Puidoux, Switzerland (August 8, 2012)—Chandos kept it an all-Swiss affair for a recording of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande by sourcing equipment from local manufacturer Merging Technologies.
The project, a recording of music by the 19th Century Swiss composer Joachim Raff, along with some works from the French composer, Emmanuel Chabrier, used the new Horus Networked Audio Converter from Merging. Two Horus units were connected via Ravenna to the Pyramix, which was being used as the mixer and the recorder. No suitable digital console with 24-bit 96 kHz capability could be sourced locally so the decision was taken to use Pyramix MassCore and control the internal mix engine parameters by using the Smart AV Tango controller.
The recordings were made in the Victoria Hall in Geneva; some additional reverberation was required for the recording and this was created with a Lexicon digital reverberation unit inserted via the AES/EBU I/O on the Horus. Engineer and Chandos managing director, Ralph Couzens and producer, Brian Pidgeon used 24 microphones for the project.
According to Couzens, "We have used Pyramix on several occasions with great success and I had not originally realized that we were the first to use Horus in this way. The recordings sound absolutely brilliant and we much appreciated the assistance offered by Claude Cellier and Ricardo Ryan from Merging. We finished ahead of schedule and Horus performed faultlessly."