This Sunday afternoon I caught up if with Gary and his crew, audio engineer Jeff Brian, Jesse & D.D. too, at The Village Vanguard in NYC as they set up all their fancy high end audio equipment to record impulse responses of the historic club's interior.
A rare opportunity to capture the essence of this esteemed performance space which was founded many years before most of us were born, I watched as they quickly set up microphones at several sweet spots in the audience. Over the course of the sampling session, a very expensive self powered monitor was placed at several performance positions on the stage, to flood the club with measurement tones, which will later be analyzed to recreate the acoustic model of the place.
It took a little patience, as this is a living breathing space. Impulse sampling requires silence in the area you are working in. You want no sound except the the test tones which the process requires. Great care was made not to do the sampling while the natural sounds of a night club staff, preparing for an evening of activities, attempted to interfere with the process. The proprietor answering the phone, the bar back filling the ice boxes in the bar, the subway gently rumbling by somewhere underground, all had to be accounted for.
I felt honored to witness the Garritan Team in action, bringing the acoustic spaces of the world's great performance establishments to us. When I buy this future product, this 'patch' will have a special meaning for me.