Mick Sawaguchi experiments with Pyramix 10
JAPAN: Mick Sawaguchi, owner of recording label Unamas, recently won the prize for Best Surround Recording from the Professional Music Recording Awards of Japan for Franz Schubert’s album Death and The Maiden. He has been experimenting with and recording in 9.2 for a number of years using Merging Technologies’ Pyramix 10 with Horus and Hapi networked audio interfaces.
The award-wining album was recorded at the Ohga Hall in Karuizawa, a venue whose size and acoustic properties are described as ‘ideal for this type of recording’. While experimenting, Mr Sawaguchi has also recently recorded another album, A. Piazzolla by the Strings and Oboe orchestra, at an Acoustic Groove System studio, which replicates the acoustic environment of an anechoic chamber.
In addition to experimenting with different acoustic environments, Mr Sawaguchi different setups for the height channels, microphones and instruments. He has made use of the 3D panning capability of Merging’s Pyramix 10.
Pyramix 10 proved useful when working on another recording, The Art of the Fugue, as it allowed for mixing down to 5.1 and 2 channels. The composition is often scored for a string quartet, however a bass instrument was added and a special arrangement made by Yoichi Tuchiya. Special mixes for MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) and HPL (Head Phone Listening) were also produced by Acoustic Field. Requiring a binaural encode from the 9.1 master for headphone listening, the system is able to simulate the original speaker layout up to 22.2.
‘It really helps to be able assign tracks to channels by being able to view both the horizontal and the vertical plane,’ Mr Sawaguchi explained. ‘Being able to follow the signal flow with different colours gives you instant feedback and it is also very helpful to be able rearrange the final master track configurations so we can get the LFE or the other channels in the correct order. Being able to capture these performances in Auro 3D has been a thrilling experience for the artists and myself and we hope more people will be able to enjoy the added realism which the four height channels can offer.’
Mr Sawaguchi was previously recognised by the Professional Music Recording Awards of Japan winning the award for Best High Resolution Recording of 2013 for Jun Fukamachi’s album, Reime, which was the first recording to use Merging Technologies’ Horus in Japan.