Van Morrison recently performed in Nashville for the first time at the Ryman Auditorium. The stop was part of a brief U.S. tour in support of his new album, Pay the Devil. Hank Neuberger, Grammy-winning producer from Chicago’s Third Wave Productions, recorded the concert for video producers Three on the Tree and director Danny Clinch using the H2-PRO Microphone from Holophone.
“Our challenge was to get great audience feedback,” Neuberger explains. “We had no seat kills available to us and very limited options as to how to hang microphones. So we simply put the Holophone on a standard microphone tripod stand and put it right near the front-of-house console, which is in the balcony.
“We were interested in capturing the impact, clarity, punch and persuasiveness of the audience,” Neuberger continues, “and the H2-PRO was very impressive. Veteran audio mixers who work in the Ryman also said they were genuinely impressed with the quality of that audience capture—they had never heard the Ryman audience sound that good. In fact, they called in other local engineers specifically to hear the audience through the Holophone.
“The best word I would use to describe the H2-PRO is persuasive. I’ve struggled with spaced pairs in post-production to make them work in a convincing manner. Holophone has solved that problem for us. It is always persuasive; it always puts you right there.”