Introducing Vivid Productions, the new label at NativeDSD Aug 26 by Kengo Nishimoto, President and Chief Engineer of Vivid Productions in Producer's Notes

Our Goal
To touch the listener with the heart beat of musicians beyond the sound and silence.

We think providing the musician’s touch and expressions to the listener by eliminating any sense of the equipment and technology used in the recording process is vital. We are working every day on enhancing our approach to delivering the musician’s mind and breath to listeners in a way that is as pure as possible.

History
Based in Tokyo, Chief Engineer Kengo Nishimoto started his career at NHK, a national public broadcasting station in Tokyo, Japan. He left the station in order to start his own company after a successful career at NHK.

Since then, he has recorded many tracks in various genres ranging from Jazz, Classical, Rock, Pop and Ethnic music. These recordings have received wide acclaim for their high quality sound.

Vivid started production using DXD recording with 352.8 kHz 32 bit PCM technology.
In 2016, we stepped up to using 11.2 MHz Direct Stream Digital (DSD 256fs) for our recordings.

Vivid has also introduced recording traditional Japanese musical instruments like Koto and Japanese water harp in high resolution audio

Equipment
To achieve recordings with fast and accurate transient response, low noise, and accurately capturing the musical expressions of our artists, we use modifications on our recording systems and equipment.

Vintage tube microphones and preamps (such as Neumann and Neve) first used in the 1960s to 1970s along with current, high-performance equipment have been modified. This includes replacing internal cables, capacitors, and operational amplifiers to deliver music with wide dynamic range, extended frequency, and highly responsive sound.

What we have learned from our experience of recording acoustic music for many years is that high-end audio playback equipment can enhance the sound and experience from this music immensely.

Our recording equipment and accessories, including power sources, mainly use Acrolink XLR cables. Acrolink is a famous company in Japan which produces high-end audio cables using 7N high purity copper conductors.

We hopeā€¦
That you will be extremely happy when listening to the music from our artists.
It will allow you to feel their breath and heart movements in every note.

Kengo Nishimoto, President and Chief Engineer of Vivid Productions

After Aoyama Gakuin University Kengo worked as a recording engineer for the Japan Broadcasting Corporation NHK, recording pop, jazz, classical, Japanese music a.o. This led to production work for NHK FM’s Jazz program and live recordings, receiving high praise from domestic and foreign musicians as Ringo Strarr, Pat Metheny, GRP All Star Big Band, Minako Yoshida, Yanagisaji. He left the company to start his own.

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