Hollywood, CA (March 2, 2009)--Neumann TLM 193 and TLM 170 as well as Sennheiser MKH 8040 mics captured the onstage orchestra at the 81st Academy Awards, held at the Kodak Theatre on February 22nd.
Orchestra mixer Dan Wallin, working in Remote Recording's "Silver Studio" truck, was in charge of all of the live and pre-recorded music. This year, the orchestra, conducted by music director Michael Giacchino, was moved from the pit to onstage in order to recreate a 1940s nightclub ambience. Once again, Ed Greene mixed all of the stage vocal and dialogue mics.
On the red carpet outside the Kodak Theatre, Burbank-based wireless specialists Soundtronics fielded four Sennheiser SKM 5200 RF handheld microphones and four SK 5012 miniature transmitter belt packs with lavalier mics for ABC pre-show hosts Robin Roberts, Tim Gunn and Jess Cagle as they greeted and interviewed arriving nominees and attendees.
Wallin, a veteran, scoring mixer who has worked on over 500 films so far in his 60-year career, used a very similar collection of microphones at Capitol Recording Studios during the days leading up to the telecast for the show's prerecorded orchestral music. Sennheiser MKH 8040 cardioid mics were positioned over the woodwind/saxophone sections, the harp and the timpani. For the recording, he also used Neumann TLM 193s on the trumpets, trombones and French horns, with TLM 170s on the piano, guitar, drum overheads and the string entire section. Wallin elected to use his personal collection of TLM 170 Jubilee mics at Capitol. "The pattern is right on it, and the Jubilees have such a sweet sound," he explained.
Wallin enjoyed working for the first time with the MKH 8040s on the Oscar telecast: "The MKH 8040 is a really a good mic--really smooth, really flat, and really solid, almost like an MKH 40 on steroids. I can see me using them a lot, even on drum kits, because there's so much headroom," he concluded.