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String Fever at SAU, and DPA Microphones Capture It All

For the 'Violin Celebration' at Abravanel Hall, home of the Utah Symphony, a variety of DPA microphones were deployed throughout the venue or mounted on instruments. (Image credit: Shannon Weight)

Tonmeister and University of Saint Francis (opens in new tab) music technology director Miles Fulwider (opens in new tab)was recently tasked with recording a series of performances of more than 500 student violinists at the Suzuki Association of Utah (SAU) (opens in new tab). The event, dubbed "Violin Celebration," was held at Abravanel Hall (opens in new tab), home of the Utah Symphony (opens in new tab), and featured guest artist Rob Landes.

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The concert was edited into 19 videos that were streamed weekly as an immersive audio experience to Landes' 3.62 million YouTube subscribers, as well as those on the SAU page. To ensure the ultimate sound quality, Fulwider chose DPA microphones. With such a large potential audience and the caliber of the performance to consider, Fulwider deployed a variety of DPA microphones, including the 4006 (opens in new tab)omnidirectional, 4099 CORE i (opens in new tab)nstrument, 5100 (opens in new tab) surround, 4011 (opens in new tab)cardioid, 4041 (opens in new tab) omnidirectional large diaphragm, 4015 (opens in new tab) wide cardioid, 4098 (opens in new tab) gooseneck and 2011 (opens in new tab) cardioid twin diaphragm microphones, which were installed throughout the venue or mounted on the instruments.

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The essence of Dr. Shinichi Suzuki's approach to learning a musical instrument is derived from the way a child learns language, which he called "Mother Tongue." From recordings the child becomes familiar with the Suzuki and other repertoire so that when lessons begin about age three his mind already knows the musical language he will slowly begin to play on an instrument and even later learn to read. As with spoken language mothers play an important role in the teaching process and so are given instruction on the instrument and also taught how to be patient and encouraging. New skills and concepts are taught in small steps a child can consciously master, and lessons last only as long as the child's attention span.

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