The authors present a novel approach to recording classical music, making use of non-adjacent 3rd order Ambisonics microphone arrays. The flexible combination of source separated signals with varied degrees of beamforming focus enable independent levels control, while maintaining the spatial coherence and reverberation qualities of the recorded spaces. The non-coincidental arriving locations of multiple arrays allow for post-production manipulations without disrupting the inherent classical music logic that values the overall sound as opposed to individual single sound sources. In addition, this method employs portable and lightweight equipment to record decorrelated signals, which can be mixed in surround formats with enhanced sense of depth.
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