OIART @ The Aeolian Hall – Production Class

Aeolian Hall is a historic music venue in  London. The hall is well known for it’s outstanding acoustics. Over the years the hall has been sought out for numerous classical and orchestral performances and recordings. The hall is host to a wide range of performers, and is home to the London Youth Symphony and London Community Orchestra.

OIART regularly uses the hall to demonstrate live sound and remote recording applications. As part of the Production course, a class was recently held at the hall showcasing recording piano and cello. Guest musician Brad Scott began the class with a discussion on Piano recording from the artists perspective. As an accomplished musician, Brad was able to demonstrate numerous musical styles on the piano while discussing the different sonic nuances unique to each style.

Aeolian - Brad Scott


OIART’s Dean Nelson then demonstrated various microphone techniques for piano recording and how to capture the hall’s natural acoustics. OIART’s live sound instructor Christoph Babin, also house engineer at Aeolian Hall, shared with the students various tips and techniques for micing a piano during live applications.

After the piano micing discussion and demonstration, Guest cellist Lac-Hong Phi talked to the class about recording cello. Lac-Hong demonstrated various styles and playing techniques while including tips on how to make artists comfortable during recording sessions. As a seasoned musician with a lot of live and studio experience, Lac-Hong was able to demonstrate the perspectives of mic technique for both the recording studio and concert performances.

Aeolian - Lac-Hong Phi


As a conclusion to the class, Brad and Lac-Hong played a duet while Dean Nelson discussed and demonstrated various microphone techniques to capture both musicians while minimizing leakage between mics.

Aeolian - Dean, Brad, Lac-Hong

This advanced recording class focused on capturing live performances while preserving the acoustics of the environment.  The material recorded was then analyzed and critiqued during the next weeks Production class and was made available for students to experiment with during labs.

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