Music: Brass From the MET

Apr 1, 2011 9:00 AM, By Sarah Benzuly

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The Metropolitan Opera brass section during the recording of its latest CD, The Metropolitan Opera Brass: Waltzes, Songs and Festive Scenes, which was recorded by Andrew Bove.

The Metropolitan Opera brass section during the recording of its latest CD, The Metropolitan Opera Brass: Waltzes, Songs and Festive Scenes, which was recorded by Andrew Bove.

Andrew Bove

Andrew Bove

Andrew Bove—owner of Bove Audio—recently captured the performances of the Metropolitan Opera brass section for its latest CD, The Metropolitan Opera Brass: Waltzes, Songs and Festive Scenes. During the three-day recording session at Gene & Shelley Enlow Recital Hall at Kean University (Union, N.J.), Bove used a Sound Devices 788T, employing all eight inputs. Two were devoted to the main stereo pair to capture the overall sound of the group. Another two were dedicated as spot mics for the French horn section. The remaining four handled spot mics on varied instruments.

“Before the 788T, we would use a computer workstation for recording, but it wasn’t always reliable,” says Bove. “Recording budgets are small these days, and when you’re on a tight budget and don’t have infinite time in a concert hall, quick setup time is essential. Using the 788T instead of a computer workstation reduces the amount of devices that need to be connected, which saves time, reduces the amount of equipment transported and increases reliability.”

Bove’s setup included several external preamps and A/D converters, as well as a variety of microphones, including a pair of Schoeps CMC 6 MK2s through Forsell Technologies SMP-2 preamps and Lavry Engineering LavryBlue A/D converters. Another pair of the same preamps and A/D conversion was used with the AEA R84 ribbon microphones dedicated to the French horn section. Schoeps CMC 6 MK21s and CMC 4 MK 41s and Sennheiser MKH 8040s were used as additional spot mics.

Bove handled editing, mixing and mastering of the high-resolution, 8-channel WAV files for this project, relying on a Magix Sequoia DAW. Additional production was provided by David Krauss and Javier Gándara.






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