On May 12, Genex hosted a special playback session in Cello Studios'(Hollywood) Studio 1, where attendees got a glimpse into the rarefiedworld of Direct Stream Digital 5.1 surround recording. Back inmid-February, Sennheiser commissioned Mike Pappas of American DigitalRecording to record a series of live 32-channel DSD recordings of thelegendary Count Basie Orchestra at the University of Michigan using theGenex GX9048 Multiformat Hard Disc System. Five different arrays ofSennheiser and Neumann microphones, along with a Fritz binaural headfor the surround channels, were recorded simultaneously in DSDformat.
The recordings will be used to prepare a special Super Audio CDcelebrating the 75th anniversary of Neumann and the 100th anniversaryof Count Basie’s birth. At this event, sonic differences between LCRchannels recorded with Sennheiser’s MKH-800 (in cardioid mode) andNeumann’s M-150 omnidirectional microphones were compared.
At the soirée were John Eargle of JME Engineering; Robert Hodasof Bob Hodas Acoustic Analysis; Gary Ladinsky from DesignFX Audio;Rodney Pearson, president of Tim Jordan Rentals; Jane Scobie fromRoyaltone Studios; Melanie Mullens Hoyson, studio manager at FirehouseRecording Studios; Grant Biles, co-owner of Mi Casa Studios; and manyothers.
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