The Sound of the Hamilton Mausoleum

The Hamilton Mausoleum has possibly the longest reverb of any building in the world - nearly 15 seconds.

It is located in Hamilton, South Lanarkshire and was completed in 1858 to house the sarcophogaus of Alexander, the 10th Duke of Hamilton, alongside his ancestors. Read more about it on Wikipedia.

In 2013 several members of the New Radiophonic Workshop went to the Mausoleum to record the reverb. We made Impulse Response recordings so that anyone with a convolution reverb (Space Designer, Altiverb, etc) can hear their sounds in the space.

Download the Impulse Responses

The IRs are available in SDIR format for Space Designer, or WAV for everything else. They were recorded using an RME Fireface directly into a laptop, using the following microphone placements:

  • Neumann 184, ORTF placement, in the centre of the Mausoleum pointing forwards
  • AKG 414-XLS, Spaced Omni placement, in the centre of the Mausoleum pointing forwards
  • Soundfield , B-Format, in the centre of the Mausoleum pointing forwards
  • Neumann 184, ORTF placement, in the centre of the Mausoleum pointing upwards
  • AKG 414-XLS, Spaced Omni placement, in the centre of the Mausoleum pointing upwards
  • Soundfield , B-Format, in the centre of the Mausoleum pointing upwards

You can use the B-Format recordings for surround reverbs.

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