Super Clean Sound

RECORDING

We record everything at 24bit/48khz to an Apple MacBook pro laptop.

Our analog to digital converters are the TL Audio DO-8 extension module for our TL Audio M1 Tubetracker 12 Input Analog Tube console.

Our sound travels exclusively through Monster Cables.

We don’t use any EQ or compression during recording.

We never record a band live. Sorry, we haven’t yet heard a band this good.

So, it’s drums, bass, guitars, keys, vocals, backing vocals. Usually with that order and always with the drums first:



DRUMS


The drums are tuned to the songs’ key. We choose the right snare from our collection and the right cymbals for the song. The quality of the rest of the set is of the worlds’ finest so rest assured. One set can do it all.

The drummer plays to a click and a stripped down demo recording of the song with only guitars and vocals.

The drummer is encouraged to play the song from start to finish so a natural flow is maintained through the dynamics of the plot.

We record 10 tracks of drums:


1. Room mic         :  Neumann M149 Jubilee                      >       Avalon VT-737SP

2. Overhead 1       :  Neumann U87 AI Anniversary           >       Avalon VT-737SP


3. Overhead 2       :  Neumann U87 AI Anniversary           >       Avalon VT-737SP

4. Kick in                :  Audix D6 Silver                                  >       TL Audio M1

5. Kick out             :  AKG D-112                                          >       TL Audio M1

6.  Snare top         :   Shure SM 57                                       >       TL Audio M1

7. Snare Bottom   :   Oktava MK-012 Condenser                >        TL Audio M1

8.  Hi Hat                 :  AKG C-414 XLS Condenser              >        TL Audio M1

9.  Tom 1                 :  Sennheiser MD-441                            >        TL Audio M1

10.Tom 2                :   Sennheiser MD-441                            >         TL Audio M1




BASS

We record the bass directly to the Avalon VT-737SP and then re amp it to our vintage 1966 Ampeg B-18N Portaflex via an AKG D-112 or a Sennheiser MD-421 and then back to the Avalon.

That way we have the best of both worlds.

We also have a beautiful all tiger ebony custom bass available. 



GUITARS


With guitars we use exclusively the re amp method:

We record to the (already recorded) drums and bass with a modelling software (Amplitube) and then re amp the signal to our amps:

a Marshall JCM 800 2203 100Watt Head, 

a 1972 Fender twin reverb,

a Fender Pro Junior,

an Ampeg VL 503

a Trace Elliot Velocette 12R.

All amps are routed to our great Engl 2x12 cab equipped with Celestion Gold speakers.

Our choice of close mics are:

the Shure SM57,

the Sennheiser MD-421, 

the Sennheiser E-906

the Beyerdynamic M201TG.

For room we use the AKG C-414 XLS.

We always record a close mic and a room mic through two Avalon VT-737SP’s. But sometimes, we may record two close mics and a room mic so we use our third Avalon.

Also, we don’t use ribbon mics because we prefer that “in your face” guitar sound of the dynamics.

For the tracking purposes, our great Les Paul 57 goldtop VOS reissue, and our 1989 Fender Stratocaster are available.



ACOUSTIC GUITARS


We record acoustic guitars with the AKG C-414 XLS placed roughly in front of the hole through the Avalon.

Our handmade Yamaha LL 500 guitar is available.



KEYS


We have a large collection of vintage analog synthesizers which we record direct through our console or our Avalon pre amps.

We are also really proud of our 1979 Fender Rhodes MK1 Seventy Three with McLaren Harmonic Clarifier Preamp and our 1965 Hammond H-100 Tonewheel Organ with Leslie 710 Speaker. 

We record the Rhodes direct through the Avalon and we may re amp the signal through the fender twin reverb for a more vintage sound. We mic the cabinet with our dynamic mics the same way we do with the guitars.

For the micing of the Leslie, we use a Neumann U87 for the bass speaker and the AKG C-414 XLS for the treble cones through our Avalons.



VOCALS, BACKGROUND VOCALS


Put a singer in front a Neumann M149 AI Jubilee and you can hear what he/she ate for breakfast. We route it of course through our Avalon.

For every other instrument we may come across from time to time such as strings, brass etc. we have all the appropriate mics, as you can tell, for a super clean recording.