For Yourself True VR Environments Recorded Over 25+ Year
Period Using Custom Made Sonic Studios Mic Systems
& Live Performance Pages
Download MP3 Files FIRST (right-button 'save target
as' on PC) as the CONCERT length files are LARGE and download
is much faster if first saving these files to your computer
or hand-held wireless devices.
DSM recordings are naturally encoded with full multi-channel
ambient surround-sound of the environment in which they're
below are all made using DSM 2-channel mics
direct to an analog cassette, but mostly using digital
DAT, MD, and the newer audio flash card 24bit HD decks.
Then the master recordings are transferred as wav file
format before MP3 encoding for uploading to this site.
about the specific recording equipment used in the notes
(plain text) accompanying each music or sound file.
downloading various tracks of interest, then directly
burning a CD or DVD jukebox audio disc for playing on
any CD/DVD/Blueray DVD players.
on open-air (way better than closed) or ear-bud type
headphones (avoid noise canceling type phones), 2-channel
stereo speaker, and surround multi-channel speaker systems.
for best imaging speaker alignment.
recorded 2-channel stereo will playback the exact as-heard
360 degree surround sound the recordist experienced
during the live event on all 4, 5.1, 6.1, and 7.1 cinema
type video playback systems with Dolby Pro Logic II or
DTS NEO-6 decoder turned on! Suggest using the MUSIC MODE
setting on Dolby and DTS decoders for natural sound without
There are many live sound types and interests.
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other method of recording live environmental sound consistently
captures virtual reality like DSM systems
there again, or maybe for the first time!
over 13 years Sound-Ideas and associated recordists use
2 & 4 Channel DSM stereo-surround mics
files to play(DVD-Audio
authoring software required)
music is performed on great sounding acoustical instruments.
DSM mic systems excel at multitrack
recording each instrument exactly 'as
heard live,' not the usual colored
'instrument sound' of conventional mono/stereo studio
microphone recordings. Give a listen to the true sound
of Collings exceptional guitars/mandolins.
on photo below to visit Collings Guitar Web Site
recorded all selections using DSM multitrack
method. This is the recording of each song playing
a solo Collings instrument in a different relative position
using the stationary DSM
HRTF baffle mic, then mixing all stereo tracks
together to naturally sound simultaneous.
just put up at Head-fi.com several links to free downloads
of binaural recordings, and your site is mentioned at the
top of that list, of course! I also just placed at the bottom
of that post (as these are all being collected in post #1)
several recordings I made of Pamela Branscum playing a laptop
mountain dulcimer by a stream. She sings in one of the tunes,
and for a finale plays a jaw-harp solo. This is recorded,
vocal and all, with just with the DSM-6S/M's worn on my
are welcome to use these mp3's to demo your mics, with mine
and Pamela's permission.
SUGGESTION: The following selections are ENCODED WAY TOO
LOUD, and heard best by TURNING DOWN usual listening volume
setting to ~50-60% for best experience.)
the 6S/M is not normally used for solo acoustic instruments,
these recordings attest that they can certainly be used
with success for that application. I have made many fine
recordings of organ performances also with these mics, though
I cannot get permission to make those recordings public,
unfortunately. Have to find some organists with freer minds!
I've recorded some PA'd street concerts here in Winston-Salem,
NC but those just aren't as satisfying as the un-amplified
and I have just agreed to work on a whole series of mountain
and hammer dulcimer recordings featuring these mics and
will be using several of your multitrack techniques, and
a couple inspired by those. For instance, we are going to
record a lively playground, and create a composite finished
take from those tracks with some "hits" as they
say in the movies, then we are going back to the same site
during a quiet time (but same ambiance), setting up the
mic in the exact same location and recording the dulcimers.
