Festival Captured in Ambeo 3D

Live recording experts Jim Anderson and Ulrike Schwarz of Anderson Audio New York captured this year’s Chelsea Music Festival for delivery via Sennheiser’s immersive Ambeo 3D audio format.
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New York, NY (August 1, 2017)—Live recording experts Jim Anderson and Ulrike Schwarz of Anderson Audio New York captured this year’s Chelsea Music Festival for delivery via Sennheiser’s immersive Ambeo 3D audio format.

Working with festival sponsor Sennheiser, Anderson and Schwarz’s used 10 fixed microphones suspended from wires stretched across St. Paul’s German Lutheran Church. These included four MKH 800 TWIN microphones suspended above the main seating area above balcony level in a square. A pair of MKH 800 mics and a pair of MKHC 8020 omnidirectional capsules connected to MZE 8120 extension tubes constituted a second, lower square, suspended just below balcony level.

“Together they create the Ambeo Cube,” Anderson said. A pair of MKH 8020 microphones were mounted on an A/B bar above the audience at front, facing the stage.

The MKH 800 TWIN’s back-to-back capsules have separate outputs, enabling users to set and modify the mic’s polar pattern in the recording process or during post production. Also, equalization can be applied separately to the front and rear of the pickup area to correct room imbalances. “Having that kind of flexibility in the mix stage is very exciting,” Schwarz says.

Anderson Audio New York’s recording setup could only handle 24 channels this year, so building the Ambeo cube with eight MKH 800 TWIN mics was not feasible. Instead they used the original MKH 800.

For the lower rear pair, line of sight concerns were paramount due to video cameras positioned on the rear balcony, which led Anderson and Schwarz to turn to a pair of Sennheiser’s MKHC 8020 microphone heads suspended from MZE 8120 extension tubes.

A pair of MKH 8020 microphones constituted the main A/B pair. Individual spot microphones included a cardioid Sennheiser MKH 8040.

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