Robert Friedrich on Recording The San Diego Symphony

Pianos (dual) – R-122V, R-122
Woodwinds – SF-2
Strings – SF-2
Hall Ambience – SF-24

Recording Engineer: Robert Friedrich
Producer: Erica Brenner

In this video, Grammy-winning engineer Robert Friedrich talks about using ribbon microphones extensively while recording the San Diego Symphony playing “The Carnival Of The Animals.” Of particular interest is his microphone technique on the dual pianos, which were positioned side-by-side and recorded with a pair of R-122V’s and a pair of R-122’s.

Pianists: Jon Kimura Parker and Orli Shaham

Videographer and Photographer: R Chaney

“Carnival of the Animals” (Camille Saint-Saens)

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Hans Zimmer

Clarinet – SF-12
Cello – SF-12

Recorded and mixed by Alan Meyerson. Producer: Hans Zimmer.
Recorded at The Newman Scoring Stage, 20th century Fox.

SF-12 stereo ribbon microphone on cello and clarinet. The high, eerie, sweet melody is an overdubbed cello section playing harmonics, recorded with a single SF-12. The clarinet melody was also recorded on one SF-12. From the 20th Century Fox movie “The Thin Red Line.”

“Light”, from “The Thin Red Line” (Hans Zimmer)

Ukrainian Radio and Television Orchestra

Full Orchestra – SF-12 Stereo Ribbon

Engineer/Producer: Russell Dawkins
Recorded at the studios of the Ukrainian Radio/Television Orchestra, Kiev.

Recording chain: One SF-12 stereo ribbon microphone with 35-feet of Monster cable connected to a Studio Technologies mic pre, then 6-feet of Monster cable to an Apogee A/D converter, to coaxial cable to the digital ‘in’ on a portable DAT machine. No compression or reverb used.

This exceptional recording of a full orchestra was made on one SF-12 stereo ribbon microphone, positioned over the conductor’s head, at a distance that achieved a nice balance of the orchestra and hall ambience. We use this recording regularly in seminars, as it’s a wonderful example of the amazingly natural reproduction a high-quality ribbon microphone is capable of delivering. The off-axis response is perfect, transients are natural with no overshoot or ringing, and the flat frequency response captures the full range of the orchestra with no peaks or dips anywhere throughout the frequency range.

Sergei Prokofiev – “Romeo and Juliet, Suite No. 2”

 

 
Sergei Prokofiev – “Romeo and Juliet, Suite No. 2” excerpt 2

Jewel

Pedal Steel Guitar – R-121
Orchestra – R-121

Recorded and mixed by Michael O’Reilly. Producer – Arif Mardin.
Recorded at Right Track Recording – New York, NY.
From the Atlantic RecordingCorporation release “Jewel – Joy: A Holiday Collection”.

1) “Winter Wonderland” (©1934 Dick Smith & Felix Bernard)
R-121’s on pedal steel guitar and orchestra.

 
 

2) “Hands” – Christmas version (Jewel Kilcher, Patrick Leonard, ©1998)
Orchestra in a horseshoe shape with the woodwinds behind, recorded with a pair of R-121’s in Bloomlein configuration. “A “tiny bit” of one U-67 was blended in on the orchestra.