MI2N
Music Industry News Network
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 22ND
Advanced Search
MusicDish Advertising Network
Subscribe to Mi2N's Free Newsletters B2N (business) i2N (indie)
HOME | FREE NEWS SUBMISSION | PREMIUM PR DISTRIBUTION | PR COPYWRITING | RSS FEEDS | TESTIMONIALS | CONTACT

Sections: Band | Business | Career | Events | Label | Music Releases | Radio | Tech | Video | Web Events
Genres: Country/Folk | Dance/Electronica | Jazz/Blues | Latin | Rock | Urban | World
International: Asia | Canada | Europe

Advertise | Artist Development | Submit Video | MusicDish*China | MusicDish e-Journal | MusicDish Network | Urban Music News Network
Music Events (more headlines) 12-19-2012

Colorado Symphony Orchestra And Chorus Present Handel's Messiah, Captured In Its Entirety Using Neumann Digital Microphones

Bookmark and Share
Email: jeff@hummingbirdmedia.com
Website: http://www.hummingbirdmedia.com/
Denver, CO – December 19, 2012 – Last week, the Colorado Symphony Orchestra (CSO) and Colorado Symphony Chorus (CSC) presented the centuries-old masterwork of the Christmas season: Handel's Messiah. The 90 minute-long oratorio, conducted by CSO resident conductor Scott O'Neil, took place at the Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church on December 11th and 12th and was recorded in its entirety using Neumann digital microphones for a planned future album release.

The performance, which featured 40 musicians, 80 choral singers and four soloists, took place in the sanctuary of Montview before a congregation of roughly 600 people and was recorded by Mike Pappas, a Denver-based engineer and owner of Pappas Consulting LLC, assisted by engineer Devin Shorb. Pappas, who says he records more than 100 events each year using digital microphones, chose Neumann digital microphones because of their ease of set-up, almost non-existent noise floor and sonic clarity.

"We have worked with digital mics for so long now, that we are actually more comfortable using digital in a situation like this," says Pappas. "We have come to rely on the infallibility of digital microphone technology and as long as you have the mics set up in the right location, the mix becomes a walk in the park." Pappas, who deployed 12 channels of Neumann digital microphone technology on location over two nights, says that he no longer has to worry about distortion or overloading the signal when using Neumann's digital mic technology. "On top of that, the audio quality is immaculate," he continues. "Better than analog through a mic preamplifier."

Handel's Messiah is a particularly challenging piece to record — not just because of its 90-plus minute duration, but also because of its vast dynamic range and diversity of instrumentation and arrangements. "We go everywhere from a quiet harpsichord solo to the entire orchestra playing along with 80 voices and all four soloists singing at once," Pappas says. "There is this enormous dynamic range, and the digital mics capture it perfectly and don't even flinch."

Pappas' set up consisted of (6) Neumann KM 133 Ds, (4) KM 184 Ds, (2) KM 185Ds and a KM 120 D, all of which were plugged into a pair of Neumann DMI-8 digital microphone interfaces. These interfaces were then routed into an RME Fireface 800 24-bit, 192 kHz firewire interface, which subsequently ran into Pappas' Apple MacBook Pro running Logic Pro 9.

Neumann KM 133 Ds, which use the legendary Neumann M50 titanium capsule and diaphragm, were used for the left, center and right arrays. Pappas says these are his 'go-to' microphones for symphony work, and he appreciates their flat low frequency response and omni-directional pattern. A pair of Neumann KM 184 D cardioid microphones were used to mic the four opera soloists — one on the males, another on the females. These were both placed about 5 to 6 feet back to capture the full-bodied resonance and tone of the singers.

To capture every last detail of the massive, 80-person choir, Pappas chose to use a pair of Neumann KM 185 D hyper-cardioid microphones for their outstanding directivity and definition. To record the audience, they deployed a Mid-Side (M/S) microphone set-up consisting of a Neumann KM 184 D cardioid on top of a Neumann KM 120 D with a figure of eight pattern. "The reason we chose an M/S configuration was because we can vary the width of the stereo field during post-production," Pappas explains. "You can't do this using the conventional XY configuration."

On listening to the mix, Pappas realized he needed a mic for the bass section of the orchestra, and a highlight for the tympani. He therefore added (2) Neumann KM 133 D mics to accommodate this.

The entire performance was monitored on Sennheiser HD 280 Pro headphones. "We had nowhere to set up monitors and were seated up front, near the orchestra. Therefore we required a headphone that could give us a very good representation of what was going on while having plenty of isolation." Following successful tracking of the performance, Pappas handed over the headphones to a few of the musicians, who were still present. "They were completely knocked out by the quality," he recalls. "When the musicians listen to it and tell you it sounds amazing, you know you are doing the right thing."

While many engineers have stayed true to analog microphone technology, Pappas says he has now made the permanent transition to digital. "Once you move into digital and realize what it brings to the table in terms of quality, resolution and detail, you can never go back," he says. "What we get night after night is a completely accurate representation of how the performance actually sounded in the room."

To learn more about Neumann digital microphones, please visit http://www.neumann.com.





