Location Sound Recording
For most recordings, OxRecs prefers to use only two microphones carefully positioned to give both equal preference to whole soundstage, whilst capturing the natural ambience of the building acoustic. Several microphone configurations can be used, of which two are favoured. The first is somewhat unique in that each unit has a different pickup characteristic using either a Sennheiser MKH 30 (figure-of-eight) for left/right signals, plus a Sennheiser MKH 40 (cardioid) for forward pickup. The signal from both these microphones is processed and matrixed such that the two channels may be adjusted to allow the image to be altered from mono to a very wide stereo perspective. Alternatively, two spaced DPA 4006 (previously B&K) omnis are used. Choral and instrumental recordings are made using a combination of the above and supplemented by further DPA 4011 or AKG microphones as necessary.
For location work we record at 24-bit resolution on an Edirol R-44 4-track recorder. Backups may be made on DAT or minidisk recorders as required. Headphone monitoring is performed using Sennheiser or Beyer headphones. PMC TB1 monitors are used on location and PMC AB2 reference monitors at home for critical editing and listening.
Digital editing, P/Q encoding and CD mastering
Digital editing is carried out using Steinberg Nuendo (multitrack) or FastEdit (two-track) supplemented by SoundForge as necessary. For mastering we use SONY CDArchitect.
Typesetting & Design for CD booklets, inlays, promotional material, and catalogues
Design and typesetting from rough draft to PDFs is all performed in-house a selection of DTP packages including InDesign, QuarkExpress, or CorelVentura plus a selection of specialist graphics applications. All our titles are now barcoded.
Sound Restoration, audio processing & vinyl to CD
A Ferrograph Logic 7 (half-track) allows the transfer of tape recordings (3.75, 7.5, 15 ips). A variety of sound restoration tools are used to aid tidying of old recordings (de-hiss, de-crackle).
One-off promotional CDs
If you just want to have a concert recorded for a special memory, or maybe need a promotional CD for your music group?
We use Personal Composer (16 staves) for typesetting scores and manuscripts.