Come for the Concert, Stay for the CD

May 1, 2006 12:00 PM


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Audio production company Floating Earth has hopped onto the “record the show, sell the CD that night” bandwagon. The company used its new Sound-to-Go service to record a Mozart concert given by Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the English Baroque Soloists at London's Cadogan Hall. Floating Earth's mobile truck includes an SSL C200 console, 5.1 capability and fiber-optic connections to the stage, as well as Pyramix recording and mastering systems, and banks of CD burners.

According to Steve Long, the company's managing director, “For this event — the first we have undertaken at a classical concert — the recording was treated like any other live recording, with our engineers creating a live mix to stereo using the C200. The desk performed flawlessly, which meant that the only thing we had to worry about was getting enough discs burned for the huge demand from the audience.” More than 400 CDs were sold and distributed; pre-orders numbered several hundred more. The CDs, issued on Sir John Eliot Gardiner's SDG Records label, are also being sold via SDG's Website (

“In terms of a live recording that reflected what actually happened, this was as real as it could get,” Long adds. “Many so-called live CDs contain numerous studio inserts to ‘correct’ the live performance. The difference with this project was that it reflected the event, warts and all, and there was no editing made for any musical points.”

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