RØDE Microphones in Sydney, Australia, announce the RØDE Soundbooth, an industry-first microphone demonstration application that allows users to audition a wide selection of RØDE microphones, professionally recorded across a range of instruments.
More than a collection of samples, the RØDE Soundbooth is a user friendly workstation that runs both in an Internet browser on computers, and natively on the Apple iPad using the free RØDE Soundbooth app.
The program’s DAW-like functionality allows users to hear how a particular microphone might sound on a particular instrument, and also to compare, in A/B fashion, how different RØDE microphones sound on the same instrument. As many of the instruments and microphone combinations are also recorded at multiple proximities, visitors can use Soundbooth to hear the subtle nuances of microphone placement.
Grammy Award–nominated producer and engineer John Merchant (Bee Gees, Celine Dion, Barbara Streisand) recorded every instrument at world-class facilities including Red Door Studio in Nashville, the Steinway Gallery in Nashville, and Middle Tennessee State University. The artists performing on the RØDE Soundbooth are some of Nashville’s finest session musicians.
Red Door Studio control room
Over the course of several weeks close to 400 individual tracks were painstakingly recorded specifically for the RØDE Soundbooth, using recording techniques specially devised to allow critical comparison between microphones.
“It’s always been logistically difficult for all but the very largest MI retailers to offer a fully featured microphone demonstration environment,” says Damien Wilson, RØDE’s global sales and marketing director. “Using the RØDE Soundbooth, users can professionally audition many RØDE microphones from the comfort of their studio, their home, or even their favorite cafe.
“Not only does this empower musicians, engineers and artists, but RØDE will be placing Soundbooth listening stations in select retail stores worldwide to provide RØDE’s flagship retailers with comprehensive demonstration kiosks.” Wilson adds.
The original uncompressed 44.1kHz/24-bit Pro Tools session and source files are also available for download from the Website.
To use RØDE Soundbooth, visit www.rodemic.com/soundbooth or download the free Soundbooth iPad app.