Soundmirror Takes Sanken Chromatic CO-100K Mics to Russia
John Newton Records Men’s Choir at Saratov Cathedral in Russia
Boston, MA, August 2016 – Innovative recording entrepreneur John Newton, founder of Soundmirror Recording, packed up his Sanken Chromatic CO-100K microphones to record a men’s choir in Russia’s Saratov Cathedral. With a 20Hz ~ 100kHz range, the Sanken omni-directional condenser microphone is the world’s first 100kHz microphone designed specifically for professional recording.
“We do all of our recording on location throughout North America and sometimes Europe, Russia, and other exotic locales,” Newton explains. Founded in 1972, Soundmirror is a premier classical music recording and production company and has recorded for every major classical record label. Soundmirror’s orchestral, solo, opera, and chamber recordings have received over 80 Grammy nominations and awards.
“So far, we’ve used the 100K’s on two occasions as main left-center-right microphones for surround recordings of choral groups,” says Newton. “The Sankens have a character and a color that can be particularly enhancing with choral groups. I take the 100Ks out more and more often to get experience with them.”
Newton explained the Russian choir recording, “What we’re interested in primarily in our choice of main microphones is a mic that has a pleasant sound or a wonderful color or character for the particular ensemble that we’re miking.”
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Pictured in the Russian Orthodox Seminary Chapel in Saratov, Russia, is recording engineer John Newton with Sanken Chromatic’s CO-100K microphone. Photo by Leann Davis Alspaugh. Click on image for high res press version