OneMic (the Minimalistic Recording Series) is produced and engineered by veteran recording engineer John Cuniberti. This series of videos shows six recording artists performing two songs each around one stereo ribbon microphone. Each session is beautifully filmed in HD by filmmaker Nathaniel Kohfield.
What makes this series so different from other live performance videos is that the artist is in complete control of his/her presentation. This means that the sound, balance, dynamics and stereo image is decided upon at the moment of creation, not in post production. The artist (band) is responsible for the final product. Also, a high resolution video is shot with one handheld camera that hovers around the performers during their live performance. There is no editing of the audio or video. It’s as honest as it can be, including imperfections.
This organic presentation isn’t limited to bluegrass or folk music. John boldly attempts to record bands with electric guitars and drums that would normally require a multi-mic, multi- track approach. This is not the first time this has been done, but this single microphone technique was forsaken soon after the multi-track tape recorder was invented and with it came a loss of a level of musical intimacy. The OneMic series demonstrates the positive aspects of the minimalistic recording process of the 1930s with the quality of modern recording equipment.