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in the studio By Andrew Greer
Album Title: Passion: Here For You
release date: March 2011
recording Studio: Phillips Arena, White
Cabin Studio and Berwick Lane
Producer: Nathan Nockels
number of Songs: 12—regular edition,
Stage vS. Studio: The way I approach [live recording]
isn’t much different [from studio recording]. There is a
writing phase, pre-production, rehearsing, recording and
‘fixing and mixing!’ The most obvious difference—I have a
20,000-person choir to squeeze into the mix.
Con-Sole ReSponSibility: The engineer’s one job is
to get everything coming off the stage recorded. I don’t
want fancy EQ, compression, etc. I just need solid signal
to tape. I can get fancy after I know everything has been
captured on tape.
big piCtuRe: I love the fact that these records are about
more than one person or one song. The song represents a
moment in time where everything aligned and created a
pretty cool moment!
For more inFormation on Passion,
geek’d by geaR: For Nathan, capturing the passion of
the moment is elementary in preserving live energy. Here
is a list of the producer’s favorite LIVE gear. PS. A Nathan
must? Back the project up with a “Master” hard drive, as
well as two “Safety Backups!”
voCal MiCS: I use a Shure SM7b pretty exclusively for
vocal fixes. When doing vocal fixes on a live record I
don’t want the vocal sounding too ‘pretty.’ The SM7
puts a little ‘bite’ on the vocal.
Cabinet MiCS: You can’t go wrong with a Shure 57 on
guitar cabinets. I’ll also put a Royer 121 on the cabinet
to warm up the Vox AC30’s.
MiC pReaMpS: Vintech mic pres are pretty killer! I
used the Vintech 473 a ton on different elements of
aMpS: I used an Orange TH30 a ton on the record.
boaRd: We recorded the actual event through the
Digidesign VENUE console. We set up a rig at front of
house and also in “monitor world” back stage.