Austin, TX (January 30, 2009)--While taping The Swell Season for tomorrow night's episode of Austin City Limits, the show's veteran crew faced a unique recording challenge that was solved by Holophone's H2-PRO surround microphone.
"At the end of our sound check, [lead singer] Glen Hansard dropped a huge surprise on us. He walked to the edge of the stage, away from the local microphone range, and said 'Oh, by the way, I have this one song that I do without the PA, without the microphones and I just play to the crowd,'" says David Hough, audio director for Austin City Limits. "Everyone looked at me and said 'Well, do you have a microphone that we can use to pick up Glen's performance?' I contacted Omega Broadcast Group and was able to secure a Holophone H2-PRO and installed it quite quickly. It was perfect for this situation."
The H2-PRO was hung from the lighting grid and was situated at front row center, positioned at the proper vantage point to receive exactly what the audience was hearing. The eight elements of the mic's patented design are set up to capture audio similarly to the human head, enabling the H2-PRO to realistically capture Hansard's performance.
"What's interesting about the recordings from the Holophone is that they were very much as if I were sitting there in the middle of the room," Hough continues. "I heard everything and the imaging was remarkable. That's the trick, to just have the image fall right into place, right out of the box."
The Swell Season Austin City Limits broadcast will air on PBS January 31. Swell Season members Hansard and Markéta Irglová won the "Best Original Song" Oscar last year for “Falling Slowly” from the film Once, which they also starred in.