Genex Throws a DSD Surround Playback Party

Aug 1, 2003 12:00 PM, By Barry Rudolph


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On May 12, Genex hosted a special playback session in Cello Studios' (Hollywood) Studio 1, where attendees got a glimpse into the rarefied world of Direct Stream Digital 5.1 surround recording. Back in mid-February, Sennheiser commissioned Mike Pappas of American Digital Recording to record a series of live 32-channel DSD recordings of the legendary Count Basie Orchestra at the University of Michigan using the Genex GX9048 Multiformat Hard Disc System. Five different arrays of Sennheiser and Neumann microphones, along with a Fritz binaural head for the surround channels, were recorded simultaneously in DSD format.

The recordings will be used to prepare a special Super Audio CD celebrating the 75th anniversary of Neumann and the 100th anniversary of Count Basie's birth. At this event, sonic differences between LCR channels recorded with Sennheiser's MKH-800 (in cardioid mode) and Neumann's M-150 omnidirectional microphones were compared.

At the soirée were John Eargle of JME Engineering; Robert Hodas of Bob Hodas Acoustic Analysis; Gary Ladinsky from DesignFX Audio; Rodney Pearson, president of Tim Jordan Rentals; Jane Scobie from Royaltone Studios; Melanie Mullens Hoyson, studio manager at Firehouse Recording Studios; Grant Biles, co-owner of Mi Casa Studios; and many others.

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