The nominations include “Best Surround Sound Album” for the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet’s Rupa-Khandha which was mixed and mastered by Sono Luminus’ Daniel Shores; “Best Engineered Classical Album” for Modern Mandolin Quartet’s Americana, also mixed and mastered by Shores. Dan Merceruio, Sono Luminus’ in-house producer was nominated as “Classical Producer of the Year;” Sono Luminus's artists also received three nominations for “Best Chamber Music—Small Ensemble Performance”
“We are so honored to have received all of these nominations,”
Out of the 81 GRAMMY® categories, 10 of the categories are for classical music. Sono Luminus received more nominations than any other classical record label and Daniel Shores was also nominated in a non-classical, technical category—“Best Surround Sound Album.” This was the first year for Sono Luminus to release Surround Sound Albums and they were the first American label to release in Pure Audio Blu-Ray.
The two albums that received surround sound and engineering nominations (Los Angeles Percussion Quartet’s Rupa-Khandha, and Modern Mandonlin Quartet’s Americana), and Zofo Duet’s Mind Meld were all recorded within six days of each other at the legendary Skywalker Sound. All of the nominated albums were mixed and mastered at Sono Luminus Studios.
Jory Vinikour's The Complete Harpischord Works of Rameau was recorded at the new Sono Luminus Studios in Boyce, Virginia, a recently renovated 95 year old stone church in the Shenandoah Valley.
All of Sono Luminus' nominated albums were recorded with a minimal microphone approach. Both Rupa-Khanda and Americana were recorded with 7 microphones mirroring the 7 surround channels with the ensemble around the array. Mind Meld and The Complete Harpsichord Works of Rameau with both recorded with 2 microphones main microphones, and 2 room microphones for added ambience. All of the nominated albums were recorded using Metric Halo ULN-8s. Rupa-Khanda and Americana Were both mixed and mastered on Legacy Audio Speakers.
To hear CD quality samples of these albums or downloadable FLAC surround files of Rupa-Khandha and Americana, go to www.sonoluminus.com/
About Sono Luminus
Sono Luminus was created in 1995 by Sandy Lerner and Len Bosack, founders of Cisco Systems, when they decided that their expertise in digital signal processing , computational mathematics and physics would enable them to bring a new level of recording fidelity to music. In 2005, Sono Luminus entered the market under its own masthead with the acquisition of the Dorian catalogue. Most recently, the label was a winner of the 53rd GRAMMY® Award for Best Engineered Classical Album for “Quincy Porter: The Complete Viola Works.”