About Neumann
Georg Neumann GmbH, with its headquarters in Berlin, Germany, is well-known as one of the world’s leading manufacturers of microphones. The company, which was established in 1928, has a long track record of world-leading product designs and has been recognized with a string of international awards for its technology innovations. From 2010, Neumann offers this expertise in electro-acoustic transducer technologies to the studio monitoring market, and will provide optimum solutions to its customers in the areas of TV and radio broadcasting, recording, and audio productions. Neumann is now the perfect partner for both the input and the output of the audio signal path. Neumann has manufacturing facilities in Germany (microphones) and Ireland (loudspeakers), and is represented in over 50 countries worldwide by Sennheiser subsidiaries, as well as by long-term trading partners. Georg Neumann GmbH is a Sennheiser Group company.


About Sennheiser
Sennheiser is a world-leading manufacturer of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. Established in 1945 in Wedemark, Germany, Sennheiser is now a global brand represented in 60 countries around the world with U.S. headquarters in Old Lyme, Conn. Sennheiser's pioneering excellence in technology has rewarded the company with numerous awards and accolades including an Emmy, a Grammy, and the Scientific and Engineering Award of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

You can find all the latest information on Sennheiser by visiting our website at www.sennheiserusa.com or by contacting:

Contact:
Jeff Touzeau
Public Relations
Hummingbird Media, Inc.
(914) 602-2913
jeff@hummingbirdmedia.com

Bookmark and Share

back | top



MusicDish Advertising Network

Mi2N Music PR

Gauge Introduces ECM-80 Vocal Microphone

Natalie Brown Releases "This Christmas" EP In Time For The Holidays

ABANDONED SOULS - NEW CD, "INSIGHTFUL MINDS AT EASE"

Rising Young Star Craig James Releases Debut Single, "(Maw Maw) Why Her?" Produced By Arden Lo

Supermodel Astronaut Challenge By Worldwide Groove Corporation Gaining Momentum In Wake Of Other Feminist Trends

All Music Guide Premieres Exclusive Stream Of Rachael Sage's "Blue Roses," Available In Stores Now!

New Hit Single "Impossible" JA The DragAn Ft. Gudda Gudda

Underground 114 (Rock Night)



MusicDish*China Song Blast
Promote Your Music Single In China

News Headlines
Mi2N EDITOR'S PICKS
» Record-Breaking Year At The Greek Theatre Under Nederlander Concerts Management
» The DJ Party 3.0 With Hercules Universal DJ
» Warner Music Group And Tencent Enter Groundbreaking Strategic Partnership In China
» Robert Kramer Guarantees "Strange Times" For New Music Videos
» IDOL OF FEAR Streaming Full Album 'All Sights Affixed, Ablaze' On Metal Nation Radio Due Out Nov. 18th
» Universal Music Appoints Dickon Stainer As President And Chief Executive Officer Of Global Classics
» A New Economy Based On Sharing And Collaboration Launches On Indiegogo.
» The Ultimate Seminar Returns For 2014
» LEGENDARY SINGERS OF CHRISTMAS SONGS CELEBRATED IN NEW MUSICAL TRIBUTE
» Taylor Swift, Global Superstar And Record-Breaking Singer-Songwriter, Re-Signs With BMI


Get your music news covered...
Have your press release written
by the pros at Mi2N

Articles
MUSICDISH E-JOURNAL
» BMG Signs Worldwide Rights Management Deal With Chinese Music Company Giant Jump
» CMA Gives Snapshot Into Music Discovery Behavior
» How To Manage Your Talent: FIVE Realistic Tips For Success
» Executive Wach: Villanova University School Of Law, Mozart's Estates Theatre, Universal Music Publishing Group, Music Group, HighVolMusic, New West Records
» PRS Guitars Amps Up 30 Years Of Manufacturing
» Spotify Overtakes ITunes In Europe For Kobalt
» Incisors Break Through The Dawn With Their Debut Album On Nov. 28
» The First Chinese Rock Exhibition Launched In Beijing
» CIAM Congress Meets In Nashville To Discuss Music Copyright In The Digital Age
» The Modern Musical Magi Of Beijing
» World's Most Influential Electronic Music Figureheads Head To Asia
» MOCAMIX: DJ Daniel Wang

Mi2N's Music PR distribution service guarantees online exposure for your press release. Choose from seven (7) different packages.


HOME | FREE NEWS SUBMISSION | PREMIUM PR DISTRIBUTION | PR COPYWRITING | RSS FEEDS | TESTIMONIALS | CONTACT

Sections: Band | Business | Career | Events | Label | Music Releases | Radio | Tech | Video | Web Events
Genres: Country/Folk | Dance/Electronica | Jazz/Blues | Latin | Rock | Urban | World
International: Asia | Canada | Europe

Advertise | Artist Development | Submit Video | MusicDish*China | MusicDish e-Journal | MusicDish Network | Urban Music News Network
Copyright © 1997-2014 MusicDish LLC, all rights reserved. Text, graphics, and HTML code are protected by US and International Copyright Laws, and may not be copied, reprinted, published, translated, hosted, or otherwise distributed by any means without explicit permission.