Puidoux, Switzerland (December 23, 2013)—Mick (Masaki) Sawaguchi of high-res music label Unamas, the first Merging Technolog/Users/cyoung/Desktop/Web ON DECK/2013-12-23-merging.txties Pyramix customer in Japan, has made the first recording using Horus with MADI.
The recording, “Afterglow,” features two different mixes for the piano microphones. The first uses a pair of Sanken CO-100K mics with a Mojave Audio MA-301 FET and VOVOX cable and the second uses Audio Technica AT-4081/AT-4080 Ribbon mics. The surround mics are identical, both being omnidirectional AT 4050 URUSHI. The resolution was 192 kHz/24 bit.
This recording was made in the Onkio Haus Studio in Tokyo 1 on April 27 and 29, 2013, and features pianist Eriko Shimizu and Strings 4, and was released on Unamas. The equipment list also includes products from RME, Schoeps and Neumann. The monitors were TAD Pro, the mixing console an SSL 9000J. The recording was also mixed and mastered by Sawaguchi.
Sawaguchi’s peers at The Professional Music Recording Award of Japan honored him with the award for the best high-resolution recording of 2013 in a ceremony that took place on December 6. The winning album, entitled Reime, was performed by Jun Fukamachi and unfortunately, was his first and last high-res recording. The album was recorded in surround at 96 kHz/24 bit.
Sawaguchi is known for his support of surround recording and the many workshops (Surround –Terakoya) he has presented since 2002, and has been nicknamed the “Surround Shogun.” After a long career with Japan’s national broadcaster, NHK, he retired in 2005 as the managing director of the program production department. A member and officer of the AES since 1989, he teaches surround design classes at the Tokyo University of Art and the Nagoya University of Arts and is also president of Mick Sound Lab and the Unamas music label.