"My recording philosophy is to present an accurate audio image of the performers, from the perspective of well-placed microphones.
Once I understand the acoustic and how sounds
propagate in it, than I can choose specific microphones to create the 'sound image'. I believe that, as each microphone model has unique characteristics, they should be thought of as an
artist's paintbrushes: some work better for large ensembles and others for close-up solo work.
The same goes for microphone preamplifiers: some pass through fine detail, and others sound 'warm'. Therefore I do not restrict myself to one or two favourite pairs of microphones and/or preamplifiers.
The process of sound recording is a creative one, which allows me to expand my listening perspective beyond 'front row centre' or 'the conductor's podium'. There are many challenges I face as
a producer and an engineer: different acoustics, different repertoire, changes in ambience, and, in the case of historically-informed performances, different instruments played by the same
performer. The overriding challenge, however, is to create a convincing performance which will engage the listener's emotions as well as intellect."
A list of equipment can be provided upon request.
David v.R. Bowles
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