This one's for JA -
I was reading an old audiophile magazine recently (not Stereophile) and in it was a piece about miking techniques. The writer said there were 3 main types - multi-miking, spaced (3 symmetrical - like RCA and Mercury) and one-point (Blumlein).
But in examining the techniques used in the vast majority of audiophile recordings, I found that none of these apply. Maybe multi-miking does, but these seem to use two mains, with spot mikes in the backdrop. In other words, mostly purist. And this would be far from pop music - which mikes to death and requires heavy processing later.
No, most of our music seems to be sourced from 2 (main) spaced mikes - not 3, like the classic RCA's. Is this true ? If those recordings are so cherished, why aren't (quality) labels employing an array like they did ?