Boston, MA and Chicago, IL (November 2, 2007)–The Boston Symphony Orchestra has taken delivery of a Merging Pyramix digital audio workstation as part of an upgrade of the orchestra’s recording equipment. The Pyramix system was specified and assembled by Dennis Gaines at Merging’s Maine-based U.S. distributor Independent Audio, and is based around a Merging-approved PC and two Mykerinos X30 DSP cards, with MADI and AES I/O daughterboard options.
Jim Donahue, recording engineer at Boston radio station WGBH 89.7 and engineer for the BSO’s broadcasts on that station for 16 years, explained, “I initially became familiar with Pyramix using the Native software-only version. It was Tim Martyn of Phoenix Audio, a long-time Pyramix user, who suggested the BSO evaluate a complete system. Dennis at Independent Audio put together a full DSP card-based system for us to use over the summer, and it worked flawlessly.
“Pyramix is a wonderful way to archive the Symphony’s performances,” Donahue adds. “The Boston Symphony’s current musical director, James Levine, is a proponent of releasing live concert performances to the public, so we record a lot of concerts. Pyramix gives us the ability to mix and master with ease. I found the system very easy to use, and reliable, and especially appreciated the recording and editing interface. It also came with a powerful collection of plug-ins, and can handle all of the high sample rates, even DSD, without any trouble. We ordered the MADI option as it allows us to connect our microphone preamps to an RME MADI interface and bring all of the channels to Pyramix, the live broadcast console, and our venue’s amplification system using a single cable.”
Another renowned symphony orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, has taken delivery of a Pyramix DAW. This system will also be used to record concerts and allow the CSO to edit and master them in-house for CD, DVD and SACD release.
The CSO has undertaken its own media production for some time, releasing recordings on its Resound label. According to recording engineer Christopher Willis, Pyramix’s ability to record in DSD format for SACD release influenced CSO’s decision to acquire it. “We wanted to ensure that our recordings were done to the highest technical standard, worthy of one of the world’s great orchestras,” he says. “Recording in surround DSD exceeds the requirements of CD production and provides for the future.”
Independent Audio’s Gaines assembled the CSO’s system, which is built around two Mykerinos X30 DSP cards in a Merging-approved PC. The completed system was delivered to Willis in September.