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D’Oliveira Mics with “Magical Mangling” in Mind

Brian D'Oliveira uses a matched pair of Sanken CUX-100K microphones to capture crazy sound for films, TV and video games.

Brian D'Oliveira with his matched pair of Sanken CUX-100K microphones.
Brian D’Oliveira with his matched pair of Sanken CUX-100K microphones.

Montreal, Canada (November 17, 2020)—Brian D’Oliveira, founder and creative director at La Hacienda Creative in Montreal, Canada, uses more than 900 one-of-a-kind instruments to produce award-winning work for films, TV and video games, capturing the new and often otherworldly sounds with his matched pair of Sanken CUX-100K microphones.

“When I heard about the new CUX-100K, I thought this might be the dream microphone,” says D’Oliveira, “and they’ve become my main mics, recording all kinds of material. To my surprise, it’s become pretty much the go-to mic and I’m recording about 90% of everything that I do now with this mic. I own two CUX-100Ks, and I got them especially because of my previous experience with my Sanken CO-100Ks. What’s great about them is that they are completely neutral and grab exactly what I hear with my ears. To me it’s the closest microphone to normal human hearing that exists.”

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The high-resolution response of the mics enables D’Oliveira to manipulate the audio after recording. “I use the CUX-100K as audio putty, you could say, because sounds become a lot more workable. I do a lot of re-pitching and if I go down four octaves, I’m able to do all kinds of magical mangling. You would never be able to do this type of sonic transformation with any other microphone in the market right now.”

D’Oliveira has also been experimenting with the traditional recording of a wide variety of instruments. “To my surprise, using the CUX-100Ks produced a much bigger and massive cinematic sound out of the bass drums and our collection of rare percussion that we regularly use in our soundtrack production work. This is the original RCA Victor room from the 1940s and I use this room as an instrument in itself. The acoustics here are naturally beautiful and when I got the CUX-100K, it was the cherry on the cake because it was able to capture the full resonance and space better than any other microphone. It has become the perfect system for me to record what I do as a creator, as a composer and as a sound designer.”

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