Finally we will mix it all together! This is adopting your
rule that the "room" or space stay stationary
to establish the relative ambiance cues keeping them consistent
will also be creating a good composite recording of a good
crackling fireplace, and will try playing that over speakers
in my studio while she plays the dulcimers and sings with
the sound of the fireplace being "placed" with
her in that new space. We're not sure how that will work
out, but it is worth a try. The theme of this project is
to have a continuity presented throughout the 1-hour CD
where the feeling of "being there" continues throughout
without breaks or silences between, transitioning via gentle
segues instead. I will certainly share the fruits of those
labors with you both! I'd like for you to share in the fun
your microphones are giving us!
may right-click and download the tunes from that website
just fine if you wish the security of serving them from
your own server. I hope you both enjoy them, even if you
do not find you wish to include them at your site at this
from the dulcimer recordings made with the DSM mic's was pretty
positive! I have some more recordings here made with the same
equipment of some street musicians performing on Trade St.
in Winston-Salem, NC, which is the Art District there. These
are just for fun, folks - this is just jamming with flute
and percussion - yes, and that's me playing the flute, and
friends Rico and Tabia and their kids are playing the fine
percussion, with my friend Laura wearing the DSM mics. Years
ago, I made my living as a street musician during several
periods of my life, so this was a fun way for me to relive
one of my favorite activities ever! This was recorded back
in early autumn of 2001 for a Gallery-Hop event to help out
and bring some ambiance to the scene - it was nice and warm
and southern-style nighttime summery.
is no processing on these other than running through mp3 gain
to take out any spikes made within the mp3. At 256 Kbps VBR,
the longer ones are large downloads (16 and 20 megs) - well,
when the download finishes, there you'll have a nice file,
so it's worth the wait for the reverbs! (On most browsers
you may simply click the link and it will play in Quicktime
as it downloads into your cache.) Music critics, just don't
even bother! This is for the ambiance and fun of the live
energy outdoors of a summer street scene! (Well, the music
is enjoyable, and several folks listen to this as a CD in
their car a lot, sure... but listen to this for the "vibe"
- the reverb tails and sonic energy of it all!)
musically, this is no big deal (especially the flute player!),
but the experience of the street ambiance is fun! There's
even a distant train whistle on the first track, and you can
hear people's car radios and a distant trumpet in a couple
places. The flute is quieter than the drums just like really
being there it is, etc. Unplugged and raw! Enjoy!
Hopefully, some great organ tracks will be coming soon! The
organist wishes to remain anonymous as these were just recorded
as school demos, but in my opinion the performances are very
nice and the sound is quite incredible! So, watch this space
"What you visualize is what you could
create... So... Be Careful What Sorts of Images You'll Accept
to be Put Into Your Mind!
(By you or anyone else!)"
recording gear: Headworn DSM-6S/M
mic and Sony PCM-M1
DAT deck with MOD-2 mic powering
out of five members of The Fixx, vocalist Cy Curnin, guitarist
Jamie West-Oram, keyboardist Rupert Greenall and drummer
Adam Woods have been together since forming in 1980 except
for a brief band hiatus in the mid-90's. Though they've
rotated through five bassists, Dan K. Brown is the de facto
fifth member, with them during their prime hit-making years
from 1983 to 1991 and also back with the band since 2007.
An intact lineup from their heyday! How often can a 30-year-old
band advertise that?
was recorded at a bit too distant position from sound stage
. So instead of posting raw sound samples, in this case
I've boost enhanced the bass & highs with custom adjustable
filter software editing as shown in the CEP filter graph
screenshots at right.
AC/DC concert recording really sounds GREAT!!!
Bartholomew (born December 24, 1920, Edgard, Louisiana)
is a musician, band leader, composer and arranger,
prominent in the music of New Orleans throughout the
second half of the 20th century. His band consisted
of himself, drummers Terces LaBune and Randy Quinson
and guitarists Larry Sands and Samuel Kane.
first learned to play the tuba but the trumpet later
became his main instrument. His professional career
began in New Orleans, when he put together a group
that included Alvin 'Red' Tyler, Earl Palmer and Lee
External video Oral History, Dave Bartholomew shares
early moments of his life story. interview date March
27, 2003, NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants)
Oral History Library
began recording in 1947 for De Luxe Records, but the
company folded and he received little recognition.
