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NTP DAD AX32 works magic on Wagner epic

Erica Basnicki 19 November 2013
NTP DAD AX32 works magic on Wagner epic

Opéra de Dijon, one of the leading opera houses in France, has chosen an NTP Technology DAD AX32 multi-channel microphone preamplifier and signal converter for use in recording Richard Wagner’s The Ring of the Nibelung. The 10 hour production took place over a total four days, performed by the Richard Wagner European Orchestra and the Opéra de Dijon Choir.   "We needed 16 preamplifiers and converters in addition to our existing 8-channel DAD AX24," said sound engineer Frank Guinfoleau. "Michel Pierre from DAD’s distributor Areitec supplied the DAD AX32. It is the mobile unit one dreams of having, accommodating up to 32 channels in a 2 U chassis. The new control software was easily installed on my PC and automatically detected both our existing AX24 and the new AX32. We controlled both units from one window with channels 1 to 8 from the AX24 and 9 to 24 from the AX32.   "I used Schoeps MK2H, MK21 and Neumann KM184 microphones connected to the AX32 to record the orchestra and ambience. Schoeps MK4 and MK4V microphones were connected to the AX24 to record the singers on stage. The AX32 and AX24 were connected via AES/EBU to a Pyramix digital audio workstation.   "The AX32 is a fantastic converter. It is silent in both senses of the term and operation is very easy. I think that this unit is even more transparent than the AX24. I find it more natural and I literally forgot all about it during the recording. The phase adjustments were excellent, particularly with the many microphones scattered around the stage.   "The team of the Opéra de Dijon are very satisfied with the result and congratulate DAD for this remarkable preamp/converter."

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