slpianoproject took me a while to go through your post. To sum up your results it seems the 4 mics gave you the best sound. I assume everything goes through Akai EiE pro USB audio interface. Does this give you one overall sound track combined or 4 separate sound tracks to add to your video?
And speaking of the video, you mentioned the lens, but somewhere I missed the actual camera.
I know you edit the music in garage band, but what are you using for video?
Thanks again...love what you are doing and I hope you can share more of your great playing and recording tricks.
To answer your questions, yes the 4 mics go through the Akai interface and gives me 4 seperate mono tracks.... I would have the option to have 2 seperate stereo tracks (1 for each pair of mics) but i prefer to work from mono.
The camera is a Sony a57 dslr... any camera with interchangeable lens would do. You just want large aperture opening for the shallow depth of field. Btw, for a film look, you want to film at 24fps with 1/50 shutter speed. It makes a whole lot of difference.
And finally, i edit in the sound Logic pro, but any editing program would do as i dont really manipulate the sound coming from the mics. For video, i use Adobe premiere elements (i bought it in a bundle with photoshop elements for photo for 150$). I think i'ld have get the same results using Imovie tho since i didnt really do any fancy stuff in the video editing as well.
Glad you appreciate the info!