Wakefield, Yorks., UK (May 27, 2011)–UK label Chorum Records recently used the SoundField DSF-1 digital mic system to record a choral concert at Hereford Cathedral.
UK-based live recording specialists and CD label Chorum Records, run by recording engineer and producer Steve Swinden, used the SoundField DSF-1 digital microphone system to record a recent choral concert at Hereford Cathedral in the West of England for release on CD.
Featuring pupils of the Hereford Cathedral School in the chorus and orchestra on Ralph Vaughan-Williams’ The Lark Ascending, the concert is the latest to be captured by the DSF-1 for CD release by Chorum. Recording engineer, producer and former choral singer Steve Swinden runs the label and has been using the DSF-1 for over a year; he has been using SoundField mic systems for over a decade.
The DSF-1 captures the acoustic environment around its multi-capsule, variable pickup pattern mic in three dimensions, outputting it in SoundField’s proprietary B-Format. The four-channel B-Format signals can be decoded in post-production into mono, stereo, 5.1 and other surround formats.
The DSF-1 is now Chorum’s main overhead mic, and although he often adds spot mics for close-up detail on particular instrumentalists, Swinden frequently only uses the output of his SoundField when he comes to mix recordings for release. “Very often, the signal from the SoundField turns out to be all that I need. And the fact that you only need to rig one microphone to capture the entire environment has saved me on more than one occasion, when multi-mic arrays just aren’t an option. I should also mention that the DSF-1 has a brilliant limiter. I’m a purist, but I leave the limiter switched in all the time–it’s that good!