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Merging Technologies Helps Capture World’s Highest Resolution Recording

Cleveland-based Five/Four Productions captures world's highest resolution audio recording using 11.2 MHz Direct Stream Digital technology.

By PSW Staff May 17, 2013

Boston Baroque in-session recording Joseph Haydn's masterpiece Missa in Angustiis (Nelson Mass) (Photo credit: Julian Bullitt)

Cleveland-based Five/Four Productions, Ltd. announced that it has successfully captured the world’s highest resolution audio recording.

Five/Four Recording Producer Thomas Moore, Recording Engineer Robert Friedrich, and Assistant Engineer Ian Dobie travelled to Worcester, Massachusetts to record Joseph Haydn’s masterpiece Missa in Angustiis (Nelson Mass) Hob XXII:11, and Symphony No. 102 in B flat major Hob. I/102, with Martin Pearlman and Boston Baroque in the world-renowned acoustic of Mechanics Hall.

The recording is tentatively planned for release in October, 2013 on the Linn Records label.

Five/Four Productions partnered with Merging Technologies, manufacturers of the Pyramix Digital Audio Workstation, to capture this recording.

Merging Technologies developed the technology to capture ultra-high resolution 11.2 MHz 1-bit Direct Stream Digital technology.

Product Specialist Dennis Gaines of Independent Audio from Portland, Maine represented Merging Technologies at the recording sessions and provided technical support with the new recording system.

Five/Four Productions views this recording as a quantum leap in high resolution recording technology that promises to deliver to the consumer the most realistic sound reproduction to date.

11.2 MHz Direct Stream Digital technology is a digital platform that utilizes a 1-bit ultra-high sampling frequency that results in a recording that is 256 times the temporal resolution of CD.

The transmission of many ultra high resolution audio channels is only possible using RAVENNA Audio over IP networking technology employed by Horus and Pyramix.

Multiple audio streams plus control information is connected with a single Cat5e/6 cable and uses standard network components.

“Five/Four always strives to capture sound in the most natural and realistic manner that reproduces pure and true,” comments Moore.“To be able to merge the sounds of period instruments and singers with this very modern technology is the perfect way for us to deliver the most realistic audio experience, just as if you were standing with the performers among you.”

Friedrich adds, “Recording to Direct Stream Digital has always been a must for us to deliver the most revealing and accurate sound. Taking DSD from 2.8 MHz to 11.2 MHz doesn’t just step it up to the next level, it catapults it!”

“I am excited that Boston Baroque could be part of this landmark recording,” remarked Pearlman. “Capturing the detailed nuances and transparency of our period instruments has always been important to us, and now it is possible on a higher level than ever before.”

This recording marks Five/Four’s dedication to promoting leading edge recording technology to deliver only the highest resolution recordings to their clients.

Merging Technologies
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