The remarkable Los Angeles Philharmonic at Walt Disney Concert Hall recently made recordings of notable challenge and complexity for the recording engineer, featuring the orchestra conducted by their Music Director, Gustavo Dudamel, released on the Deutsche Grammophon label in multiple digital formats as the latest in the LA Phil Live series.
Pyramix and the Horus Networked Audio Converters were chosen in this particular instance, with Friedemann Engelbrecht from Teldex Studio in Berlin as producer and engineer Enno Mäemets from Editroom Oy in Helsinki. Enno is a Pyramix convert since 2006 and has used Merging Technologies’ flagship products on many recordings with Esa-Pekka Salonen, the LA Phil’s Conductor Laureate. Enno’s connection with the orchestra goes back to a recording of Witold Lutosławski’s First Symphony made in the hall to complete the cycle of Lutosławski’s symphonic works started some years ago by Maestro Salonen and recently released by Sony Classical. When asked to record the latest concerts with Gustavo Dudamel, Enno wanted the Merging items to be delivered in time for the first recording of La Mer by Debussy and Stravinsky’s The Firebird which commenced on February 25th. This was rapidly edited and mixed and delivered to Bernie Grundman Mastering for immediate release in March 2013.
Enno Mäemets explains his choice of equipment thus;
“Today we have to record, edit, and mix and master these projects very quickly and Pyramix is the only feasible choice for this. In addition, Merging are the only company offering a choice of high end recording formats so we can respond to requests for DSD or DXD delivery as well as 192 or 96 kHz PCM. The big bonus with Horus is that, as in most symphony halls, we have to suspend microphones from the roof. We can have a Horus in the roof that handles 16 mics and a second Horus on the stage with an additional 24 mics and 8 return lines. The RAVENNA connection means that these are connected and controlled by a single Cat 6 cable so we can set up the levels, filters and routing from the control room and have the microphone cables as short as possible. This is really a breakthrough.”
“We are excited to have Pyramix and Horus as part of our arsenal. It provides us a top-notch system to capture a variety of recording projects with a range of size and scope,” commented Chris Ayzoukian, Vice President of Philharmonic and Production for the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Main Image. Gustavo Dudamel conducting the LA Philharmonic in Walt Disney Hall. Copyright, Vern Evans and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association.