Thanks for this. I think I'll go lie down now. And I'll edit my previous posts so there's no mistake that it's 50 mics and not 15. Based on that write up, I'm guessing the microphones that don't appear on this diagram are all the close microphones for each player. In which case, that would mean there are all of those mics plus the ones in the diagram (i.e. more than 50)?From the VLS website,
50 Microphones – 50 Musicians
We spared no effort recording Synchron FX Strings I, using dedicated close microphones for each player of the string orchestra. For easy handling, you have quick access to six stereo down-mixes of these individual close mic signals (Violins 1 & 2, Violas 1 & 2, Cellos, Double Basses). Due to the comprehensive selection of further stereo and room mic arrays you can create your individual string ensemble sound in stereo, 5.1 surround, or even 9.1 immersive audio format, using the player’s full-fledged mixer.