The current struggles of live performance could be a deterrent for artists. However, pioneers keep exploring with the new normal. During the pandemic, I started noticing that the audio quality of the playback for online streaming and in the cinema were not always at their best.
There are differences in the way music is recorded, produced, and delivered for different media such as live concerts, TV, or mobile device. Even if very similar, they have quite different approaches to delivering the sound. For example, orchestra music in films is utilizing the latest sound system configuration and pushing the envelopment, while live recordings for TV and DVD are still in a conventional way.
In the end, I came up with the idea to record and present live orchestral recording in a unique way for the playback on websites, TV, or even in the cinema. It would be very nice if we could provide the freedom of choice to the audience who is listening to or watching a concert from their living rooms or on their commute via mobile devices.
With the help of our partners, Productions Troublemakers and MTRX Audio, we presented this project to the Laval Symphony Orchestra. They were super interested and joined us. We agreed to deliver a cinema version for movie theatre as well as a binaural version for online streaming.
I also approached Sennheiser with this project to record the Laval Symphony Orchestra in a more immersive way. After researching on different techniques currently used and adapting to our needs, we made our mind using Sennheiser’s AMBEO Cube microphone arrangement of 9 MKH800 Twin to capture the full breadth of the Orchestra, merged with the Decca Tree technique and adding multiple spot microphones. We came up with a configuration to capture the space and get an immersive feeling. With the joint efforts of Productions Troublemakers and MTRX Audio, I delivered a cinema mix with AMBEO Cube and a binaural mix recorded with Neumann KU100 for mobile devices. Both delivered the ultimate immersive experience of being right in front of the conductor and surrounded by the musicians of the orchestra.