I am based in New York City and will travel if needed. I can do field recording with battery operated portable equipment, or indoors with multi-track digital equipment. I have extensive experience in recording acoustic music (classical, jazz, folk, etc.). Rather than favor any particular technique, I believe in choosing the tools and methods that best fit the particular job. For example: when recording a classical group in a church, a simple stereo microphone pickup might work best; a jazz combo recording in a club might require a multi-microphone setup.
I have extensive experience doing "phone syncs" and other location recording for NPR, Tavis Smiley, the BBC and other clients. Since 2017 I have been recording Randy Cohen's "Person, Place, Thing" on location, for podcast and broadcast. I recorded "The Next Hour", featuring Janet Coleman and David Dozer, for WBAI, live at the Cornelia Street Cafe in Greenwich Village, until the untimely demise of that venue. Plans are to resume recording at a new venue later in 2019.
For an overview of some of the tools I use in my work, see the equipment section. If you have any questions about the requirements of your particular project, call me at 1-917-570-9697 or e-mail me at auldworks2 "at" gmail "dot" com, for a free consultation.
To hear some examples of my recording work, go to the AuldWorks Audio Page.
Playing back old records such as 78's or broadcast transcription disks cannot be done with the same turntables and electronics normally used for playing vinyl Lp disks. A wide range of speed adjustment, various sizes of styli and special equalization curves are all needed for accurate results. (See my article, Disk Transcription, for a detailed overview.)
My current equipment for transcribing all kinds of audio disks:
I also offer LP to CD transfer services. Go to the AuldWorks Transfer Service page for details.
Pro Tools and Reaper audio DAW's are available for mixing and editing, along with other software for editing and processing of various kinds. Izotope RX, the Waves Restoration Suite and Sony Noise Reduction are available for audio restoration chores. The Har-Bal equalizer can meet virtually any EQ need.
Red Book compliant CDRs can be burned with CD Architect 5.2 or with Reaper. Reaper can also do DDP files for mass CD replication. CD-ROMs and DVD-ROMs with WAV, FLAC, or the file format of your choice can be provided in any resolution up to 192 kHz/32 bit. Digital audio files can be sent over the internet using WeTransfer Pro, Dropbox, etc.
My main monitors are the Blue Sky System One, a powered 2.1 system that is THX approved for use in post production suites. (Skywalker Sound uses the same monitoring system in their post production rooms.)
I will do short runs of CDRs. If you need large numbers of copies (50-100 or more) you are best off going to a duplication house that makes CDRs or commercial-standard CDs. I know of several such places and can prepare digital files or CDRs that meet their specifications. If you wish, I can oversee all the details of dealing with such a duplicator.
Field Recording: Sound Devices MixPre 10T (multi-track digital recorder, can record up to 10 iso tracks plus a 2-mix, simultaneously--resolution up to 96 kHz, 24 bit), Zoom H6, Zoom H5, Zoom H4n, Tascam DA-P2. Shure FP-33 field mixer.
The Radio Foundation: Chief Engineer for NYC-based spoken voice/ISDN studio, owned by veteran public radio producer Larry Josephson. Live and recorded ISDN sessions for National Public Radio and affiliates, the BBC and other clients all over the world. Pro Tools recording and editing, tape transfer and audio restoration. Location recording for Larry Josephson's syndicated series, "What Is A Jew?". Recording sessions for Bill McGlaughlin's "Exploring Music" series for the WFMT music network. Voice-over recordings of Phil Schaap for Jazz at Lincoln Center radio broadcasts. Recording sessions for Alec Baldwin's WNYC podcast "Here's The Thing". Recording sessions for Randy Cohen's "Person, Place, Thing" (broadcast and podcast).
Riverside Symphony: Recording engineer for the Symphony's Composer Reading Series at Fordham University, Lincoln Center. Editing and mastering for CD of archival recordings of the Symphony's Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center concerts.
Beantown Swing Orchestra: Recording and mixing engineer for three CDs (plus mastering engineer for the third one, Stevens Swinging Session), 2011-2013.
Audio restoration: Transfer to CD of the archives of the Nikolais/Louis Foundation for Dance--over 200 open reel tapes dating to the early 1950's, some requiring extensive restoration. Transfer to CD of tapes of the dance scores of Harvey Schmidt for the Agnes DeMille collection of the New York Public Library at Lincoln Center. Digital transfer of open reel tapes for the estate of Arturo Toscanini.
Theater-Sound Design: Broadway--Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf by Edward Albee, starring Uta Hagen, Jonathan Pryce, Mia Farrow, Matthew Broderick; directed by William Carden; Majestic Theatre, Broadway, NYC, Nov. 1999; Los Angeles (substitute Peter Gallagher for Broderick), April, 2000. Off-Broadway--Mrs. Klein by Nicholas Wright, starring Uta Hagen, directed by William Carden, Lucille Lortel Theatre; Collected Stories by Donald Margulies, starring Uta Hagen, directed by William Carden, Lucille Lortel Theatre.
Independent Film: production sound mixer for I Love You, I'm Sorry, and I'll Never Do It Again by award winning writer and director Keith Snyder. (February, 2006)
Recording Magazine: Featured contributor since 1999. Articles about binaural sound, stereo microphones, headphone monitoring, radio signal processing, recording equipment tests and audio software evaluations.
Professional Associations: Member, Historical Committee of the Audio Engineering Society. Engineer for direct-to-disc and live-to-2-track digital recording sessions at the 2001 and 2003 AES conventions. Chairman, New York chapter of the AES, 2009-2010. (Chairman emeritus, 2010-2011.) Historical presenter at the 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2013 AES conventions in New York City.
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