On 2014-03-21 11:51 AM, Tom Fine wrote:
> Hi Mike:
> Do you know if they ever tried hanging the mics from ropes in Kingsway?
> Ropes were Mercury's tried and true method to keep floor rumble out of
> the mics.

Hi, Tom,

Subways are a real pain. I did most of my New York City recording at St. 
Thomas Church 5th Avenue and 53rd Street. It made my commute real easy 
as I lived two blocks from the Kew Gardens station on the (then) E and F 
train which also stopped at Fifth Avenue on 53rd Street. The subway 
access was through 666 Fifth Avenue and the Donnell Library was on the 
south side.

Anyway, we hung mics on small diameter cable and mono-filament fishing 
line. 100 feet of cable straight down (give or take a few feet).

The problem was, you could hear the upper level trains especially in the 
church. The sound was just there. Not horribly loud, but there and 

We never tried to filter it because it would have killed the pedal of 
the organ and it appeared broadband, though I have not analyzed it since 
I've bought iZotope RX3 Advanced which is a whole step up in cleaning.

For produced recordings for LP (and after I left for Toronto, CD) 
release, the sessions would scrap takes with subway. It was most 
frustrating to have a good take ruined by a subway train.

In fact, some of the recordings that were a capella were made first at 
the Church of St. Paul the Apostle on Columbus Avenue and W60th Street 
and then later the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, 145 W 46th Street 
between 6th and 7th.

Interestingly, I heard some recordings recently made by someone else 
from St. Paul the Apostle and there was a certain room tone to them that 
matched my St. Thomas Choir recordings. It wasn't necessarily completely 
pleasant, either.

We recorded at St. Thomas whenever we used the organ, however.




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