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Holophone® and FogoLabs recreate Cowboy Junkies Trinity album and HD DVD

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TORONTO, ONTARIO, DECEMBER 13, 2006 - Faced with the daunting task of re-creating the Cowboy Junkies' legendary performance at Toronto's Church of the Holy Trinity for an upcoming HD concert DVD, leading production and post-production facility FogoLabs selected Holophone's ® H2-PRO to capture audio.

Originally recorded in 1987, the Cowboy Junkies "Trinity Session" is considered a landmark recording in that the greater part of the album was recorded in one day with one microphone. The new project, scheduled for release in spring 2007, features the Cowboy Junkies with guest performances by Natalie Merchant, Ryan Adams and Vic Chestnut and was filmed in HDCAM SR and recorded at 24-bit/96k. Wanting to match audio with the high quality video, while also staying true to the original recording, FogoLabs turned to Holophone's groundbreaking surround sound microphone technology.

"To be faithful to fans of the album, I wanted to use one mic as the basis to record the band, as was done back in the day. We are in the surround generation now and the choice of surround microphone was easy," Francois Lamoureux FogoLabs producer/engineer explains. "I selected Holophone's H2-PRO because you are able to realistically capture 7.1 channels of audio with minimal setup."

Instead of being placed in the center, as was done in the original recording, FogoLabs placed the surround mic a little off to the side near the drum section. Additional Shure mics, mostly from the KSM series, were placed close to each instrument to supplement the sound picked up by the H2-PRO.

One of the major obstacles in recording in the church, then and now, was selecting a location where the reverb did not interfere with the recording. The FogoLabs crew moved the entire setup to a slightly different spot than was used in the original recording, resulting in a reverb that was more flattering. The multiple mic capsules (Left, Right, Center, Low Frequency, Left Surround, Right Surround, Top, and Center Rear) and elliptical shape of the H2-PRO were able to capture the full sound the space provided.

"The sound reproduced by the H2-PRO was awesome," Lamoureux continues. "It picks up the sound the same way your head hears it, resulting in an authentic sound. When we started to mix the audio, the DPA microphone elements that make up the H2-PRO were an asset, because the sound produced is complimentary to the KSMs."

About Holophone

Holophone is committed to developing and commercializing products that use patented 3-D audio technology to bring the physical experience of "really being there" to a new level for all audio and visual productions by professionals and hobbyists. Holophone provides customers and business partners with industry-leading product and service quality. Holophone is firmly dedicated to providing outstanding value, excellence in service, and product performance.

Holophone™ surround-sound microphones are patented audio recording devices designed specifically to address the challenges audio professionals face in capturing, recording and broadcasting multichannel surround sound. Developed by Rising Sun Productions in Toronto, Canada, Holophone systems effortlessly capture discrete signals that are ultra-realistic and provide the most accurate spatiality, audio imaging, and directionality of any recording device. Entirely compatible with all audio mixing, encoding, and playback systems, Holophone also enhances mono and stereo mixes. Holophone systems provide the perfect front end for all professional and consumer audio applications including HDTV broadcasting, standard broadcasting of live sporting and music events, feature film location recording, and studio recording for music, films, and worship applications. Holophone surround sound technology has been used for numerous national and international broadcasts, including the Grammy Awards and NFL Super Bowl. As a scalable system, Holophone technology is also available for license to the consumer electronics industry.

For more information, please contact:

Jonathan Godfrey
Tel: 416-362-7790
Fax: 416-362-7780
Email: jg@holophone.com