Salt Lake City, UT (November 9, 2007)–Trent Walker, senior audio engineer, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, is using Holophone’s H2-PRO to obtain an accurate surround mix of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. The Music and the Spoken Word broadcast has brought the 360-member choir into listeners’ living rooms every Sunday since 1929.
“The decision to use the Holophone H2-PRO for our broadcasts was based on our desire to have a realistic sound space,” Walker explains. “When we set up the H2-PRO for the first time, we were amazed at the spaciousness of the sound and the in-phase picture on the scope.”
The H2-PRO is hung upside down from the ceiling in the tabernacle. Its signal feeds into Millennia HV-3 preamps, then a Euphonix A/D and into the core. The broadcast is mixed on a Euphonix System 5 and monitored on Wilson Audio Watt/Puppy System 8 loudspeakers.
As a single-point source, the Holophone is able to provide Walker and his crew with all the “audio height” that the Tabernacle naturally creates without the use of a multiple mic setup. “We are using around 60 microphones to cover the broadcast and any help keeping a consistent sound stage is beneficial,” he says. “The H2-PRO helps keep the sound of the Tabernacle consistent. The space has five to six seconds of reverb empty and drops to two to three seconds when full, making it important to bring in an ambient mic to give some consistency to our audio transmission.”
In addition to weekly broadcasts, the H2-PRO is being used to record the Tabernacle Choir for an upcoming CD.