Sample Library Creators Select Millenia Preamp

Jan 12, 2004 12:00 PM, Editors


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Leading sample library creators, including Vienna Symphonic Library, Garritan Orchestral Strings, Serafine and others, have selected Millennia HV-3 microphone preamplifiers (pictured) for critical applications.

Jorg Mayr, chief audio engineer for the Vienna Symphonic Library, said, "We are recording the entire Vienna Symphony Library with Millennia HV-3D preamplifiers. Our main concerns are transparency, minimal coloration, the lowest possible noise floor, and absolute reliability because we record 360 days a year. I simply could not find anything better than the HV-3D.”

According to Gary Garritan of Garritan Orchestral Strings, "Millennia Media is the preamp of choice. I own a number of high-end mic preamps and always reach for the HV-3 when recording orchestral samples. The sound is transparent, pristine and accurate. If I had only one preamp to choose, it would be Millennia."

For percussion, Millennia HV-3 is used as the front end for many sample libraries, including Paiste’s cymbal collection. Having toured and recorded with Frank Zappa for more than 10 years, percussionist Ed Mann is both the artist and engineer for the Paiste Cymbal Sample Library. According to Mann, “Prior to the Millennia HV3 mic pre's, I used my collection of other top-quality preamps. Still, there was greater resolution and clarity that I wanted to capture in my recordings of acoustic instruments. I wanted to get beyond 'coloration' and go straight to 'stunning realism.' When Millennia sent me the HV3, I was astounded. After the first pass, I know that I had found The Holy Grail. The Millennia Media HV-3 remains my first choice for acoustic recording.” Mann also used the Millennia HV-3 preamps for the EMU Orchestral Percussion ROM, Planet Earth ROM, Mo-Phatt, XL-7 and PX-7.

Millennia HV-3 preamps are also used extensively on major Foley and sound effects stages. Frank Serafine has released his personal film sound collection on a set of 16 CDs, called the Serafine SFX Collection. Said Serafine, “Everything we’ve ever sampled in the studio goes through our Millennia mic preamps. This includes music recording, Foley, ADR and sound effects. Three words I would use to describe the HV-3 are quiet, pristine and dynamic.”

Grammy-winning engineer Dave Russell's Big Fish sample library, Roots of the Pacific, captures high-dynamic range Polynesian drumming via Millennia HV-3 preamplifiers. According to Russell, “The depth, air, placement and timbre precision, compared with other preamplifiers, especially when miking in stereo, is as close to sonic neutrality as it gets. Road-worthy and built to last, I'm looking forward to another decade of HV-3.”

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