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DPA Surround Sound recreates symphonic production

18 June 2008

(France) - French sound engineer Frédéric Bourgeais has chosen the DPA 5006 surround microphone kit, in conjunction with the S5c Surround Mount with integrated cables, to record a symphony orchestra on one of the world%u2019s largest stages at the Grand Parc du Puy du Fou, a historical theme park in La Vendée.

The Grand Carrousel theatre was built at the Grand Parc in 2006 and boasts a 2,800 square metre stage. It stages several annual productions including Mousquetaire de Richelieu which features a symphony by composer Nick Glennie Smith, and Symphonie de Bethléem performed by the Prague Philharmonia, a 30-piece choir and two soloists.
Bourgeais takes up the story of how the recording came about. “We have a very good relationship with the Prague Philharmonia and its manager Boris Jedlicka. When the last production of Symphonie de Bethléem had finished, we decided to keep them on to record the symphony from Mousquetaire de Richelieu, using the mic setup which was still in place. It was a huge challenge for us because it was the first time we’d recorded in this space, and we weren’t sure of the acoustics.
 Bourgeais used the DPA S5c Surround Mount with five matched 4006-TL omni mics. “As I had it in mind to use my favourite 4006 omnis, it was a great pleasure for me to accept,” he says.
 Bourgeais found the perfect configuration for recording the session was to use the DPA suround mount in its basic configuration, with an additional two 4011 cardioids mounted around six metres from the centre of the configuration for left and right respectively. DPAs were also used as spot mics, including 4060 miniature omnis for the cello and bass to record low frequencies for the sub channel.
 “I have been working with the 4006 for a long time,” continues Bourgeais. “I like its transparency, clean sound and ability to handle high SPLs. The complete 5006 surround kit is highly portable and has a splendid carrying case. It’s a really useful tool to work with, allowing me to concentrate on the acoustics and the orchestra while knowing the microphones were in place to do the best job possible.”
 Also produced at the Grand Parc is the long-running sound and light spectacular, the Puy du Fou, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. Bourgeais, who has worked on the show for 26 years, will be recording - again with DPA microphones - a special 14 June concert with Prague Philharmonia and a 40 piece choir, attended by French president Nicolas Sarkozy.





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