The Fish Are Biting!

Well your humble-blogging-host has done it once again and thanks to the powers of google, I have landed a job recording the Queensland Wind Orchestra, conducted by David Law. A couple of days ago, I had networked to a number of orchestra’s and made my intentions known, the QWO was the only response I had, but hey, it worked and now I’ll be recording their performance tonight at the iconic Old Museum Building in Brisbane.

The Old Museum Building Brisbane
The Old Museum Building, Brisbane

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The Old Museum Building is an impressive structure to say the least and some of the worlds greatest have performed there, including the legendary Dame Nellie Melba! 

Members of the QWO
Members of the QWO

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The Queensland Wind Orchestra is a 45 piece ensemble, featuring symphonic winds, brass and percussion and will be performing a concert from the “something new” series (the 2015 season for the QWO has the theme of “Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed and Something Blue”). Tonight’s concert will feature the following pieces;

  • Balmages- Raging Machines
  • Standridge- Thou Fount of every blessing
  • Jones – Gypsies
  • Hultgren – Arachnophobia
  • Blackshaw- Twist
  • Mackey – Aurora Awakes
  • Ticheli- Korean Folksongs from Jeju island
  • Daehn- Remembrance
  • Cuong- Moth

To help with the recording process two of my fellow SAE-QANTM peers, Daniel Nelson and Alexander Nasteski have been kind enough to volunteer their services, to get some experience recording large ensembles (and to help yours truly, thanks guys!). In return for the opportunity that the QWO has given us, I will be mixing and mastering the performance to comply with industry standards and even produce a 5.1 mix of the production for all the audio-buffs out there.

Yesterday, the Old Museums manager was very accommodating and let my crew and I inspect the concert hall and take notes on the venue, which was a luxury that sometimes as audio-engineers we may not have. One of the interesting points that I made was that we cannot use good-old gaffer-tape anywhere on site, this is because the building is listed as a heritage site and instead of gaff, paper tape must be used.

To record the ensemble we will be using an ORTF configuration(Neumann KM184’s) above the conductors head for the band and two AKG C414’s on either side of the stage set to a figure 8 polar-pattern to capture the ambience of the hall and the audience, as well as widening the stereo field of the orchestra itself. We have discussed having a separate mic on the audience and will set this up behind the ORTF, facing the crowd. I will use my mac-mini as the recording device with the mbox-pro as the interface/pre-amps. The mbox-pro is eight-in, eight-out interface so there are plenty of channels for the set-up we are using. The session will be recorded at 96kHz, 24bit using pro tools as the DAW.

If any of my loyal blog-readers are in the Brisbane area tonight, then why not come and check out the performance, adult tickets are $20 and students can get in for $15.

Queensland Wind Orchestra, “Something New” – Conducted by David Law

7pm, 27th June, 2015

Old Museum

480 Gregory Terrace

Bowen Hills QLD 4006



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