Soho Cobbles

I was recently out recording in downtown Manhattan and found myself wandering around Soho.  There are still a number of great cobblestone streets that have not been paved over.  I’ve always loved the low rumble that cars make rolling over some of those old cobbles.  Being a cyclist, I’ve had the not-so-lucky experience of turning down the wrong street and having my whole body shudder until I could turn onto another paved block.  I can only imagine what riding in an old horse and buggy was like back in the day.

For this recording, I placed my zeppelin on the sidewalk and tried to look a little inconspicuous, which can be difficult to do when you are standing around with a big furry zeppelin.  Normally when recording cars, I would track the engine of the car as it passed, but, in this case, the mic was pretty stationary, providing a bit of a overhyped stereo image.

Recording Geek Note:  Rig consists of Schoeps CMC5 setup for MS, with the MK4 as the mid.  It was all tracked to a Sound Devices 744T at 24/96.

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  1. I really like this recording – sounds quite chilled out. It’s fascinating the different vibes you can get from different parts of the city, even just a few blocks apart. Was this on a weekend morning? Sometimes Soho in London sounds like this early in the morning after all the partygoers have staggered home.

Michael Raphael February 25, 2010