Engineers Kyle Pyke and Beth Schofield
Puidoux, Switzerland (June 26, 2014)—Engineers Kyle Pyke and Beth Schofield are using Merging’s Horus to record sound for a documentary, The Walk to Fisterra, featuring cellist Dane Johansen.
Recording in 36 very varied buildings with completely different acoustics is challenging for any performer but even more interesting for the engineering team. Even with an identical microphone rig, very different results are likely, so as part of the project, impulse responses are being recorded at each church. A decision was made early on to record in DXD (24bit/352.8kHz) being the best combination of high resolution audio and easy post production workflow.
Pyke, a student doing a Master’s Degree at Berklee College of Music’s Valencia, Spain campus, is being assisted fellow Berklee student, Beth Schofield. A graduate of the Royal College of Music, Schofield is handling field recording, boom operating, interviews and Foley, and assists Pyke with the concert recordings which will appear on the documentary as well as the music album.
“We’re using the Horus system as our main recording interface,” said Pyke. “The interface is incredible in its pristine audio quality and flexibility in terms of I/O. One of the greatest assets of using the Horus is that we can record the project in DXD for the cleanest recording possible. Merging has been fantastic to work with, generously offering us everything we need for our project, and I’ve been able to communicate directly with their team about our goals.”
According to Jesse Lewis, a Grammy-winner who is the music producer and co-sound engineer on the project, “Capturing music is an unsatisfying process; to recreate the actual experience of BEING there is impossible—except with Merging Technologies’ Pyramix and Horus system: sample frequencies to DSD256, microphone preamplifiers with the most astounding purity and transparency, A/D converters that somehow sound analog. How is it possible!? I don’t know. Pyramix is the secret-weapon of production tools, my only production tool.”