Tonmeister and University of Saint Francis Music Technology Director Miles Fulwider was recently tasked with recording a series of performances of more than 500 student violinists at the Suzuki Association of Utah (SAU). The event, dubbed ‘Violin Celebration,’ was held at Abravanel Hall, home of the Utah Symphony, and featured guest artist Rob Landes. The concert was edited into 19 videos that were streamed weekly as an immersive audio experience to Landes’ 3.62 million YouTube subscribers, as well as those on the SAU page. To ensure the ultimate sound quality, Fulwider chose DPA Microphones. With such a large potential audience and the caliber of the performance to consider, Fulwider deployed a variety of DPA microphones, including the 4006 Omnidirectional, 4099 CORE Instrument, 5100 Surround, 4011 Cardioid, 4041 Omnidirectional Large Diaphragm, 4015 Wide Cardioid, 4098 Gooseneck and 2011 Cardioid Twin Diaphragm microphones, which were installed throughout the venue or mounted on the instruments.
Fulwider said he knew that DPA mics would not only be up to the challenge of recording a pristine, clear production, but also accurately portray the intensity of the music. “Recording 500 musicians performing simultaneously results in a lot of sound intensity in a designated space. I wanted to be able to capture this without coloration or additional hype in the mixing process. The hall also provides such an incredible sounding environment for this type of performance, and I knew DPA microphones could capture what we were all hearing and experiencing in the hall.”