Comparison of different microphone positions for orchestra instruments
  Joint Research Project with Studiengang Tonmeister der Universität der Künste Berlin,
Nagoya University of the Arts, Soundmedia Composition Course

Universität der Künste BerlinUniversität der Künste Berlin
  The Orchestral instruments


Bass Drum
Snare Drum



Prof. Thorsten Weigelt (UdK, Universität der Künste Berlin, Tonmeister Course)
Assoc. prof. Kazuya Nagae (NUA, Nagoya University of the Arts, Sound Media Course)

Production Coordination
Ellinor Krämer (UdK Tonmeister Students)

Technical Coordination
Shintaro Sugiura (UdK Tonmeister Students)

Musician Coordination
Tom Pielucha (UdK, Künstlerisches Betriebsbüro / Orchesterbüro)

Recording Producer
Ellinor Krämer,
Joni Saksala, Jonas Pohl, Jupp Wegner, Shintaro Sugiura, Thorsten Weigelt ( UdK)

Technical Assistant
Kenta Murakami
(NUA Graduates)

Equipment Support
DPA Microphones, RME/Audio AG

Web Playback System Programming
Kyotaro Kobayashi (NUA Students)

Web Design
Kazuya Nagae

This work was supported by
Kawai Foundation For Sound Technology & Music,
Universität der Künste Berlin, Nagoya University of the Arts

Dear all,

Every musical instrument has a specific sound radiation pattern, which is highly dependent from frequency. We wanted to record sound samples of the most important orchestra instruments to make these differences audible for interested people working and studying in the field of Recording Arts. Those samples have been recorded in a realistic environment and situation, means as stereo recordings in a concert hall. The listeners have to be aware of the fact, that those recordings have some kind of general validity but at the same time are also specific for the recording situation in this hall with the specific used instrument, piece and not to forget the player. We would like to thank all those who have contributed to this project and supported it. Please listen it.

3.June 2018

We started subjective evaluation experiments from July 17, 2018. Please vote for the perfer position of the microphone you think is fit for that music. We aggregate by Job and reproduction environment. This program gets your IP address but only uses it to identify the country and  if the same person vote several times at the same time, we recognise it. We are looking forward to publishing this data. We think It help for us.

17.July 2018

Thorsten Weigelt, Kazuya Nagae



Introduction video of this project 日本語





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