Microphones? Check. Headphones? Check. Audio engineers? Check. Blankets and quilts? Umm…can you run that by me again? As strange as it may sound, quilts and blankets are used to cover the benches in the Salt Lake Tabernacle to maximize the sound by preventing too much echo and reverberation.
"The quilts are like an audience — but with no coughing and talking. . . . The engineers didn't like what they call a 'swimmy' sound, so we put the quilts out to absorb some of the sound, and the quality becomes crisper, cleaner,” said the Choir general manager, Scott Barrick.
He added humorously, “And probably only with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir could we send out an e-mail in the morning and have every member show up with a quilt that night."
Lead image from Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
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