I’d like to share a couple of tracks I recorded last week as a “byproduct” of a live streaming of my friends’ concert.
With this new situation of closed concerts, live streaming became the “next big thing” so I decided to jump on the wagon and have started a small business for the audio production. And although I already have got enough gear to start the job, I was somewhat worried to do live stream through a device that is connected to a computer (latency, xruns…)… So I bought an analog console: Soundcraft Signature 12MTK. This is a little review of the device.
First: it works with Linux beautifully (Debian testing on 5 years old Dell Inspiron intel i3, 4 Gb of RAM). It is recognized by ALSA and Ardour, but one must pay attention to routing which is a bit complicated, but very powerful, since one can route anything to anywhere, both in Ardour and on Soundcraft. It takes a little getting used to.
At first I was concerned with the quality of preamps (for the classical, at least), or at least of their coloration (the “signature” sound), I guess everyone is a bit sceptical about cheap stuff (it costs around 400€). There is no reason for concern, the preamps sound beautifully, they have enough gain and the noise is unnoticeable. And it is such a joy to do a monitor mix using faders and knobs (as opposed to dsp mixers - if those work with Linux at all)
So these are my tracks: The first is duo for violin and clarinet by D. Milhaud, and the second is a quintet for clarinet and strings by A Grgin. It is recorded in a very noisy cinema theater using pair of spaced omnis (Rode NT5 with omni capsules 50 cm separation), and a NOS pair (Line Audio CM3 @20 cm) placed on the same bar (Faulkner’s array?). Very little processing was added: some stereo balancing, very little reverb (zita-rev) the x42 stereo limiter, and HP filter in the duo - in an attempt to combat LF noise.