2006/06/27 – Millfield Horn Trio + other Recordings

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.

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