Making-of Ornitologia 2010-04-18/25
The Red Trio interview was recorded in a restaurant using the Zoom H2 placed in the center of the table, recording with the four microphones in surround and 48 kHz/24 bit, medium (M) gain. The pair of stereo tracks were imported to Ableton Live and the front to back ratio was adjusted with Live’s mixer and crossfader. Some processing was used in the master track: BIAS GatEx gate/expander to reduce room noise, Voxengo Voxformer in the mid/side mode to reduce the stereo image, to compress the signal and to remove voice sibilances. Finally, some EQ and gain was added using the PSP RetroQ plugin and limiting was applied with Voxengo Elephant. The final mix was exported to stereo and the interview was then edited with BIAS Peak Express in the handy blending mode.
As usual, the complete episodes were also mixed in a Ableton Live from the tracks: 1 Voiceover, 2 Effect and 3 Music (one more, 4 Interview in the 18/4 episode). Additionally, a more sophisticated mixer with four return tracks configuration was used: A Effect Ducker (voiceover + music, sends only) for ducking the effects during music or voiceover (side-chain input in a compressor); B Reverb (voiceover + music + effect, -55 dB to the master track), long Live reverb (1.28 s) for blending the voiceover, effects and music together (only kicks in when the effect or voiceover are present); C Vocal Reverb (voiceover, -42 dB to the master) short vocal Live reverb (377 ms); and D Voice+effect (voice + effect, sends only) for gating the long reverb (as shown in the picture above).
The novelty in the last two shows was a new dynamic microphone, the Beyerdynamic M 201 TG. It requires a very different mic technique from the large condenser I’ve been using, as it has a strong proximity effect (see frequency response). I’ve placed it much too close and without a pop-filter, thus the results aren’t that great. Also, it needs much more amplification from the mic preamp and I had no time nor monitoring system to check the EQ. I’ll try to improve on these results, as it is seems a good microphone for the less than perfect surroundings where I usually record the show.