SANKEN MICS AT
UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME
Five/Four Productions Captures Performance
At The University of Notre Dame with Sanken Mics
Sanken CUX-100K microphones were used in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart
Sanken CO-100K microphones in the Nave
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Notre Dame, IN, March 2023– Engineer/Producer Robert Friedrich recently helmed sessions recording The Notre Dame Magnificat Choir, led by Chorus Director Dr. Patrick Kronner, at The University of Notre Dame using the advanced high-resolution technology of Sanken’s revolutionary CUX-100K and CO-100K microphones. Friedrich is president and co-founder of Five/Four Productions and part of the team of Grammy-winning producers and engineers that have made the company one of the most respected in the recording industry.
“We captured the full dynamics and depth of the choir, organ and percussion with Sanken’s hi-resolution 100K microphones in The
Basilica of the Sacred Heart, which is beautiful and sounds phenomenal,” says Friedrich. “The natural extended decay of the Basilica is simply breathtaking.”
The CUX-100K and the CO-100K are both supersonic wide-range professional music mics perfect for high-resolution high sample rate recordings. The CO-100K is an omni mic whereas the CUX-100K has the ability to change modes with three settings: Cardioid (Far), Cardioid (Near) and Omni modes.
The University of Notre Dame du Lac, known simply as Notre Dame, is a private Catholic research university in Notre Dame, Indiana, north of the city of South Bend. Notre Dame has been recognized as one of the top universities in the United States.
“Our CUX-100K’s were used for the large choir and on the percussion to capture the immensity of the space. The results are very detailed and smooth. For this performance we used them in the near cardioid setting. The CO-100K’s were also used as the main organ mics, positioned in the center of the large, vaulted Nave.”
The Basilica of the Sacred Heart is an historic church on the campus of the University. The neo-gothic edifice has 44 large stained glass windows and murals completed over a 17-year period by the Vatican painter Luigi Gregori. The basilica bell tower is 230 feet high, making it the tallest university chapel in America, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
“The Sanken CO-100K’s were super-accurate in translating what was actually happening in this immense space. The Sanken mic’s accurately captured all the overtones and complex harmonics of the singers and the massive organ.”
Five/Four Productions was founded by Michael Bishop, Robert Friedrich, and Thomas Moore in 2009. With decades of record industry experience and a cadre of top high-res recording tools, the Five/Four team quickly became known for the quality and precision of their work. For over 20 years, Friedrich, a life-long musician with extensive musical training, has worked with some of the most talented and innovative artists in classical, jazz and a variety of other musical genres. His work has been recognized industry-wide with three Grammy® Awards and numerous nominations.