Like virtually no other live event, a jazz concert has a power to captivate its audience. With full bass sounds and the characteristic saxophone solos, jazz lovers care for every nuance and seek to immerse themselves in the sound of the bands. Until now, this authentic experience has been reserved for concertgoers only and while there are live albums and concert recordings, conventional recording possibilities have never been able to truly reproduce the magic of such an evening. This is what Sennheiser and Moods want to change with their collaboration as moods.digital is the world’s first streaming platform to offer concerts in AMBEO 3D audio. With this immersive format, the magic and special charm of a jazz concert can unfold in the living rooms of the subscribers.
“When recording jazz music, audio quality is a make or break factor for the listener’s audio experience,” said Claudio Cappellari, co-director of Moods. “Letting our online guests experience a concert live as if they had a seat on the stage itself, this is only made possible thanks to AMBEO 3D audio technology.” “The importance of live streaming is growing continuously, more and more people are experiencing live events at home. With binaural AMBEO 3D recordings such a concert experience is incredibly real,” explained Daniel Sennheiser. Dr. Andreas Sennheiser added, ”With AMBEO, jazz enthusiasts all over the world can enjoy the sound of Mood’s high-calibre concerts as if they were in the club.”
To enable audio recording at the highest level, Moods uses Sennheiser’s “AMBEO for Binaural” solution. A Neumann KU 100 dummy head records the concert in the same way as a listener would experience it. The dummy head is fitted with two high-quality microphones in its ‘ears’, which capture the sound image in 3D. This binaural recording carries the complete spatial and ambient information, which is then reproduced unadulterated when listening via standard stereo headphones. The listener will enjoy a completely natural, transparent and spatial sound.
The on-stage microphones for the mastered stereo mix are used as spot microphones for the individual instruments in the AMBEO mix. Their signals are mixed with the dummy head recording, and positioned in a spatially correct manner with the help of AMBEO plug-ins.
Subscribers to moods.digital can experience a new dimension of audio streaming from today, and thanks to a trial listening offer, all jazz fans can listen in and enjoy a sample of world class music in incredible 3D audio.