The problem of production of recordings designated for surround sound systems becomes a vital problem in sound technology. Existing standards of surround systems allow for reproduction of spatial sound. However, there are no consistent recommendations as to which microphone and mixing technique could be used in specific situations. For the purpose of research presented in this paper several microphone techniques were employed for recordings of a quartet playing classical music. The mixing results in two-channel excerpts and several multichannel ones designated for 5.1 reproduction system. Then, in order to find the most preferable recording technique these excerpts were used in subjective tests.
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