By Frank Lockwood
The recordings described here were done at the Church of St. Mary Magdalene in Toronto from January to May, 2009. This article is based on a presentation given by Frank Lockwood to the AES Toronto chapter in January 2014.
Recording The Music
For the main choir pickup, I chose a pair of Neumann KM 140 microphones. Specifically for the pickup of the room sound, I chose the Pearl TL4 two-channel microphone. Its unique construction features two separate microphones mounted back-to-back, facing 180 degrees apart from each other. This microphone is extremely well suited for capturing room sound, when the capsules are oriented so that they face the side walls. Pickup of the
performers here is de-emphasized, leaving that job for the main microphone array. The main pair was just behind the conductor’s position, and the choir was on the floor and the first step just by the communion rail.