New Years Steam Whistles Part 2


If you haven’t read Part 1 yet please do. Before the the Steam Whistles were up and running the Pratt calliope calliope was hooked up to a small sequencer and it was warming up for its big performance when we arrived:

We even got a little teaser of its big finale:

As you can hear this Calliope was either hard to tune, or just needed a bit more practice. Sousa is probably rolling over in his grave right now.

I was not completely prepared for the SPL that thing put out, so sadly there were a few times where both the Schoeps and the Sound Devices recorder got pushed a little too hard. I wish I could have positioned myself further away, but crowds had already started to gather and I wanted to try and minimize the background. In the end it is still a nice document of the final hours of 2011.

Recording Geek Note: The calliope were recorded with Schoeps CMC5′s setup for MS with an MK4 as the Mid. It was all tracked to a Sound Devices 744T at 24/192. I was a little too close.

Happy New Year!

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Michael Raphael January 2, 2012