I typically try and get approximately halfway between soundboard and stage dead center. Impressive effort first time out though. There have been tapers who have done it for many years making "excellent" recordings who don't do as well and aren't interested in improving their craft.
oh for Christ sakes, some people don't buy into the "you must spend $3K on mics to get a nice recording" philosophy.
this was recorded with a $90 deck with internal mics, and it sounds just fine (actually, much better than fine):
did I mention I set the deck on the floor, by the performers feet? (i.e. about the worst spot you could tape from, other than the bathroom)
conversely: "some people lean too heavily on the money spent on equipment vs. learning optimal positioning, and how their gear actually works. and some people audio tape from where they are shooting video, which is also most often far from the stage or PA.
I have numerous shows taped from far away that sound excellent as well.
but your veiled comments are cute, I'll give you that.
like "ugly puppy" cute.
Yes, you have proven my point. If you consider that a recording you are proud of then there is nothing I can say to make you get it. Personally I couldn't listen to more than five minutes of that before I'd go for something better. Better gear, better location and knowing how to use your gear makes for better recordings. I am still waiting to hear any of your recording that sound excellent regardless of location. You may think they do, but then again you think spending money on gear is a waste of money or you just can't afford it so you are attempting to justify your lack of funds.
not at all, I clear $5K a month on my legal hippie lettuce hobby alone, so money is not an issue.
you don't need a $10K knife to skin a cat. you can do a stellar job with a $100 knife, that is, if you know what the fuck you are doing
not to mention you didn't even listen to it yet (you've captured 6% of it so far, so at least your curiosity is piqued), so you're proving my point quite nicely.
you can hear every element necessary on this recording, sans distortion. clarity, fingers dragging on the strings, a bit of crowd noise, but it was a full service restaurant, with clinking plates and glasses less than 3 feet from the stage.
it's YOUR side of the street if your hearing is subpar.
your faux elitism based on microphones is suspect as well.
I'm sorry that you lack the intelligence to milk a gem recording with minimalist gear.
again, that's your side of the street.