...i want to be clever and take a nice condenser clip mic attached to the chanter,
another not so nice condenser clipmic attached to the bordunes,
connect them to AKG B29L phantom power supply, mix volume to taste, connect the B29L to XD-V55 and fini.
Will this set-up work?
In the course of my long career as a Sound Supervisor for TV Outside broadcasts, ("remotes" to our US colleagues)
...I've had the honour to mic a plethora of single and massed pipers for a staggering variety of coverage ...and my main comment in regard to your proposed set-up is that, technically, (given your employment of the correct XLF to TA4F "dynamic mic" cable http://www.thomann.d...chlusskabel.htm from the AKG power supply/mini-mixer into your beltpack and your AKG B29L's output being switched to "Mic" level) ...it would indeed "function"...
as for it actually "working"...
...och, I hae me doots, Bonnie Laddie !
(Mind ye, it's only me opinion, ye ken..)
Aside from adding yet another "box" to your piper's load, even once you've taped over the AKG's thumbwheels to secure them at settings that seemed fine on such rehearsal as you may get, I feel that those settings will almost certainly "drift".
For me, the best bet would be to listen to as much actual playing as you can with a view to ascertaining the "area" that will allow you to derive a "balanced image" of that instrument from only ONE high quality mic that's appropriately mounted, wind-gagged and/or weatherproofed.
I have two techniques for doing that, the choice of which is based on the equipment at hand:
- Listening via headphones to a directional mic on a pole that I "wave around" the instrument to locate the (often surprising) "sweet spot", ...or...
- Blocking one of my ears and walking around the instrument for the same purpose.
Having done that, I then secure the best and most rugged omnidirectional lavalier I can find as close to that "sweet spot" as I can.
Which lavalier ?
Well, there is an old document regarding compatibility http://line6.com/sup...v70-transmi-r14, but the only one from that selection that seems rugged enough to me would be Shure's WL93, as I've found that the adapter arrangements for the (admittedly FAR better sounding) DPA4099 have given me "splatting" grief in the field.
I'm really "sweating" on people to report how they've gone with re-wiring the supplied TA4F connectors of Beyerdynamic's TG mikes, both headset and lavalier, as I feel that the moisture resistant and fine sounding Beyerdynamic TG L55c may prove to be an excellent choice for this application.
Check out the last entries of these two discussions and you'll see what I mean: