Whenever it comes up, you seem to shy away from discussing microphone/preamp equipment and techniques...any particular reason? Is it just a null discussion, or do they scare you?? o_O
Microphone preamps are boring. People fetishise them and project all kinds of magical powers onto them - mainly on Gearslutz.
Microphone preamps are definitely *not* where the magic happens.
Microphones are very slightly more interesting but they are still just transducers and transducers are not interesting. I've used $20,000 microphones and I've used $50 microphones and guess what? I've recorded more great takes with a Shure SM57 than I have with a Calrec Soundfield.
My technique for placing microphones is to point them at the source and listen. If it sounds good record it and move on. If it doesn't, move it somewhere else. If it doesn't sound good anywhere, change it for another. Do this until you hear what you like.
Anybody who tries to tell you there is any more to it than that is a bullshitter.
Any recording is 99% source, 0.6% microphone and 0.4% preamp.
Cheers for answering my Q about your gear.
No way do I have the space or cash for that kinda gear.
I was gutted as a child when my dad got rid of his mono Moog:(
Mir is excellent.
Due 2 character limit etc...
My dad also loves Mir, n said that you are having a Dark Side of the Moon moment with this album. He regards it as their pivotal moment. Any chance of a CM article?