Horus audio converter used for Hucklberry Finn score

Merging Technologies’ Horus Networked Audio Converter has been put to use on numerous recording projects of late, including a 17th century comic opera at the Innsbrucker Festwochen der Alten Musik recorded on Pyramix and the score for the new Huckleberry Finn movie recorded in Cologne on Protools.

The opera, La Stellidaura Vendicante, by Francesco Provenzale is one of only two works that have survived this composer, and Peter Ghirardini from Realsound in Udine was keen to record the performances for later release by Sony Classical. The international cast of singers and the Academia Montis Regalis was directed from the harpsichord by Alessandro De Marchi and the sound feed was also used by the ORF for the radio broadcast and for video documentation of the opera.

This required using 48 kHz sampling rate for the recording, but despite that, Ghirardini described the sound as outstanding. The Horus being capable of DSD/DXD, as well as up to 193 kHz PCM, is said to be a main benefit for Realsound and many clients prefer to record in a higher resolution format.

Realsound has been using Pyramix for many years and have seen the programme develop and elvove. Ghirardini said: “The latest Pyramix software is excellent and very fast. The microphone configuration was quite complex using several wireless microphones, which were fed into Horus from two Merging Sphynx 2 A/D converters via MADI. Here again the standard connectivity from Horus was an absolute bonus and made the session so much easier to set up.”

A former radio station in Cologne was the venue for a different type of session when the new German movie production of Huckleberry Finn needed the right location to record the orchestra of session musicians from the local orchestras in Cologne and Bonn.
Daniel Dettwiler from Idee und Klang in Basel transported all his recording equipment including the Horus and his large collection of vintage microphones to Cologne to record the Niki Reiser score.

Film industry demands dictated the use of Pro Tools as the recorder, which was connected to Horus via MADI. Again, the portability and efficiency of the Horus package was said to be a major benefit and the quality of sound exceeded other converters using standard PCM sampling rates.

Dettwiler stated: “The challenge with any location recording is to reduce the complexity without comprising the sound. We are always looking to minimise the time for setting up and the amount of equipment we have to take with us. Horus is a major step forward for me, having so many channels in different connections in the one unit. Previously I must have used every MADI stagebox available and I always had to bring in at least 16 better quality preamps and converters. Now with Horus, all that gear stays at home. The cherry on the cake is the fantastic quality of the new conversion amps and preamps.”

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