Northstar recording Services (HQ|NORTHSTAR by Bert van der Wolf) has a recording philosophy which aims to communicate music recording and playback in the highest possible quality and therefore honoring the sound of reality. We call this philosophy “The Spirit of Turtle” and we collaborate with artists that share this vision.
The Spirit of Turtle is about music and how we can communicate this music optimally from performer to listener. A quest for transparency with an unconditional dedication and effort that is shared and invested by all involved, to reach our goals. A gateway between performer and listener that in the best case adds nothing, and takes away nothing from a real life performance.
By using tools and equipment that are invented, designed and produced by people and companies who share our vision, we have been able to capture the magical essence of music in a unique quality over the years. As if catching time itself, one nanosecond following the other, music through electrical signals harboring all the microscopic details and harmonic splendor of acoustic music being played by talented musicians.
Crystal Cable has been a very important part in this chain of dedicated equipment for many years. By offering us acces to their unique mono-crystal cable technology, we have been able to transport the magic from the moment where the performance took place, to the universe where time is frozen into the digital bits on a recording medium. With Crystal cables we have found a partnership that honors “The Spirit of Turtle”, our vision on how recorded music should communicate and how the emotional content of this music must be transported through time and space.
The Spirit of Turtle
MA Recordings has been using Crystal Cable since some Dutch Audio Critic friends told me about it in 2004. I had been using some rather well known copper based cables, that at times had resistance issues, as well as shielding problems which proved rather problematic, not only in NYC where I sometimes recorded Jazz projects, but also in the Spanish countryside where I picked up German and Arabic radio broadcasts. When I heard about Crystal Cable I immediately wanted to try out their high purity silver as I thought it would have less resistance and therefore be quieter as well. Upon first listen, I was blown away by the elegant and vivid presentation. It was really quiet too! I have been using Crystal Cable ULTRA ever since. I travel with 1.5 m and 3 meter pairs and utilize them according to need. I usually put the recorder under my line level mikes so I can use the shortest cable length possible. This helps maintain the vivid and stellar presentation that I have come to expect from Crystal Cable.
Todd Garfinkle, MA Recordings
For quite some time now, STS Digital has been using Crystal Cable. As a recording studio, who’s recordings are digital, the analogue character of Crystal cables make them sound anything but digital. We first came across a Nagra recorder and Shoeps microphones which provided the sound we were looking for. Crystal Cable’s microphone and interconnect cables proved to be a perfect match. With many brands offering microphone cables on the market, Crystal Cable stands out because of its pure and natural sound. The success of our recording company is a direct result of using nothing but the best, professional, highend audio equipment….and our set of golden ears of course.
Fritz de With (STS Digital)
Want to test your ears? YouTube features a recording with Gabi Rijnveld (Crystal Cable) on piano.
Crystal Cable just sounds transparent and many (Chesky) recordings have been made so far using special made, complicated Crystal cables which are perfect for our system.
David Chesky, Chesky Records