In 1949, however, he began working with Lew Chudd's
Imperial Records as an arranger, bandleader and talent
scout. He produced hits from Earl King, Tommy Ridgley,
Robert Parker, Frankie Ford, Chris Kenner, Smiley
Lewis, Shirley & Lee and Fats Domino, among others.
He was responsible for the arrangements on the Fats
Domino hits in the 1950s including the best seller
"Blueberry Hill". He left Imperial in the
mid-1960s and moved between several labels, including
his own Broadmoor Records (named for his neighborhood
of New Orleans, Broadmoor).
of 2009 he is still involved in the music business
and releasing recordings of his own. He also plays
traditional jazz trumpet at Preservation Hall, despite
his millionaire status.
John "Mac" Rebennack, Jr. (born November 21,
1940), better known by the stage name Dr. John (also Dr.
John Creaux, or Dr. John the Night Tripper), is an American
singer-songwriter, pianist and guitarist, whose music
combines blues, pop, jazz as well as zydeco, boogie woogie
and rock and roll.
as a session musician since the late 1950s, he came
to wider prominence in the early 1970s with a wildly
theatrical stage show inspired by medicine shows, Mardi
Gras costumes and voodoo ceremonies. Rebennack has recorded
over 20 albums and in 1973 scored a top-20 hit with
the jaunty funk-flavored "Right Place Wrong Time",
still perhaps his best-known song.
winner of six Grammy Awards, Rebennack was inducted
into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by singer John Legend
on Monday, March 14, 2011
with good to excellent recording quality as first
10-15 minutes a lot of stuff happened until getting
an acceptable place and recording setting. About half
way into the fist set the audience decided against
the dance floor chair seating removing every chair,
including my own, from the dance floor. As the crowd
danced, I took my chair and sat drectly at the piano's
end directly facing Dr. John. He took a very long
look at me seated there staring at him, but decided
after a few seconds I meant no harm continuing without
a second look.
pair is probably one of the best-known performers around.
They have created a unique style that combines country,
bluegrass, folk and jazz. They are kept busy throughout
the year playing different venues, and enjoy teaming up
together to present their special brand of music for festivals,
schools, theatres and house concerts.
20, 1995 Coos Bay Library Oregon USA
broke into the music business as a studio musician
with Bob Dylan, going on to perform with Willie Nelson,
Emmylou Harris, Chet Atkins and other music legends.
known as an innovative guitarist, performs with a variety
of ensembles, including his own jazz group the Dean Magraw
Quartet, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the experimental
folk-jazz fusion trio Eight-Head, the Celtic band Jacobeats,
and several mainstream jazz ensembles. He has also appeared
on "A Prairie Home Companion.
and Ostroushko joined forces in 1991 to release the
album "DUO," which was named one of the "10
Best Albums of the Year" by TowerPulse! Magazine.
. . 150-240Kbps VBR MP3 . . . 117 MEG . . . 100:18 Min. . .
In the Summer Rain
(no kidding!) .
. . 1994 Autzen Stadium Eugene Oregon . . . Recorded
with Sonic Studios DSM-6S/M
+ GUY HRTF Baffle
DC Servo Preamp + Sony TCD-D7 DAT
1986 Kuumbwa continues to present jazz
and educational programs all while developing an international
reputation for artistic excellence and establishing
ourselves as a major arts institution in Santa Cruz
County. Artists presented in this time-period include
McCoy Tyner, Cedar Walton, Bobby Hutcherson, Pharoah
Sanders, Betty CarterHenry Threadgill and hundreds more.
comes from as the National Endowment for the Arts, the
California Arts Council, the Packard Foundaton, the
newly formed Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County and
the Santa Cruz City Arts Commission.
The first big remodel space is taken from
the building next door and the stage is shifted 45 degrees
from the original stage right. Funding from the Packard
Foundation helps us buy a new Yamaha C7 grand piano,
sound equipment, and chairs, increasing our seating
capacity from 150 to 200 seats. The Cedar Walton Trio
is our opening concert in the new venue
with Cecil Taylor soon to follow giving that new
piano a serious initiation into jazz!
