Boston, MA (December 12, 2003)–Genex Audio recently supplied a GX9048 48-track multiformat digital system to Soundmirror, a fully digital recording and post-production company that specializes in acoustic music and sound-for-picture. Soundmirror owner John Newton is a seasoned producer, and has been busy during the last several months using the GX9048 to record a series of Klezmer Music “Jewish music from the Warsaw Ghetto” and two orchestral works by John Corigliano, Second Symphony and The Red Violin.
All recordings were made in Direct Stream Digital (DSD) format and edited on Soundmirror’s Merging Technologies Pyramix digital audio workstation entirely within the DSD domain. The resultant material is destined for stereo and multichannel SACD release.
“I have been using Genex recorders since the GX8000 and GX8500 [MO-based systems],” Newton reveals. Soundmirror specified a full analog I/O configuration for its new Genex GX9048 Multiformat recorder, and an optional multichannel MADI digital interface. “Although for opera and jazz I normally record 24 or 32 tracks, the 48-channel format will give me room to grow.”
Newton recorded the first native SACD release for Chandos Records, and acknowledges being “first call” for the label’s Northern America sessions. Other recent sessions for Chandos include The Lucas Fox Opera and two SACD Surround projects in the UK. Future sessions with the Genex GX9048 include The Boston Pops for a Christmas TV Show, which will be recorded using a Sony DMR-X100 Digital Mixer at 24-bit/96 kHz.
“Normally I use a Studer Model 961 or 922 analog mixer and Millennia Media Model HU3D pre-amplifiers,” Newton continues. “For the Klezmer recordings I used 16 microphones routed to 16 tracks of Genex DSD, while for the Corigliano sessions I used just eight channels, including one for the solo violin.” The resultant tapes were edited in the UK on a SADiE DSD-format digital audio workstation.
Commenting on the sound of the GX9048’s built-in analog-to-digital and D-to-A converters, Newton says, “The Genex converters have a ‘Classical Sound‚’ we love them! They are out there with the very best DSD-capable converters.”