Count Basie Orchestra Sessions Receive Genex Recorder

Mar 12, 2003 12:00 PM, Editors


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Genex Audio (Santa Monica, Calif.) recently supplied a GX9048 system to CEO/master recordist Mike Pappas of American Digital Recording for a series of concert recordings with the Count Basie Orchestra. The multichannel sessions, held at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in mid-February, will be used to prepare a special Super Audio CD celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Neumann company and the 100th anniversary of Count Basie's birth.

Using various surround sound arrays of Neumann and Sennheiser microphones, Pappas made simultaneous multitrack Direct Stream Digital recordings of the 18-piece orchestra to the Genex GX9048. "I have been using Genex recorders for a number of years," said Pappas. "We secured GX9048 Serial #0001--the first production model--and it performed flawlessly on the session. The system proved rock-solid and totally reliable.

"Because we were making a series of recordings to show off five different 5.1-channel microphone arrays for comparison on the Neumann Anniversary SACD--in addition to a pair of stereo mixes--it was important that we secure the best possible quality DSD tracks," Pappas continued. "The Genex GX9048 is the only recorder that could handle our multichannel requirements." Neumann microphones used on the CBO session interfaced with Grace Design preamplifiers through Cardis Audio mic cables. Monitoring was via Avalon Acoustic loudspeakers.

Commenting on DSD, Pappas said, "Of all the formats I've used during my 30 years in the industry, Direct Stream Digital still knocks me out; it flawlessly captures every nuance--specifically the detailed harmonic context--of a performance. I do not worry about what I put into the system; it will come out exactly the same. It's been a personal revelation."

For more information from Mike Pappas, American Digital Recording, call 303/988-0976 or e-mail Genex can be reached online at

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