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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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

California Wind Orchestra

Wind Orchestra – R-121

Recording Engineer: John La Grou (Millennia Media)
Recorded at the Crest Theater, Sacramento, CA.

Wind Orchestra: Live recording using two R-121’s spaced 22 inches apart.

Recording chain: R-121’s to Millennia HV-3B preamp, to Apogee AD-1000 A/D converter. Recorded to Masterlink.

“Sight for Wind Orchestra” (Sampo Haapamaki)

Alan Meyerson

Woodwinds – R-122V

Recorded and mixed by Alan Meyerson
Recorded at Air Studios, Lyndhurst Hall, London, England.

Woodwind Section: Two R-122V’s on woodwind overheads.

Recording chain: R-122V’s to Neve 1081 preamps to Apogee 8016 converters to Pro Tools HD. No eq or compression.

From Alan Meyerson’s “Scoregasm” Music Library recordings.