That's a matter of opinion, whether you prefer subway rumble with your recordings. ;)
I wouldn't call Kingsway "better," but there were very good recordings made there, particularly by
Decca during their fewer-microphones days.
-- Tom Fine
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From: "Don Cox" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Friday, March 21, 2014 7:26 AM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Old Mercury recording venue gets a rebuild
> On 19/03/2014, Tom Fine wrote:
>> I can't over-emphasize how much the Mercury crew liked Cass. The word
>> I always got when people were remembering back was that Cass was equal
>> to the Eastman Theater in Rochester -- a place where they could walk
>> in and listen for a few minutes and know exactly where to put the
>> mics, and be assured of a good recording. Watford, near London, was
>> like that, but with the orchestra out on the floor so there was
>> uniform reverberation all around it. In Rochester and Cass, they could
>> set the orchestra up almost like in performance and then rope up the
>> mics and go.
> Kingsway Hall was even better than Watford. Many of the best UK
> orchestral recordings were made there.
> I have heard good recordings made in the Snape Maltings but it is so out
> of the way that it is seldom used.
> Don Cox
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