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Neumann Preserves Digital Messiah

Denver-based engineer Mike Pappas recently captured the Colorado Symphony's rendition of Handel's "Messiah" with a dozen Neumann digital microphones.

Denver, CO (December 24, 2012)-Denver-based engineer Mike Pappas recently captured the Colorado Symphony’s rendition of Handel’s “Messiah” with a dozen Neumann digital microphones.

The Colorado Symphony Orchestra (CSO) and Colorado Symphony Chorus (CSC) presented the centuries-old Christmas season masterwork at the Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church in Denver on December 11th and 12th. The 90 minute-long oratorio was conducted by CSO resident conductor Scott O’Neil and was recorded in its entirety for a planned future album release. The performance featured 40 musicians, 80 choral singers and four soloists and took place before a congregation of roughly 600 people.

Pappas, owner of Pappas Consulting LLC, was assisted by engineer Devin Shorb. Pappas reportedly records more than 100 events each year using digital microphones. His set up consisted of six Neumann KM 133 Ds, four KM 184 Ds, two KM 185Ds and a KM 120 D, all of which were plugged into a pair of Neumann DMI-8 digital microphone interfaces. The interfaces were then routed into an RME Fireface 800 24-bit, 192 kHz Firewire interface, which subsequently ran into Pappas’ Apple MacBook Pro running Logic Pro 9.

“We have worked with digital mics for so long now, that we are actually more comfortable using digital in a situation like this,” says Pappas. “We have come to rely on the infallibility of digital microphone technology, and as long as you have the mics set up in the right location, the mix becomes a walk in the park.”

Pappas says that he no longer has to worry about distortion or overloading the signal when using Neumann’s digital mic technology. “On top of that, the audio quality is immaculate,” he continues. “Better than analog through a mic preamplifier.”