Madrid! La gran ciudad


The market , a nice place to get tapas, wine and  great crowd ambiences!!
Something’s happening in here!
After many difficult place to sleep in, dormitory and crappy places, I finally got a nice comfortable bed!

Nice is Nice

Beautiful Nice city! It got the right name!

The old town has nice little colored streets with smells ans shops.
Great soundwalk in here!


Of course, the sea is omnipresent!

This floor made me dizzy somehow:

Quad / Double Stereo Config

I have been testing out my config in the Switzerland country around Interlaken.
I put in place an ORTF Stereo with Sennheiser MKH8090, coupled with a stereo pair of DPA 4060 spaced omnis.
All connected to Sound Devices MixPre-6.
I found this configuration quite interesting to record immersive ambiences.

Toronto Stealth Ambience

Toronto ambience surround recording

Following my recording sessions from New York, Chicago and Philadelphia; I wandered into the city of Toronto in ultra cold winter and snow, I focused mainly on interior public spaces.
It is such a mixed city, with many communities from all around the world.

Arriving in the city was not easy since there was a snow storm all along the road.

Using my SSS Technique (Stealth Surround System),

I finally got into shops, groceries, cafes, undergrounds, malls, subway, streetcars, recreation centers, hotels, …

It’s a long process, where I needed to find the right spot, with good open angles from the variety of sound sources, people, or other noises. Not too close or too far, with good stereo imaging, and a long enough time without disturbances, music, or unwanted noises.

On top of that, it’s always tricky to stay still for few minutes without getting noticed, so it is great to pretend doing something on this particular spot (for example, waiting for someone, or reading something on the phone, or looking at the map, or just being in awe for a supposed touristic landmark). In most cases, the action evolves and people move, so it needs a lot of adaptation on the spot.

It is so rare that the recording unfolds smoothly the way I wish it should. It is a good exercise for nerves, working on patience and tolerance.
And if it doesn’t work in one place maybe it would in another place….

exterior at the zoo …