Wakefield, Yorks., UK (February 12, 2010)–SoundField has supplied further copies of its SPS200 Surround Zone plug-in to Plymouth audio and music technology college Deep Blue Sound (DBS), which underwent an extensive refit last summer.
Last year, DBS installed new Pro Tools workstations and upgraded studio equipment to make the facility ready for the introduction of its new BA Honors degree in Sound and Music Production, which is delivered in association with the University of Plymouth. As part of the upgrade and overhaul, a new advanced microphone technique module was added to the syllabus covering techniques for location and orchestral recording in surround sound for the first time, and so during the summer break, DBS staff began looking for microphones capable of capturing and delivering surround sound.
DBS studio and technical manager Matt Bernard explains: “We began by borrowing an older SoundField ST250 to try it out, some time before we carried out our Pro Tools upgrades here. We were very pleased with what it seemed capable of, so we progressed to buying the new SPS200 Software Controlled microphone from music technology dealers KMR. It was the right price point for us, and it proved very popular with the students in the autumn for location and orchestral recording. We bought another surround mic at the same time as the SPS200, but they seem to like the flexibility of the SoundField; that’s the one that they all want to use.”
As with SoundField’s other multi-capsule microphones, the information from the SPS200’s capsule array can be decoded to a variety of audio formats, including mono, stereo, 5.1 surround and other surround formats, allowing the capture of surround sound performances with a single microphone if required. The necessary decoding is carried out using the SPS200 Surround Zone software, which may be run as a plug-in under Pro Tools and is supplied with the SPS200 free of charge.
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