Stylus Productions recently teamed up with Streetfilms to provide location recording services at St James Church Piccadilly, London.
The brief was to capture a natural, ambient recording of a string quartet performance in the highest quality as the audio counterpart for a future DVD release. Considerations had to be given to how best to faithfully capture this dynamic and highly nuanced performance with a discreet, non-invasive solution that would not detract from the composition of the director’s shots.
We settled on a pair of DPA 4006 A omni directional microphones and one central Neumann U87 in a classic three-mic decca tree configuration suspended directly above the performance area on high tensile cable. This afforded us the ability to capture ultra-high quality, natural performance without impacting camera sightlines.
A dual redundancy multitrack set up inluding Millennium pre-amp stage and Lynx Aurora converters ran direct to disk, with a DiGiCo SD11 providing foldback to the performance area.