San Francisco’s Grace Cathedral uses Sennheiser MKH 8000 Series microphones for recording and webcast purposes.San Francisco (May 22, 2008)–Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, under the guidance of Art Yeap, director of San Francisco’s Novo Group, recently added Sennheiser MKH 8020 and MKH 8040 high-end condensers to its mic collection.
“The church had been using some noisy 1970’s-era Austrian mics with acoustic properties that were poorly matched for the job,” explained Yeap. “The church itself is huge–220 feet from the choir to the back wall–with a nine-second RT60 on the low-end. Those peaky old mics accentuated footfalls, rustling papers, and other such distractions so that listening became an exercise in keeping focused.”
While Yeap initially selected the MKH 20 and 40 Series for Grace Cathedral, area Sennheiser representative Marke Burgstahler demonstrated the new line of MKH 8000 high-end condensers. Yeap ordered four cardioid MKH 8020s to cover the Grace Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys, two MKH 8020s above the congregation to capture congregational singing and orchestral performances, and two more at the back of the space to capture the rear gallery organ. For the main organ, Yeap positioned two MKH 8020 omnis.
“The experience has been amazing,” reported Yeap. “The Sennheiser mics have made a profound improvement. I’m particularly taken with the off-axis response. The noise problem is gone completely. Overall, the MKH 8000 Series mics sound accurate and sweet.” So sweet, in fact, that Yeap didn’t require any processing. Each mic feeds into an APB-DynaSonics analog console with the EQ section left completely flat.