This is the first time I’ve used a Soundfield microphone so it was all a bit of a learning curve. I should have taken a picture of all the gear but the most basics of it are a an F4 Zoom multichannel recorder, some cables and a Soundfield microphone.
‘The Soundfield microphone is an audio microphone composed of four closely spaced subcardioid or cardioid (unidirectional) microphone capsules arranged in a tetrahedron. It was invented by Michael Gerzon and Peter Craven, and is a part of, but not exclusive to, Ambisonics, a surround sound technology.’ (wikipedia)
For some reason I was really surprised that it was just a pick up, plug in and go sort of process. For me the idea of Ambisonics is so big that for it come down to such a simple recording process it felt a bit odd.
The F4 Zoom records and processes what the microphone is picking up in an Ambix format (that I’ve set it to). This means that I should be able to open up the sound files in to Ableton/logic in TC202 and wouldn’t need to do an encoding as that will already be done for me. I will write about a post about encoding as I’m still learning all about it. I’m really looking forward to hear what I have recorded in the space. I made a few recordings and want to have a go at layering them over each other in the spaces in the room.
This is my map of recordings with a (terrible) sketch of the space.
At the moment I am doing a lot of experimenting and learning loads of new skills. I am looking to move my project for this semester into Roath Park Conservatory. This is because it is such a a beautiful and hidden place that is in Cardiff. I’d like to ask if I could come in after hours (they open 10:30am-3pm weekdays) to see if I could get some recordings without people come and in out. I would love to do some singing in the space or even a mini performance and see if that would be possible.