Because we had no idea where the band members would physically be at any moment, we needed a capture mic in the main room which was truly omnidirectional. Also, because the dynamic levels would be all over the place - from very loud drums to very quiet conversations, we needed a high-quality mic with excellent signal to noise ratio. I had read about how the AMBEO VR Mic was used for dialogue recording on the Wolverine podcast, and this gave me the idea to use it as the main capture mic in the main recording space at Dreamland.
I positioned the mic in the center of the main room, oriented toward the drum kit. We used another mic as the main recorder. The gain was set so that when the drummer was playing live, the levels would be in the yellow, but never peaking. This was the best happy medium between the high SPLs of his drums and the quiet band conversations we needed to capture. In the end, the mic performed beautifully. The most impressive thing about it was certainly the signal to noise ratio. By applying clip gain in Pro Tools and using a small amount of noise reduction, I have been able to use conversations which happened at least 20 feet from the mic, with no problems in terms of clarity or understandability.
Since the podcast is delivered as a stereo master, we are not currently using the complete ambisonic capability of the audio we captured using the AMBEO VR Mic. However, the stereo image is excellent, and provides the perfect "live" feel when added to our mixes of the band performing in the studio. Thanks to the excellent performance of the AMBEO VR Mic, the sense of position, proximity, reality, location, as well as music and voice placement can all be truly presented in this unique immersive podcast.