What was recorded – A Steinway grand piano, A French Horn, A violin
Who was recorded – Ng Hoong Ern (piano), Edwin Li (Horn), Strawberry Wang (violin); playing Saint-Saen’s Romance in F (for piano&horn), and Brahm’s Horn Trio, 1st movement.
Time – Morning
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 about 4 metres away from stage.
Format – Stereo WAV 24bit/48kHz
Project Size– 759MB
The recording was quite a rushed one, resulting in many mistakes, but still a decent sound was recorded. The brick wall at the back of the lodge doesn’t help the sound of all the instruments. Transient response of mics ended up recording quite a bit of the horn’s key noises.
Demo1 – Excerpt from Brahm’s Horn Trio [mp3 192kbps 0:10 236kb]
I think the balance ended up with the piano on the softer side – it could probably have been put on accompanying stick (which it didn’t have). The violin came out a bit thin, I think.
Demo2 – Excerpt from Saint-Saen’s Romance in F [mp3 192kbps 0:10 236kb]
Me sightreading the score! Good balance between the instruments, although again reverb kind of spoils it, in my opinion.