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Jan 25 17 2:38 PM

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Schoeps mk2 pair spaced 48"
AT 4050 omni pair hung from catwalk midway in the house - spaced WIDE
Schoeps mk4 spot on the horn soloist - I'm anticipating using it for about 5 seconds out of a 14 min piece of music.

Hardy M1 for the 2 stereo pairs and a Buzz QSP for the spot mic. I would have happily used either for the entire gig, but we are matching previous recordings with the Hardys, so I kept that for continuity.
RME UFX to Reaper.

What a joy to work with such a minimalist setup in a great sounding room...I wish I could do this kind of thing more often!

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Jan 25 17 4:25 PM

It was a new composition  - Concerto for French Horn and Strings by Canadian Composter Stephen Chatman. Perfomed by Vancouver Island Symphony featuring French Horn soloist Andrew Clark at the Port Theatre in Nanaimo BC.  I really enjoyed it!

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Jan 25 17 11:32 PM

Yes, exactly. This is the last of a series of five recordings I've done with them and this was the smallest ensemble. Each recording features the work of a different local composer. In the past I have done much more elaborate recordings with this orchestra using an unnecessary number of spot mics at the request of the producer. Due to budget restraints, I convinced them to make this project a simple production. Thankfully, the current musical director/conductor has really brought the quality of the orchestra up and they are now capable of balancing themselves in a way to facilitate a more classic, minimalist approach to capture.

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Feb 14 17 3:46 PM

Such a Godsend having great players in a great room !!!
Well done !

I'm actually recording a live Opera accompanied by grand piano and string quartet on Friday at Vincent D'Indy Music School in Montreal,
then back up North on Saturday for another Live show / Radio broadcast of traditional Quebecois music 6 piece band !

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Feb 16 17 3:47 PM

mario i wrote:
Such a Godsend having great players in a great room !!!
Well done !

I'm actually recording a live Opera accompanied by grand piano and string quartet on Friday at Vincent D'Indy Music School in Montreal,
then back up North on Saturday for another Live show / Radio broadcast of traditional Quebecois music 6 piece band !

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Cool! How did the Opera recording go?

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Feb 21 17 3:50 PM

The Opera went well. I really had to work hard to mic things up since I seemed to be in everyone's way....
1st Projectionist, then video, then projectionist.... I almost felt like packing up and leaving... :(
The Projectionist claimed my boom stand was in the audiences way.... seriously???

Closer to the stage was in the video way.
I gave in and put the mics on a small stereo stand in the middle of the stage....
But they were still bothering the video....
I finally positioned them 1/3 off the the right of the stage, in front of where the the vocalists were mostly performing...

Then during rehearsal, they moved so much it became obvious their "image" would be limited....

So I added another stereo pair on the floor slightly on the left pointing up....
Finally I added another stereo pair on the right about head height behind a column.

Under normal circumstances there's no way I'd need to do this... but hey, you gotta be ready.

It works, you can clearly hear the vocals which was most important imho and the piano with quartet are well balanced.

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Feb 24 17 7:06 PM

mario i wrote:
The Opera went well. I really had to work hard to mic things up since I seemed to be in everyone's way....


Typical. "We don't want to know you're here, but it better sound like a million..." and usually pretty quick to complain if something doesn't sound exactly right!

Under normal circumstances there's no way I'd need to do this... but hey, you gotta be ready.

It works, you can clearly hear the vocals which was most important imho and the piano with quartet are well balanced.
Good job. Rolling with the punches and coming out with a good product against all odds is the key to more gigs!


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Mar 26 17 6:54 AM

Recording on a 'Perfect Stage' is lots easier.

Recording on a 'Perfect Stage' is lots easier than getting good sound from an interview in a noisy bar. Even with a good shotgun mic and the subject a few feed away, the audio is drown out by the ambient room sound. If I mic the interviewer, they need to get in your face to hear you and there is no room for a boom mic unless the boom is in the shot. There must be a better way?

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Mar 27 17 11:49 AM

-Find a better venue.
-Find a better location within the venue.
-Get closer to the source and use a head worn lavaliere mic.

If one of these accommodations can't be agreed to, then kindly explain to the
Producer that although aging an interesting scenery, is totally useless if you can't
hear what they're saying....

It's the equivalent of filming with a strobe light flashing in a dark room...

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