1991 The club continues with weekly concerts
featuring major jazz artists on Monday nights and *local
musicians on Friday nights*.
In 1990 a series of special events is presented to commemorate
Kuumbwas 15th Anniversary.
47th Annual Roseburg Oregon Arts Festival has great food court
with music on the Main Stage.
time it's the band FLASHBACK with a great mix of vintage Rock
favorites recorded with one of SonicStudios.com's headworn
DSM-6S/EH + WHB/N
+ M-Audio Microtrack 24/96 flash deck systems and Panasonic's
tiny DMC-ZS3 point-n-shoot
Breuker Kollectief Johnny D's Uptown Lounge
MA USA, September 22, 2004 - Founded in 1974, the Willem Breuker
Kollektief has been bringing their joyous and virtuosic blend
of jazz, European traditions and Dutch humor to a worldwide
audience for well over 25 years now.
has any band, inside or outside jazz, combined instrumental
virtuosity and antic irreverence so thoroughly."
de Jonge, piano
Rob Verdurmen, drums
Arjen Gorter, double bass
Andy Bruce, trombone
Bernard Hunnekink, trombone & tuba
Breuker, saxes & clarinets
Hermine Deurloo, alto sax & harmonica
Maarten van Norden, tenor sax
Andy Altenfelder, trumpet
Boy Raaymakers, trumpet
more than three decades, saxophonist-clarinetist-composer
Willem Breuker and his 11-member Amsterdam-based Kollektief
have been a leading force in European new jazz.
circus of sounds and stage high jinks punctuate their improvised
music--one minute mining a hot Euro-jazz groove, the next
tearing into classical repertoire with vaudevillian bliss.
Kollektief, one of the most refreshing large ensembles on
either side of the Atlantic, has intrigued global audiences
since 1974. Its joyous big-band sound, the eclecticism and
complexity of Breuker's compositions, and the dependable tightness
of the ensemble continue to inspire musicians worldwide.
Sent in by kind Sonic Studios customer; . Likely recorded 2004
at Johnny D's, Sommerville, MA USA;
1st row audience with headworn DSM-6S/M into DAT or MD deck.
is from inexpensive mono sound, VGA video handheld
Panasonic FX12 still camera.
camera mono audio substituted in post edit for high
quality headworn DSM-6S/L
mic + PA-24-X
preamp + Microtrack
1 line level input 24bit - 88.2K mode stereo-surround
was converted to 24bit/44.1K for marrying to split-audio video
file, then entire video project converted to MPEG-2 file and
uploaded to YouTube.
nice to have a moving image, mostly with barely OK but, sometimes
very good quality audio in the highly accessible 'YouTube'
enjoy both presentations.
Date: 6/18/02 9:48:22 PM Pacific
From: -email@example.com (Mark Ragsdale)
Reply-to: -firstname.lastname@example.org (Mark Ragsdale)
You mentioned that you may want to put some
of the bagpipe files on your website
and I thought you might want the performers name. He is Greg
Campbell from Stillwater Oklahoma. He is a former Vet
Med Professor from Oklahoma State University. The recording
was made at the Marland Mansion in Ponca City Oklahoma.
I used the DSM
6S/M with a LiteGUY
on a Shure S15A 15' aluminum telescoping stand with a Sharp
United States Air Force Band of the Golden West appears through
the couresy of the Commander, Air Mobility Command. If you
have comments on the performance, please write to: General
duncan J. McNabb, Commander; 402 Scott Drive, Unit 3EC, Scott
Air Force Base, IL 62225-5310
Partial of total program VBR MP3 encoded from high definition
24bit/88.2k stereo-surround master. Recorded left of center
2nd row audience; see photo. 50+ very mature enthusiastic
audience filled ~90% 1000 maximum.
note the 3.5 min VBR MP3, and longer, higher quality encoded
vorbis.OGG file, and extremely large master quality wav
extended versions of TRITTICO (3rd movement).
