Dallas, TX (October 23, 2014)—The Dallas Symphony Orchestra (DSO) replaced the entire recording chain at the Meyerson Symphony Center this summer, installing Merging Technologies’ Horus and Hapi Networked Audio interfaces, two Merging silent PC chassis and Pyramix 9 MassCore. President and CEO Jonathan Martin along with resident recording engineers George Gilliam and Roy Cherryhomes chose Merging Technologies as a partner to move their recording activities to the next level.
According to Gilliam, “The microphones include Schoeps CCM and Pearl microphones hanging from the attic and canopy above the stage. We have one Horus in the attic for those mics, plus three Hapi converters. They provide 56 channels of microphone preamps and converters capable of DSD/DXD performance. Two are installed at the stage for spot microphones, or special setups using mics on stands. The third Hapi is in the audio control room in the basement of the building. A fibre Gigabit Ethernet network was also added to connect all these points for the RAVENNA network.
“I couldn’t be happier with the operational and sonic performance of the Horus/Hapi converters and microphone preamps. The equipment in the control room is straight-forward. We installed two Merging silent computers for primary and backup recorders and each one is running Pyramix MassCore software with Flux VST plug-ins for dynamics and EQ processing. A custom Argosy desk houses the PCs, two 24-inch LED monitors and four Avid/Euphonix Artist Series controllers which operate the Pyramix mixers. The main monitoring system includes a custom 5.1 surround monitor controller built by Rens Heijnis in the Netherlands, and five Avalon Mixing Monitors plus subwoofer. Powered monitors by Focal and Klein + Hummel are also available for reference.”
Supply and installation of the equipment was undertaken by Audio DAWg from nearby Irving, TX.