I just came across a webpage for a company that is involved
in the soundstage design for the future Vienna Symphonic Library.
There are also pictures of what appears to be the custom soundstage
mentioned before as being developed for the sampling of this library.
This is from what I get from the German text, and I don\'t know much German.
This soundstage reminds me of the Sydney Opera House (meaning strange geometry
that purports to enhance the acoustics). Kind of cool actually!
It would be nice if some of our German/Swiss/Austrian friends could
translate the information exposed in this page. Automated translators suck!
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\"In Ebreichsdorf, south of Vienna, a sound studio of excellence was establihed. In the recording studio (hall) created for the VIENNA SUMPHONIC LIBRARY, the common limits to existing sound studios will be surpassed in regards of architecture and physics.
Quote: \"The EYE brings man into the world, the EAR brings the world into mankind\".
\"According to above quote, the project VIENNA SYMPHONIC LIBRARY SILENT STAGE is considered to be a revolutionary realization of a method which includes technological as well as artistic aspects.
The use of microphone technology is common practice for orchestra recordings but has inevitable disadvantages which can not be eliminated during traditional recordings.
Those imperfections are not that pronouced while recording whole orchestras but they are very
prominent when sampling a single instrument since total different phisical factors will prevail in this case.
To capture the sound of a whole orchestra, it is necessary to catch all single instruments with
with a special recording technique. This implies such a high amplification of the analog signal (60-70 dB), that ambient noise (traffic noise, basic noise level etc) are usually not a noticable factor, but in this case they are virulent.
The establishment of an own studio complex ( 2 rooms directing rooms and 1 recording room)
offer the best solution for the new technology and are also an adequate strategy for a financial profitable solution.
The company team is responsible for the concept and design of the new studio complex in Vienna and the VIENNA SYMPHONIC LIBRARY. The first recording was February 2nd, 2002.
The exhiliarated room without limits.
The drywall contractor Johann Loeffler from Purgstall had 4.5 weeks to realize the extarardinary project.\"
End of translation.
The text now goes on and on into explaing about details of how the studio is constructed. This is a short summary of the major points:
-Mineral wool integrated in dry walls to improve acoustic characteristics.
-Ceilings are special wood construction
-Recording Studio is built with acoustic optimum performance. No unwanted reflections and
no disturbing noise.
The pictures on the web site show the design of the recording studio. The main concern are good acoustics, desirable resonance, no unneded refelctions and no disturbing noise.