Miami, FL (April 9, 2007)–The New World Symphony, a preeminent orchestra comprised of talented and ambitious young musicians from all over the world, frequently collaborates with famous conductors and musicians. On February 27, Gene Gerhiser recorded The New World Symphony, at the Carnival Center’s Knight Hall in Miami with guest soloist Yo-Yo Ma under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas using a TRUE Systems Precision 8 mic pre.On such occasions, they make peerless archival recordings and select from the best of them for an annual CD release. Such was the case on February 27, when cellist Yo-Yo Ma joined the Symphony at Carnival Center’s Knight Concert Hall in Miami to perform works by the Russian composer Shostakovich under the leadership of conductor Michael Tilson Thomas.
Audio Engineering Recording Fellow Gene Gerhiser was on hand the night of the Yo-Yo Ma concert to capture the performance on Pro Tools. As part of his responsibilities, Gerhiser is testing new gear with an eye toward outfitting the program’s new $200 million building with top-flight recording equipment. On that night, he was testing the eight-channel True Systems Precision 8 mic preamp.
“I had used a Precision 8 on one other occasion and knew that it was solid and famously reliable, which was important given who I would be recording,” Gerhiser reported. “In addition to that, the Precision 8 has dual outputs, which allowed me to easily record a primary to Pro Tools and a backup to digital tape.”
Gerhiser recorded the concert with two Schoeps MK4 capsules on CMC6 bodies configured in an ORTF configuration about eight feet in front and ten feet above the orchestra. He supplemented those with two Schoeps omnis about fifteen feet from the middle on either side and a pair of Neumann 140s as an XY pair on the woodwinds. All six microphones went through the Precision 8, which has a flat frequency response that extends from an amazing 1.5Hz to an incredible 500kHz.
Gerhiser commented, “The sound quality of the True Systems Precision 8 was excellent, especially in conjunction with the Schoeps microphones. They were clean, crisp, and pristine in the 2kHz to 10kHz range and captured the ambience and vibe of the Carnival Center beautifully.” He took along another preamp that most engineers would recognize as the benchmark for high-end preamplification for comparison. He preferred the True Systems and said that the New World Symphony would have at least one rack of Precision 8s in their new facility–quite possibly more.