London, UK (November 15, 2010)–Composer Julian Scott recorded themes for the “factory” section of the new Ferrari World park in Abu Dhabi at Abbey Road Studios using Metric Halo ULN-8 and 2882+DSP converters.
Recently opened, Ferrari World, the world’s largest theme park and the first and only Ferrari theme park in the world, is located in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. It features a multiplex of driving-related attractions, thrill rides, and, of course, a racetrack. The structure is massive, covering 50 acres with a unique red dome roof adorned by a Ferrari logo.
Together with freelance engineer and Abbey Road regular James Collins, Scott prepared for a full symphony orchestra and choir using a traditional Decca Tree, outrigger mics, and a raft of spot mics to allow for flexibility at mix down. Going further, they recorded the session in multiple parts, starting with the strings, and then following with the woodwinds, brass, percussion, soloists, and choir in succession. While more time-consuming, their method delivered complete isolation, allowing Scott to subsequently “re-orchestrate” the pieces to best fit the ride dynamics (which were, of course, subject to change).
Scott brought his trusted personal back-end equipment to the session: a Mac Pro loaded with Logic, two Metric Halo ULN-8s, and one Metric Halo 2882. Although the final recording would have a track count of 80, it would come in five parts of only 16 tracks each, allowing him to use the inputs of the two ULN-8s to record, and the outputs of all three Metric Halo pieces to deliver stems to the Abbey Road Neve console for monitoring.
“My first concern, of course, is sound quality, and Metric Halo converters excel in this regard,” said Scott. “But apart from sound quality, reliability was paramount. I’ve been using Metric Halo converters for years, and they always work. With over 100 musicians on call and an extremely tight schedule, tracking down problems was not on the agenda.”