Deep River: the Cantus Spirituals Project Recording Setup

Sidebar 2: Recording Setup

Microphones: two DPA (B&K) 4011 ½" cardioids (ORTF pair), two DPA 4003 ½" omnis (close-spaced pair on Jecklin disc), two EarthWorks QTC-1 ¼" omnis (spaced pair)
Microphone preamps: two Millennia Media HV3Bs (4011s & QTC-1s), DPA HMA4000 high-voltage power supply/preamp and Metric Halo MIO 2882 (4003s)
A/D converters: two dCS 904s (4011s and QTC-1s), Metric Halo MIO 2882 (4003s), all word-clock-synchronized, running at 88.2kHz with 24-bit word length
Session recorders: Nagra-D (QTC-1s), Tascam DA-38 with Prism MR-1024T (4011s), UniQpc 2.4MHz Pentium 4 PC with RME Digi96/8 Pro soundcard and LaCie 120GB FireWire hard drive, running Cool Edit Pro (4003s)
Microphone cables: various by Cardas, DPA, Neumann, Beyerdynamic, and Canare
Line-level cables: AudioQuest Lapis
Digital datalinks: various by Madrigal, Canare, and Apogee
Editing: UniQpc 2.4MHz Pentium 4 PC with RME Digi96/8 Pro and LaCie 120GB FireWire hard drive, running Cool Edit Pro; Macintosh 8100/80 running Sonic Solutions Classic
Downsampling, 88.2-44.1kHz: dCS 972
Redithering, 24-16 bits: POW-R 2 running on Z-Systems rdp-1
Mastering: UniQpc 2.4MHz Pentium 4 PC with Plextor Premium CD-R drive and LaCie 120GB FireWire hard drive, running Sony CD Architect, Z-Systems rdp-1 digital equalizer
Session monitoring: Musical Fidelity X-24K D/A processor, Stax Lambda Pro, Sennheiser HD600 and HD580, and Sony MDR-7506 headphones driven by Musical Fidelity XCANS v2 and HeadRoom BlockHead headphone amplifiers
Session AC power conditioning: Audio Power Industries Power Wedge
Post-production monitoring: Dynaudio Confidence C4 loudspeakers driven by Mark Levinson No.33H monoblock power amplifiers, Mark Levinson No.380S preamplifier, Mark Levinson No.30.6 D/A processor. Sennheiser HD600 headphones driven by a HeadRoom BlockHead amplifier
Post-production AC power conditioning: PS Audio Power Plant P300 running at 90Hz

John Atkinson would like to thank Erick Lichte, Dr. Glenn Zelniker (Z-Systems), Eric Blackmer (EarthWorks), John La Grou (Millennia Media), Len Moskowitz (Core Sound), Nancy Belt (Nagra USA), Neville Woo (UniQpc), and Wes Phillips for their help with this project.

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