The performance saw Bayonne using various synthesizers, electronic instruments and looping devices to perform the new album in its entirety. Instead of using a traditional PA system for the performance, Man Made Music partnered with Sennheiser to provide each of the 30 listeners in attendance with HD1 headphones coupled with EK IEM G4 receivers, which played back a live mix of the performance through a single Sennheiser SR IEM G4 transmitter.
The headphone mix also incorporated live audio from a Sennheiser AMBEO VR Mic, which served as a room mic to capture 360-degree, ambisonic audio. This added a sense of space to each listener's binaural audio signal — and an immersive element to the resulting recording and video which was streamed and premiered on YouTube and Facebook [http://smarturl.it/InTheStudioSession].
Mixing it up with AMBEO
Bayonne’s live performance was played back to the audience latency free across the Sennheiser G4 Wireless system after hitting the mixing console. Working with Sennheiser’s Customer Development Application Engineer Greg Simon who assisted with integration and microphone selection, Man Made Music Studio Technologist, Darren Moore and Chief Engineer, Dennis Wall mixed a combination of electronic and acoustic sounds — including a full drum kit — before creating a stereo mix to send to the audience headphones.
A complement of Sennheiser evolution series wired microphones were used on the drums including an e 901 / e 902 on the kick, an e 904 / e 935 on the snare, an e 914 on the hi-hat; and a pair of MKH 8040 overhead microphones. Bayonne's own accent drums were miked with an e 835 and an e 906, and he relied on a Neumann KMS 105 condenser mic to capture vocals.
For Man Made Music, putting on intimate artist showcases is nothing new, but Moore says the wireless concept for the Bayonne event is what prompted him to bring Sennheiser into the fold. "When I heard the idea about plugging 30 people in a room for the Bayonne performance and thought about how to pull it off, I said, 'Let me call Sennheiser and see if they can provide any guidance.’” He proceeded to contact Sennheiser’s David Missall, manager of customer development and application engineering, who asked if they had considered doing a surround sound recording. Moore perked up at the suggestion.
"The G4 system and HD1 headphones — combined with the VR Mic — were a game changer for us because you could move around during the performance and feel the music and not feel confined to one space. It suddenly felt like there was air around you, and it was a very cool feeling.” Hutchinson added.
Once the live mix and resulting recording were completed, the team knew they had a special piece of content to share with fans. The resulting video captures not only the intimacy of the performance but also the very essence of the room. "This helped us capture a moment in time with Bayonne that was relevant when it happened but will be also be relevant for fans at any point in the future. Even if folks weren’t able to attend in person, the video and recording makes you feel like you were there.”
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