Symphonic Orquestra Simón Bolívar
The Venezuelan National Orchestra, (La Orquesta Sinfonica de Venezuela) which includes the prestigious Symphonic Orquestra Simón Bolívar, is moving to a brand new home: the new Venezuelan Symphony Hall and Performing Arts Centre in Caracas. The heart of the hall’s recording system will be Merging Technologies’ Pyramix DAW with full DSD/SACD capabilities. The system was supplied by Merging’s distributor, Corporacion Video Carrillo.
The new Symphony Hall will have over 11,000 square meters between two general rehearsal halls (one of them with a variable reverb and resonance chamber), 11 sectional rehearsal rooms, 24 piano rehearsal rooms, 25 double rehearsal rooms, 25 individual rehearsal rooms, one percussion rehearsal room, three amphitheatre rooms, six musical theory rooms, one children’s workshop and one Luthier workshop. All the rooms will be linked to audio and video facilities.
Sergio Prado, director of audio engineering for the new hall, commented, “We clearly believe in the potential of DSD, so the ‘moment’ captured by the mics will be pre-amplified with HV-3s. This signal will be converted to DSD stream and at the same time, we will manage a 48Khz PCM signal as an audio reference for the Video Machines and the reference copies for the students. The DSD recording post-production will use Merging’s Pyramix DAW, thanks to the compatibility at file level, for the final SACD and CD master. Needless to say, we are planning to open our facility to anyone wishing to use our resources.”
Maestro Jose Antonio Abreu founded the Venezuelan National Orquestra System in 1975, acknowledged among others by UNO and OEA. The Symphonic Orquestra Simón Bolívar is the flagship, but the system has 120 orquestras over the whole country and at all levels involving 125,000 people throughout the country including little children and youngsters. He adds, “Our main objective is to bring music to everybody, our experience is being transferred (backed up by UNO) to other Latin American countries.”
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