The Corbett Studio recently facilitated the sound recordings of the 2006 Cincinnati Opera Summer Festival through its first-time use of the new DigiPHY8mic DI system introduced by VTG, the parent company of Horizon Music and Rapco International. In order to preserve the sound integrity for future radio broadcasts, The Corbett Studio reviewed a number of options before deciding on DigiPHY as the ideal system for recording this year’s series, comprised of operas “Tosca,” “L'Étoile,” “A Masked Ball” and “The Tales of Hoffmann.”
EtherSound-based, the DigiPHY model is an 8-channel design in 1RU full metal jacket (i.e. no plastic to discolor or crack), all connections in the rear, faceplate with LED status and channel indicators and no fans or other moving parts. Available on each input is 48V phantom power, programmable input gain ranges from 0 to 66dB in 0.5dB steps, maximum input levels to +10dBu/2k and 80Hz low-cut and 12kHz high-cut filters.
According to Alex Kosiorek, audio recording and mastering engineer for The Corbett Studio in Cincinnati, DigiPHY input modules are a particularly apt choice for high-quality acoustic recording. Using two input modules, he was able to connect 16 channels of 24-bit audio directly to the Yamaha DM1000 console (via an AVY16-ES EtherSound Card) through a single CAT 5 cable. Kosiorek feels that the VTG DigiPHY helped achieve optimum sound while saving time and money because of the system’s simplicity and compatibility.