Pictured are (l-r) Soundmirror president John Newton and engineers Dirk Sobotka and Jessie Lewis.Boston, MA (July 23, 2008)–“The new Model 7 has a sound that’s much closer to a real room response than anything else I have heard,” offers location engineer and classical music producer John Newton, president of Soundmirror.
“I used Model 7’s reverb processors on a recent series of recordings at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. I needed to liven up these choral recordings, mainly because the hall is very dry sounding–operatic recordings need a sense of ambience to connect with the audience. The Model 7, with its range of ambiances and reverb programs, performed flawlessly. I was so impressed with the M7 that I’ve purchased three of them. It’s the go-to reverb.”
Founded in 1972, Soundmirror is a fully digital recording and post-production operation that specializes in acoustic music and sound-for-picture. Its staff has undertaken extensive field recording around the world and produced, edited, and mastered projects for over 40 classical music labels. The firm’s orchestral, solo and chamber recordings have received numerous Grammy nominations, including two albums that collectively received two Awards at the 50th Anniversary Grammy ceremonies earlier this year.
“We have also used the Bricasti Model 7 on a series of recordings with the Boston Symphony Orchestra,” says Newton, “which we work with for 12 weeks of the year, in addition to the Nashville Symphony. In fact, I have replaced all of our external reverb systems with the three Model 7 Stereo Reverb Processors that we now own. The Model 7 is the first electronic reverb that sounds like a room and not a box full of integrated circuits–it doesn’t sound like ordinary rooms; it simply sounds like great acoustical spaces.
“The Model 7’s user interface is a true next-generation step up from [older-generation] systems,” Newton continues. “It has a simple layout and is easy to use. And all parameter increments actually do something; a change in one value in any parameter is actually audible–you turn a knob and you can hear a difference. We love the Bricasti Model 7 reverb!”
Currently, Soundmirror is archiving concerts from the Boston, Buffalo, Kansas City and Nashville orchestras for future commercial use, internet streaming and broadcast. “We produce a 13-week series for the Nashville Symphony and a 52-week broadcast for the Kansas City Symphony,” Newton adds. “We use one of our Model 7s in the Boston studios; the second one is mounted in a transportable rig that we take to location recordings; and the third is mounted in a flight case that we can take wherever we need it. And having a trio of systems means that we can handle 5.1-channel surround sound sessions.”
“Each design element of the Model 7 is a carefully considered statement of our vision of what the evolution of reverberation processing in its most classic form can be,” says company president Brian Zolner. “With a deep appreciation of the best designs which precede it, and a passion for moving the science of reverberation forward, the Model 7 provides a palette of sounds that encompass the familiar as well as new expressions in the art. Listen to the new reference in reverb processing; it will bring new life to a project in a way unimagined by any process before it.”