‘The Lord of the Rings'
On orchestral sessions Neumann M50s are often configured using the Decca Tree technique, suspending three omnidirectional microphones above the orchestra in an equilateral triangle.
It was this configuration that was used to record the GRAMMY and Oscar-winning score for ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy.
In 2001, the London Philharmonic Orchestra performed Howard Shore’s score for Peter Jackson’s ‘The Fellowship of the Ring’, ‘The Two Towers’ and ‘The Return of the King’ in a series of gruelling sessions that lasted 200 straight days in Studio One. The end result has since gone on to become one of the most iconic film scores ever.
This omni condenser is currently used for virtually every orchestral session at Abbey Road, from strings for Little Simz’s ‘Sometimes I Might Be Introvert’ to the scores for the ‘Call of Duty’ and ‘Halo’ video games.
*Both the M50 and M49 were released in 1952 and look nearly identical. The easiest way to distinguish between them is the red jewel on the front of the Neumann M49, as opposed to the clear jewel of the Neumann M50