CHARLOTTE, NC â€” When Rack-N-Roll, Nashvilleâ€™s most comprehensive professional audio rental and sales company, set out to do a live recording of The Cureâ€™s recent performance in North Carolina for HDnetâ€™s concert series, Rack-N-Roll crew members Rob Dennis, Jack Clarke, and Mike Phenix knew that Holophoneâ€™s H2-PRO surround microphone would be a part of its recording gear.
HDnet provides viewers with the best in original high-definition comedy, drama, news, sports and music programming. Having used the H2-PRO in the past for such high-profile live concert recordings as Lynard Skynard and Wyclef Jean, the mic has become Rack-N-Rollâ€™s mic of choice when recording live concerts in 5.1 surround due to its ease of setup and quality sound.
â€œThe Holophone H2-PRO, I would say, is the sound of our surround projects,â€? says Rob Dennis, president of Rack-N-Roll. â€œItâ€™s just absolutely amazing to have a phase coherent 5.1 source. Thatâ€™s the beauty of this microphone, all of your source points are already positioned so there is no phase issues. You donâ€™t have to move tracks around to create a fake surround perspective, youâ€™re getting true 5.1 surround sound. In the case of HDnet, they broadcast everything in 5.1. Thatâ€™s why the network loves working with us because we give them a true 5.1 perspective through Holophoneâ€™s H2-PRO.â€?
With the patented arrangement of the H2-PROâ€™s eight mic elements, it is able to capture an ultra-realistic surround recording with no signal manipulation required. The mic was simply placed at the front of house position and was ready to record. For The Cure project, the H2-PRO was used with 24 channels of API Preâ€™s and 24 channels of vintage Neve Preâ€™s. Lead singer Robert Smithâ€™s vocal channel used a Groove Tubes Vipre preamp and vintage Teletronix LA-2a compressor. All tracks were recorded to a Radar multi-track recorder and then recorded back to Pro Tools. Another asset in using the H2-PRO for Rack-N-Rollâ€™s live projects is the minimal amount of changes that have to be made in post.
â€œAfter recording a concert, we typically go back and make sure the audio is right for broadcast,â€? Dennis continues. â€œBut 95% of what you are hearing, itâ€™s all live. There are no fixes. The only thing we have to do is to edit the audio and get the mix to where everyone is happy with it.â€?
The program entitled, â€œThe Cure â€“ 4play in Charlotte,â€? will premiere on HDnet this Sunday, October 26 at 8:00 PM ET (5:00PT). For more information on Holophoneâ€™s microphones visit, www.holophone.com. For more information on Rack-N-Rollâ€™s products and services, visit www.racknrollaudio.com .