2006/06/12 – Millfield Evening Recital Recording

What was recorded – Steinway Grand Piano, Soprano Voice, Flute, Harpsichord, Tenor voice, Marimba, Cellos, Alto Saxaphone, French Horn, Violin

Who was recorded – Various Performers

Time – Night

Place – Millfield Old Music Lodge

Equipment – Dell Inspiron 600m laptop with E-MU1616M audio interface, AKG C451B small-diaphragm condenser microphones – set up as an ORTF-pair. ORTF Pair was mounted from the ceiling about 3 metres away from stage, centered.

Format – Stereo WAV 24bit/48kHz

Project Size– 4.1GB

Comments

Contrary from the previous Evening Recital which was recorded from the back of the room, this time the microphones were ceiling mounted much closer to stage – thus reducing the amount of room sound and audience noise (coughs and other weird sound). Also gone was the sound of passing traffic.

Pre-amps were set at low gain to prevent any clipping throughout the entire night, as different instruments had very different dynamic ranges.

For a quick set up, I think that this was quite successful. The stereo field comes out nicely in the cello ensemble.

Transient Response of the harpsichord was recorded nicely.

Demo1 – (Amelia Dowsett & Ng Hoong Ern) Excerpt from Bach’s Flute Sonata [mp3 192kbps 0:10 236kb]

The balance between the Harpsichord and the Flute was not to say the greatest – mainly because only one manual of the harpsichord was being used (the other was out of tune). And the flute is quite a piercing instrument. A few weird phasing issues arrised with one or two of the bass strings on the harpsichord, whereupon the sound sound be to one side of the stereo field.

Demo2 – (Laura Hammonds & Cello Group) Excerpt from Bruch’s Kol Nidrei [mp3 192kbps 0:10 236kb]

Other than a cello peg holder making clicking noises throughout the recording, I find that this recording brought out excellent stereo field response and separation between the five different cellos, who effectively were in a semi-circle around the microphones. Again some minor phasing issues with bass notes.

Demo3 – (Edwin Li // Strawberry Wang) Excerpt from Saint-Saens (1st 5secs), Excerpt from Bach’s Fugue (last 5secs) [mp3 192kbps 0:10 236kb]

The room swallowed and muffled the loud notes on the french horn, but there wasn’t anything much I could do. The room just doesn’t seem designed with french horn playing in mind. I think the violin sounds decent, although perhaps a little bright.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *