Capturing Height: Recording Techniques that Include the Vertical Dimension


David Bowles, Swineshead Productions LLC - Berkeley, CA, USA
Paul Geluso, New York University - New York, NY, USA
Sungyoung Kim, Rochester Institute of Technology - Rochester, NY, USA

Gregor Zielinsky, Sennheiser Electronic GmbH & Co. KG - Germany

Height sound contains crucial information about sound sources, the recording space, and ambient sounds. As object oriented and dedicated height channel playback system become more common, recording engineers need to be familiar with effective height sound capturing techniques to create true three-dimensional sound recordings. Height sound can be captured using specialty microphones and decoders, or by adding dedicated height microphones to an existing mono, stereo or surround microphone system. At this workshop, the panelists will give a comprehensive overview of current height sound recording techniques and share their personal experiences working with height sound. Recent music recordings made with some of the techniques discussed at the workshop will be played during a technical tour of the studio facilities at NYU Steinhardt.

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