we are obsessed with
microphones, acoustics and sound
below you will find a summary of our technical abilities
High-Capacity Location Recording
the studio comes to you, the music
- Hung microphone rigging systems for concert halls, theaters, churches, and auditoriums, allowing for discrete recording of visually sensitive performances.
- Portable tracking acoustics and isolation
- DSD Recording: Up to 64 Channels
- PCM Recording:
Up to 128 Channels 192k/24bit
Up to 256 Channels 96k/24bit
- Portable headphone cue mix for monitoring and overdubs
Recording for Discerning Musicians and Critical Audiophiles
acoustic music is performed in acoustic spaces, and we believe that the truest, purest and most powerful music reproduction is made by using a thoroughly vetted acoustic venue and carefully chosen and placed microphones, and a well considered signal path.
for all recordings, but especially in these, we use:
- the best condenser and tube microphones from Schoeps, DPA, Sennheiser, Neumann and Sanken
- careful monitoring through B&W loudspeakers and Sennheiser or Sony headphones
- microphone preamps and converters to suite the purpose, whether by Millenia, API, Merging Technologies, Hardy, Grace, AEA, Lindell or Neve.
Venue Scouting and Tuning
the only way to make a high quality recording in a remote acoustic location is to know it in advance and study it. we scout venues weeks or months ahead to evaluate the acoustic signature, ambient noise levels and general vibe. the requirements for acoustic location recording, especially the sheer quietness, are unusual requirements for a venue, and are foreign to most facilities managers, and we take very seriously the job of priming our record location with the ideal recording chemistry.
This 58 channel 192kHz recording was made at BRIC Arts in Brooklyn, a perfect live music and theater venue, but completely unfamiliar with recording. We spent multiple days at BRIC working with the staff to ensure the acoustic would meet the demanding standards for commercial work, then brought all microphones, recorders, and headphone cue systems for sessions.
For three days at Avatar Studios, Midtown Manhattan, we recorded the rhythm and instrumental tracks for Ted Hearne's "The Source". Pictured here, our microphone setup for the spectacularly tight drum sound.
This recording took special advantage of one of the premiere recording venues in the world. We are overjoyed to have been given our run of such a limousine of an acoustic, Soka University Performing Arts Center. And we were graced and stunned by the otherworldly performance of one of today's foremost piano trios, Trio Celeste.