So. I got the Gullfoss plugin. Lemme start with the problem that's been stressing me out in much my live audio life: the harshness at 2.6kHz.
|This is a prototype of my new Zoom F8 portable rack. The idea is to hold and protect the F-Control faders and to hold batteries and the like.|
- Nobilified. Hand-painted versions of you as royalty.
|The Zoom F8 can also speak directly to a computer as an audio interface. But that does mean the F-Control won't work with it.|
We did three pieces -- the world premiere of Efrem Podgaits' Morning Birds, Nikolai Kachanov's Benevolence, A Choral Cycle, and Morton Feldman's Rothko Chapel.
Morning Birds has flute and cello. Benevolence was just choir. Rothko Chapel has viola, celesta, and pretty substantial percussion (with a couple tympani, concert bass drum, tenor drum, woodblock, gong, temple block, and vibraphone.)
|Russian Chamber Chorus setup at St. John the Divine's.|
|The inside of St. John's, with my notes. I think the cross or "crossing" is wider than pictured here.|
Plus, you still get that very long reverb -- but it's really attenuated. So you get all the tightness and focus of the choir, but then almost like a ducked reverb, you get this beautiful bloom after every musical cutoff.
- Play it Loud at the Met.
I mean seriously, it's like somebody is raising the reverb prefade send at the end of each piece or section. It's beautiful. Honestly I don't understand how the long reverb back in the cross doesn't mess up the sound, it's like it suddenly appears for the last note. It's basically magic.
- DIY mixer -- from modules.
So I put up 7 mics. A stereo X/Y pair of Schoeps in the back, a middle-center AEA 84 (with a Cloudlifter), a center Blue active ribbon in the front center, a pair of Oktavas spaced left and right about at the edge of the chorus (which is hard to see in these pictures because the full chorus isn't shown and a number of rows of chairs got removed) and a single Rode NT1 in front of the percussion (which was amusing but not that useful.)
The thing is, the X/Y pair is really the whole of the sound. They sound both very close and detailed, and full of lush reverb.