We recently put on (Pulitzer finalist!) Death and the Powers in Dallas, TX and broadcast the last show to 9 venues in the US and continental Europe. We created a relatively complex broadcast performance system which connected to people’s phones as well. I also mixed the performances. The audio system required careful thought— we added
Joel says pianos aren’t that hard to mic up if they’re nice instruments. I’m still on with piano recordings. Maybe one day I’ll get bored, but I’m not there yet. Sterile piano recordings are the worst (except for R&B/Hiphop sometimes). Lately I keep hearing Jazz recordings where the piano sounds so pure and wrong. Jazz
You might be surprised to learn that MIT has a pretty amazing jazz scene. Recently I had the opportunity to record a friend’s vocal recital featuring some of Institute’s finest Jazz musicians.
Tiny desk and NPR field recordings are really interesting applications of MS. Most other YouTube recordings of live performances are tracked and mixed more like a studio, with many microphones.
We had some fun combining techniques used on pop and R&B albums with spectral re-synthesis to try and emulate top 40 style production and synths, starting from only voices.
Update! I’ll keep posting new things here as I finish them, but take a listen to this! MKH40s close on a C7. SM81s in the room. SR25 on percussion and bass direct. I was going for a Bill Evans aesthetic (this is a Peter Godart original): We tried some Earthworks TC25 omnis and then a