The Corbett Studio, an audio recording and production facility located in downtown Cincinnati’s arts district, used VTG’s new DigiPHY8Mic system to record the 2006 Cincinnati Opera Summer Festival. VTG is the parent company of Horizon Music Inc. and Rapco International, manufacturers of audio and video interfacing and cable equipment. Corbett recorded the opera for future radio broadcasts on WGUC-FM 90.9 (Cincinnati Classical Public Radio) and WVXU-FM 91.7, The opera festival featured performances of Tosca, L’Étoile (pictured), A Masked Ball and The Tales of Hoffmann.
The DigiPHY8mic features an 8-channel design in a one-rackspace, full metal jacket with all connections in the rear. It includes a faceplate with LED status and channel indicators, and has no fans or other moving parts. Each input offers 48-volt phantom power, programmable input gain ranging from 0 to 66 dB in 0.5dB steps, maximum input levels to +10 dBu/2k, and 80Hz low-cut and 12kHz high-cut filters.
“We did a lot of research in determining the ideal system that would best adhere to all of our operational needs,” says Alex Kosiorek, Corbett Studio’s audio recording and mastering engineer. “Recording a live performance comprised of a comprehensive staged opera, along with a pit orchestra, presents complexities that are not common in other types of acoustic music recording environments, especially when a high degree of audio quality and reliability is needed.
“We used two of the DigiPHY input modules and were able to connect 16 channels of 24-bit audio directly to our Yamaha DM1000 console [via an AVY16-ES EtherSound card] through one Cat-5 cable,” Kosiorek continues. “In using VTG’s DigiPHY for our sound recordings for future radio broadcasts of the opera series, we have not only achieved optimum sound, but have also saved time and money thanks to DigiPHY’s program simplicity and equipment compatibility.”