adventures in dysthymia

Monday, November 08, 2004


On Sunday, I had the opportunity to record Dr Wayne Barr playing the brand-new Rodgers Trillium 957 Organ in the Chapel at Tuskegee University. Sounds marvelous! Of course, Wayne's an excellent player too -- his Doctor of Musical Arts degree is in organ performance -- and he obviously enjoyed playing the instrument! Here's some info from the Rodgers website (Rodgers Organs belong to Roland these days). There's a lot more there if you happen to be a music geek.

Rodgers' Professional Grade TrilliumTM 957 Organ offers a true pipe organ quality console and cutting-edge, stereophonic sampled, imaged stereophonic pipe organ sound. With 112 total speaking stops available, the Trillium 957 is the highest value, best choice for many churches seeking a versatile, five division, three manual organ. The full technological and financial resources of the world's largest digital musical instrument company, Roland Corporation back each Trillium 957. Rodgers and Roland's industry leading music technologies insure you the finest quality, highest resolution stereophonic organ sound available with a long-term reliability you can trust for many future decades.

A unique feature of the Trillium 957 is the choice of three distinct Principal Choruses as your default Principal sound with the alternate choruses instantly available at any time from piston memory.

The Chapel has great acoustics which made my job easier. Now I have an hour and a half of music to edit! My recording/editing program of choice for some time now has been PG Music's Power Tracks but I've started working also with Adobe Audition. Costs more but I'm not sure it's any better! The concert was recorded on an ordinary enough little Fostex digital machine, using the built-in preamps (which seem quite accurate though not offering much gain) and a pair of Oktava MC319 large diaphragm condenser microphones. These Russian-made mikes are an excellent deal and work great for recording classical music (a great deal of Soviet-era recording was done with similar units). Here is a place that handles these mikes, checking them over for the quality-control problems typical of Russian products.

Gosh, did I just give away all my secrets?! :)

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