What is mid side recording?

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To improve audio recording we must take into account the whole path that the sound follows from its source to obtain a final digital version (which will be the one we use to include in our video or to broadcast if we are live).

When it has a sufficiently high level it can be digitized (using an analog-to-digital converter) and from that moment on it can be treated like any other digital information: record, store, edit…

If you want to know a little more about some concepts widely used in sound recording take a look at this article: Professional sound: levels, connectors and cables. Simple explanation, it is a bit technical but it will give you a global vision to speak in the same language as the ‘pro’ audio people.

Let’s take as reference this example of a person talking (or singing) and different ways we would have to pick up that sound. The graph would represent in some way the improvement in sound quality that we could achieve with each configuration:

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Mid Side miking is a stereo recording technique that gives the mixing engineer full control over the stereo image of the recorded audio (i.e., how far left and right it is tilted). Even better, this flexibility is offered after recording. In other words, setting up microphones in this way gives you the freedom to adjust the stereo width of a track as you please. In addition, mid-mic recordings can be easily collapsed into a centered mono track for a more accurate mix, and are highly phase-coherent.

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In this way, the Mid Mic technique allows you to be more successful and save time and money. At the very least, if you set it up correctly and use quality microphones, this recording method delivers great sound.

Beyond its applications in music studio production, the MS recording technique has become an important mechanism in broadcasting and capturing live music productions.

Microphone recording techniques

But this is changing with cell phones. We have the ability to record conversations, in voice or video, to anyone, whether or not they are aware that we are saving it for posterity.

There is a 2016 Supreme Court Ruling that states that. “The submission to the process of recordings of private conversations made by one of its protagonists does not infringe the right to secrecy of communications, since this right cannot be used against the participants in the conversation themselves”.

However, when we record (either only in sound or also with images) a conversation in which we participate, given that the right protects us, we can present it as evidence in a judicial proceeding.

As an example, we have a 2009 Supreme Court ruling. In it, a defendant accused of sexual abuse was acquitted of a similar situation, since the Court understands that the recording violates the right of every person not to testify against himself.

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If the sound quality coming out of your speakers or an audio accessory is not good, the audio recording itself may not be of good quality. Try listening to the same recording on a different device.

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If you are using a communications application, such as Skype, you may want to set up your communications device separately when using speakers or a headset. This is the way to set up a communications device:

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If the sound quality coming out of your speakers or an audio accessory is not good, the audio recording itself may not be of good quality. Try listening to the same recording on a different device.

If you are using a communications application, such as Skype, you may want to set up your communications device separately when using speakers or a headset. This is how to set up a communications device:

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