Toronto, Ontario (April 4, 2006)–Van Morrison performed at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium for the first time on March 7, as part of a brief U.S. tour in support of his new album, Pay the Devil. Producer/engineer Hank Neuberger, of Chicago’s Third Wave Productions, recorded the concert for video producers Three on the Tree and director Danny Clinch, using the H2-PRO microphone from Holophone.
“Our challenge was to get great audience feedback,” Neuberger explained. “We had no seat kills available to us and very limited options as to how to hang microphones. So we simply put the Holophone on a standard microphone tripod stand and put it right near the front of house console, which is in the balcony.
“We were interested in capturing the impact, clarity, punch and persuasiveness of the audience,” Neuberger continued, “and the H2-PRO was very impressive. Veteran audio mixers who work in the Ryman also said they were genuinely impressed with the quality of that audience capture–they had never heard the Ryman audience sound that good. In fact, they called in other local engineers specifically to hear the audience through the Holophone.”
Neuberger also described the Holophone as the most accurate and comprehensive capture of the ambiance of a crowded concert hall. “The best word I would use to describe the H2-PRO is persuasive,” he said. “I’ve struggled with spaced pairs in post production, to make them work in a convincing manner. Holophone has solved that problem for us. It is always persuasive; it always puts you right there.”