Have you ever wondered how to record an orchestra but were too afraid to ask? Critically acclaimed recording engineer Charles Lawson spends his days recording the National Symphony Orchestra at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. He tells us how it all comes together, philosophy, and near disasters!

Show Notes

WETA Classical microphones hanging above the orchestra at the John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Maestro Noseda walking off stage, Charles Lawson's microphones hanging above.

Maestro Noseda walks off stage after conducting the National Symphony Orchestra. But look above him and the orchestra to see the work of Charles Lawson and several microphones he has hung from the ceiling. 

Editing tape?

 After listening to the episode, check out this video on how an engineer edits analog tape with a razor blade. The "rock and roll" aspect mentioned in the episode refers to the slow rocking back and forth you do with your hands (as seen in the video thumbnail) to find the exact edit point.