Pleasant Valley, CA (January 15, 2004)–Leading sample library creators have reported using Millennia HV-3 microphone preamplifiers for critical applications. Jorg Mayr, chief audio engineer for the Vienna Symphonic Library, assured, “We are recording the entire Vienna Symphony Library with Millennia HV-3D preamplifiers. Our main concerns are transparency, minimal coloration, the lowest possible noise floor, and absolute reliability because we record 360 days a year. I simply could not find anything better than the HV-3D.”
Neck and neck with the Vienna Library is Gary Garritan’s Orchestral Strings collection–a exhaustive suite of over 30 CDs packed with every known articulation and bowing technique by musicians from the New York Philharmonic playing selected 17th century Stradivarius, Guarneri, and Montangana instruments. Garritan commented, “Millennia Media is the preamp of choice. I own a number of high-end mike preamps and always reach for the HV-3 when recording orchestral samples. The sound is transparent, pristine and accurate. If I had only one preamp to choose, it would be Millennia.”
For percussion, Millennia HV-3 is the front-end of choice for many sample libraries, including Paiste’s extensive Cymbal collection. Having toured and recorded with Frank Zappa for over ten years, percussionist Ed Mann is both artist and engineer for the Paiste Cymbal Sample Library. Said Mann, “Prior to the Millennia HV3 mic pres, I used my collection of other top quality preamps. Still, there was greater resolution and clarity that I wanted to capture in my recordings of acoustic instruments. I wanted to get beyond ‘coloration’ and go straight to ‘stunning realism.’ When Millennia sent me the HV3, I was astounded. The HV3 remains my first choice for acoustic recording.” Mann has also served dual roles of artist and engineer using Millennia HV-3 preamps for the EMU Orchestral Percussion ROM, Planet Earth ROM, Mo-Phatt, XL-7, and PX-7.
Millennia HV-3 preamps are used extensively on major Foley and sound effects stages. Hollywood-based sound effect artist Frank Serafine, whose work can be heard on dozens of top films, has released his personal film sound collection on a set of 16 CDs, called the Serafine SFX Collection. “Everything we’ve ever sampled in the studio goes through our Millennia mic preamps,” noted Serafine. “This includes music recording, Foley, ADR, and sound effects. Three words I would use to describe the HV-3 are quiet, pristine, and dynamic.”
Grammy-winning engineer Dave Russell has worked with a wide range of contemporary artists, including Steely Dan and George Benson. As a resident of Maui, one of Dave’s passions is Polynesian percussion. His Big Fish sample library Roots of the Pacific captures high dynamic range Polynesian drumming, all via Millennia HV-3 preamplifiers. “The depth, air, placement and timbre precision, compared with other preamplifiers, especially when miking in stereo, is as close to sonic neutrality as it gets,” Russell said of the HV-3. “Road worthy and built to last, I’m looking forward to another decade of HV-3.”
Millennia Media, Inc.