Atlanta, GA (March 9, 2010)–Engineer Michael Bishop relied on ATC monitors throughout the recording, mixing and mastering phases of the Grammy-winning SACD release, Transmigration.
The album, produced by Elaine Martone on Telarc Records, won for Best Surround Sound Album at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards, earning Bishop his ninth Grammy and Martone her fifth.
Transmigration features Robert Spano conducting the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Choruses at the Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta, GA. It is a collection of hymns and requiems featuring the compositions of Samuel Barber, John Corigliano, Jennifer Higdon, and John Adams. Adams’ “On the Transmigration of Souls” forms the album’s cornerstone and is a reflection of personal grief for the victims of the World Trade Center tragedy on September 11, 2001.
“All of the pieces on this album are emotionally charged,” said Bishop, “but ‘On the Transmigration of Souls’ is especially so. There is a lot going on with the orchestra, an adult choir, a children’s choir, and additional recordings. All of the parts are important, but it is difficult to get them all to coexist in stereo. I saw this as a great opportunity to use surround sound to provide every component with the space it needed to contribute its full emotional impact.”
Bishop, who has recorded nearly 100 projects at the Woodruff Arts Center, relied on his trusted Neumann KU 100 binaural head for the basis of the stereo pickup, with a Sanken CO-100K, Sennheiser MKH-8020 condensers and an AEA R-84 ribbon mic completing the stereo pickup. “The tricky part of all of this was that I was executing the mix in real-time, committing only the six mixed channels to our Sonoma DSD workstation,” said Bishop. “Having five ATC SCM 150 monitors on hand was critical. The ATC SCM 150s close the loop on what I’m expecting, what I’m hearing, and what I can anticipate later in post and mastering.”
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