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Michael Erdmann’s Private Studio Equipped With Audient

Exclusive Sound Suite production studio for equestrian dressage freestyle music outfitted with ASP800 8-channel mic preamp.

By PSW Staff November 5, 2018

Exclusive Sound Studio with its ASP800

Audient’s ASP800 8-channel mic preamp has recently been added to Michael Erdmann’s private studio, Exclusive Sound Suite, a production studio for equestrian dressage freestyle music. Today, many of the world’s best dressage riders rely on productions and compositions by Michael Erdmann. Since 1995, he and sound engineer Manni Struck have collaborated on freestyle music, which can be anything from pop to classical music.

“We arrange the music in a similar way to scoring a film,” explains Michael. “I receive a video of the ride or choreography. Then we create the pre-arrangement and if necessary, the orchestral arrangement. The recordings can be up to 140 tracks and are mixed in the Exclusive Sound Suite by Manni and myself.”

With their first foray into equine music helping Isabell Werth and her horse Gigolo win a gold medal at the Atlanta Olympic Games back in 1996, Erdmann has every intention that Exclusive Sound Suite music will strike gold again at the forthcoming Olympics in Tokyo 2020 – this time with Audient’s help.

After a test run last month, Erdmann immediately decided to keep the ASP800. As a percussionist he naturally gravitates towards the drums: ““We achieved excellent results in just a few steps with the standard setup: Kick in (Audix D6), Snare top (Shure SM57), Rack (EV PL35), Floor (EV PL35), Overhead (2 x Ribbon), Kick out (RODE NTK) Room mono (Aston Spirit).” He adds, “I am a fan of devices that are easy to handle and sound right. This is absolutely the case with the ASP800.”

As well as producing ‘other’ music – including dance productions and film music for German crime series Tatort – Michael intends to carry on with the dressage freestyle music. “We hope to continue to set the trends there.” he says. “That, and the further technical expansion of the studio, of course which is a ‘project’ in itself.”

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