UK-based microphone manufacturer SoundField has supplied Deep Blue Sound audio and music technology college with their SPS200 Surround Zone plug-in.
Deep Blue Sound underwent an extensive refit last summer, installing new Pro Tools recording workstations and upgrading studio equipment.
As part of the upgrade and overhaul, a new advanced microphone technique module was added. Covering techniques for location and orchestral recording in surround sound, the DBS staff needed a microphone capable of capturing and delivering surround.
Matt Bernard, DBS studio and technical manager explains, “We began by borrowing an older SoundField ST250 to try it out, some time before we carried out our Pro Tools upgrades. We were very pleased with what it seemed capable of doing, so we progressed to buying the new SPS200 Software Controlled microphone from music technology dealers KMR.”
“It was the right price point for us, and it proved very popular with the students in the autumn for location and orchestral recording. We bought another surround mic at the same time as the SPS200, but they seem to like the flexibility of the SoundField. That’s the mic that they all want to use.”
“After we got our new Pro Tools HD rigs in the summer, we realized we didn’t have enough instances of the SPS200 Surround Zone plug-in for all of our systems,” continues Bernard. “Although we only have one SPS200, once our students had made their four-channel recordings, they could work on them later while someone else was using the microphone, as long as the software wasn’t already being used. What we really wanted were enough copies of the SPS200 Surround Zone to run one on each of our five Pro Tools HD rigs. And SoundField was kind enough to provide these.”
“We were happy to help Deep Blue Sound with extra copies of the SPS200 Surround Zone,” explains Ken Giles, managing director of SoundField. “The SPS200 has been very successful in the educational market, and as a result of our experiences with Deep Blue Sound and other academic establishments, we now provide further copies of the plug-in free of charge, in order that the plug-ins can be used in a multi-workstation environment.”