The London National Theatre has recently acquired an Earthworks PM40 Pianomic.
National Theatre sound manager and associate sound designer for the musical The Light Princess Ed Furguson, decided to purchase the PM40 following a string of extensive tests.
The musical was written by singer-songwriter Tori Amos and playwright Samuel Adamson and is centred on a grand piano. Amos’ personal grand piano was used for the production.
Earthworks’ PM40 features an extendible pole, which rests inside the grand piano and has miniature omni capsules optimised for grand piano.
In other Unity Audio news, Engineer/Producer Geoff Foster (pictured) used the company’s Rock MK II active monitors for the first Dolby Atmos music mix of the Paramount Pictures feature film about the biblical character, Noah.
The cast of Noah includes Russell Crowe, Ray Winstone and Anthony Hopkins and was directed by Darren Aronofsky with music composed by Clint Mansell.
The mix was done at the Manhattan Music Centre's Log Cabin studio. The 60-piece triple tracked orchestra mix was fed to the Moniros from a Pro Tools quad mix bus in addition to a typical 5.1 mix bus.
Foster explains: “With so many sound sources for the final mix, the Rock’s clarity, coupled with their accuracy at all volumes made placing elements accurately within the sound field much easier than I had anticipated.”