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 live sound tech

SonoCrafters utilizes pro grade equipment throughout its live sound setups. This page describes the key components.

Mixing

For large ensembles, we utilize the Behringer X32 system that has quickly become the an industry standard among live sound production companies. This all-digital system includes 32-channel digital snakes, extensive mixing effects, recall-able scene management, and very flexible monitoring capabilities.  For smaller ensembles, we use the Behringer X-Air XR18, which takes a very small space on the stage and requires no separate mixing console and table, yet still provides a rich set of digital mixing and recording capabilities for up to 16 channels.

For acoustically difficult spaces, we employ the DBX DriveRack system that precisely equalizes the sound system to match the acoustics of the room.

For smaller ensembles, we have a variety of simpler systems that enable quick set-up and a high quality sound

Amplification

We prefer QSC powered loudspeakers for front of house. These speakers provide exceptional quality and sound volume in a small package.

For occasions that require a strong bottom, such as rock, hiphop, funk or rap, we utilize sub-woofers in various sizes from Samson and Electrovoice.

We can support most in-ear monitoring systems, and we can also provide compact floor monitors from Mackie and Samson.

Microphones

We have an extensive microphone selection, given that SonoCrafters has a major focus on recording. We primarily use microphones from Shure, Sennheiser, Rode, MXL, and Audix.

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recording tech

SonoCrafters utilizes pro grade equipment throughout its recording setups. This page describes the key components

Large-ensemble Capture

For large ensembles, we utilize the Behringer X32 system that has quickly become the an industry standard among live sound production companies. This all-digital system includes 32-high-quality MIDAS preamps that have a very low noise floor and are quite transparent acoustically. In our experience, this technology provides near-studio quality that is more than adequate for live recording.  For projects that require 16 or fewer recording tracks, we often use the Behringer X-Air XR32, which is a much more compact setup that provides all of the quality and capability of the X32 without requiring a separate mixing console on-site. This allows for a more unobtrusive operation, ideal for formal affairs such as weddings or other formal occasions.

We do all digital capture to a custom-built notebook computer using Waves TracksLive software. This is an extremely robust capture system. By design, our workflow eliminates complex DAW technology in the live capture environment in order to achieve the most reliable process possible.

Smaller Recording Projects

SonoCrafters is happy to undertake smaller live recording projects, and field recording projects that are not part of a live performance. For these settings we typically use a very portable all-digital system such as the 8-channel Zoom R24 or the 6-channel Zoom H6 Handy Recorder.

Microphones

We have an extensive microphone selection. We primarily use microphones from Shure, Sennheiser, Rode, MXL, and Audix.

Single-Camera Productions

SonoCrafters can produce professional-quality videos at a low cost by taking advantage of the latest recording technology. Below is a video produced for the Rhythm-8 Band. This was achieved with a single camera, making extensive use of post-editing. Please notice that the sound quality is much higher than can be achieved with any camera-mounted microphone at any price. For productions that depend highly on the sound track, we do a separate high-quality audio recording with extensive mixing and mastering, then synchronize that audio production with the video.


Multiple-Camera Productions

Here is a video produced for the Philharmonic Orchestra of Indianapolis.  This employed two cameras. Both cameras were fixed and located unobtrusively. The side camera was added in order to capture the spirit of the event with the live audience and to give the viewer a look into the performance from the musicians' point of view. As these were both HD recordings, it is possible to use digital pan and zoom during post production to enable the feeling of a professional camera crew.

The audio was captured with a Shure VP88 microphone operating in mid-side mode to produce realistic stereo separation while capturing some of the ambiance of the event.

There is some loss of video quality when using pan and zoom. This production technique is best suited when producing for smaller format devices and social media. This results in very acceptable video and audio quality on Youtube, for example.Because it is not necessary to hire operators for each camera, the costs are minimized, giving a great value to the client.