Remote Recording

The next few days should be interesting as I will be doing some remote recording work as part of a Christmas CD project. The project is a 20-song production where half the songs are unplugged with violin and piano.

We will be tracking the violin and grand piano in a recital hall in Guelph. I have not been in the room. It is a theatre-style hall with seating for somewhere around 200 people, perhaps larger. The grand piano is a Yamaha C7. The piano tuner is in this morning. We will get into the hall sometime around 3pm.

My Pro Tools HD rig is a permanent install in my studio. As is most of my equipment. So not surprisingly, most of the gear will be left behind. I will be taking my Digi 002R for the remote session. The equipment list for the date includes:


  • 6 x 25′ XLR cables
  • 2 x 8′ XLR cables
  • 2 x 2′ TRS/XLR cables


  • 2 x Neumann KM184
  • 1 x Soundelux U195
  • 1 x CAD VMS-1
  • 4 x microphone stands


  • Macbook Pro running Pro Tools LE 7.3.1cs4
  • LaCie 250 GB external firewire drive


  • 2 x Genelec 1040s
  • 1 x ATH-M40fs headphones


  • Digi 002R
  • ART PB 4×4 power
  • Presonus Digimax LT

The only issue I have for the session, aside from needing time to assess the soundfield and the piano, is the lack of a high-end preamp. My Millenia Media 8-channel preamp is stuck in transit somewhere. It was late shipping out of California and it will likely arrive after the sessions have been tracked.

We’ll see how the Presonus unit holds up. The preamps are relatively clean and certainly above the 002R internal pres. I will miss my studio preamps but such is life in a remote setting.

I will take some pictures of the session this evening and post them to the blog.

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