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Technical Design Solutions for Theatre by Don Harvey, Ben Sammler

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Recreating an Acoustic Space withDiscrete-6 Recording

Brian MaQueen

For the Yale School of Drama’s production of The Misanthrope, director Lisa Channer wanted to suggest that the title character was aware of a beauty that all the other characters were not. This beauty was represented by Vivaldi’s Sposa son disprezzatta, performed on a piano at key moments. To create these distinctly different cues, I used discrete-6 recording and playback techniques not only to capture the cue itself, but also to recreate the ambience of a recording hall.

The first step in recording in discrete-6 is locating six microphones in the recording hall in the same relative positions that 6 individually channeled playback speakers will occupy in the theatre. In other ...

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