Last weekend was the London Marathon 2016. My girlfriend's brother ran and managed a time of 3:25:13. Awesome achievement.
In the moments when we weren't wandering around London trying to catch him, I managed to get a few short recordings.
I took the oppurtunity to take out my little portable stealth kit to see how well it performed. It consists of a Sound Devices 702 in a camera bag with two DPA4061's with mini rycote windshields strapped to either side of the bag.
Drums fuel of the atmosphere around Canary Wharf, I spent some time underneath a bridge where 2 taiko players were living.
After clambering up a railing I got a recording from slightly above the action, people with plastic hand clappers, horns in the distance, and the ever present drummers.
I think the setup performerd pretty well all told, there are some big pros and cons of it for sure.
Pro: It doesn't attract attention. Which leads to a more natural performance and causes less interruptions from interested passers by.
Con: positioning, It's difficult to be consistent with the mic positions, as there is a bag in the 30cm gap between the two mics, it's also not very natural sounding stereo image.
Next time around I might test out a different method of strapping the mics to the bag with a bit more precision and maybe some sort of stereo spacing bar involved in the bag to help.