Some years ago a colleague of mine was given a useful piece of advice by an elderly ex- BBC engineer…….. When preparing to record an orchestral concert, if setup time is in short supply, the simplest and safest choice of microphone assembly is an ORTF pair, which can be guaranteed to give good results in almost any situation.
Recently I have had cause to test this theory, with only a 15 minute ‘window’ in which to set up mics and no proper sound check!!
And so……………. was our old chum from the BBC right?