September 15, 2006 Culvers Restaurant, Sutherlin,
driving by Culvers after all day errands in neighboring city
Roseburg, heard the clear sound of a trumpet sounding through
the open doors.
new group to the area was playing and the owners had thrown
wide the antique 'meat market' doors giving the dinner crowd
and surrounding area a few entertaining hours. I arrived near
the end of the first set and found the best seat in the house
near the side wall (see photo view) recording this
impromptu demo collection of cover songs.
All Paul Bailey Recordings used Sonic
Studios recording equipment: DSM-6S/H
surround-stereo microphone + GUY
HRTF Baffle + PA-24NJ
mic preamp. + Sony PCM-M1 DAT or Edirol R-1 deck.
Request 78 Minute CD of Jerry Kuderna's (
concert (with titles)
soon available (~8/2004)
for $12.00 USD + Shipping
($3.00 in USA) - CD
requests email email@example.com
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HORSE TEA & COFFEE COMPANY LIVE PERFORMANCE
in 2-channel (stereo) surround with Sonic Studios DSM
HRTF system (shown at left)
withSonic Studiios HRTF GUY baffle (at left in above photo)
wearing DSM-6S/H + WHB windscreen'd mic + PA-24XP/B Preamplifier
into M-Audio Microtrack 24/96 deck at 24bit/88.2K; then coverted
to 24bit/44.1K and MP3 VBR encoded
Matthews Brown (October 13, 1926 July
2, 2002) was an influential American jazz
double bassist, known for extensive work with
Oscar Peterson among many others
major early influence on Brown's bass playing
was the bassist in the Duke Ellington band, Jimmy
Blanton. As a young man Ray Brown became steadily
more well known in the Pittsburgh jazz scene,
with his first experiences playing in bands with
the Jimmy Hinsley Sextet and the Snookum Russell
band. After graduating from high school, hearing
stories about the burgeoning jazz scene on 52nd
Street, in New York City, he bought a one way
ticket to New York. Arriving in New York at the
age of twenty, he met up with Hank Jones, with
whom he had previously worked, and was introduced
to Dizzy Gillespie, who was looking for a bass
player. Gillespie hired Brown on the spot and
he soon played with such established musicians
as Art Tatum and Charlie Parker.
1946 to 1951 he played in Gillespie's band. Brown,
along with the vibraphonist Milt Jackson, drummer
Kenny Clarke, and the pianist John Lewis formed
the rhythm section of the Gillespie band. Lewis,
Clarke and Jackson eventually formed the Modern
Jazz Quartet. Brown became acquainted with singer
Ella Fitzgerald when she joined the Gillespie
band as a special attraction for a tour of the
southern United States in 1947. The two married
that year, and together they adopted a child born
to Fitzgerald's half-sister Frances, whom they
christened Ray Brown, Jr. Fitzgerald and Brown
divorced in 1952.
Don't Know Me"
w/RAY BROWN TRIO
+ PA-12 Preamp + WM-D6C Cassette Deck
Harris was an American jazz pianist known for
his warm sound and blues and gospel infused style
that is known as soul jazz. From 1956 to 1970,
he played in The Three Sounds trio with bassist
Andy Simpkins and drummer Bill Dowdy. WikipediaBorn:
September 1, 1933, Benton Harbor
Died: January 16, 2000, Boise
LOERBER, BRIAN BROMBERG@1991
Mount Hood Jazz Festival
these selections kindly sent by Mike Albright.
Recorded using headworn DSM-6S/M & 6S/L mics directly
into TCD-D7/D3 portable DAT decks or Sony PCM-M10 digital
in honor of a sketch by the Monty Python comedy troupe,
this 4-piece band of Santa Barbara, CA high school cronies
came to be known as Toad the Wet Sprocket in 1986. To
this day, their mellow, melodic folk-pop sound made
them one of the most successful alternative rock bands
of the early 1990s.