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Instruments

This section features isolated, (usually unprocessed) recordings of individual instruments grouped by instrument type intended to help you evaluate and compare AEA microphones and preamps. Click on an instrument name to expand the list. For optimum sound quality, download the uncompressed linear audio files to your computer by clicking the download button in the player.

Upright Bass

AEA teamed up with the LA-based upright bass player Lyman Medeiros (www.lmbass.com) and recorded an extensive shootout of microphones and preamps at the Greene Room Studio in Burbank, CA. Besides the full line of AEA ribbon microphones and preamps, we also included a wide range of other popular microphones and preamps for comparison with the AEA products. A total of 15 microphones and 6 preamps were included in the shootout.

In order to reduce the influence of the positioning of the microphones, the microphones were setup in arrays of up to four microphones recording at once. This means that some of the sound samples in this set were recorded in different takes. The bass player was asked to play a simple phrase that could be easily repeated to improve the comparability between the different takes.

Here you can audition and download the sound samples and find out more about this project. The individual files of the shootout can be streamed via a Soundcloud player, but it is recommended to download the high-res linear PCM wave file recorded at 96 kHz / 24 Bit for best sound quality.


Upright Bass, walking bass line, close up

This set of files is a comparison of different studio microphones set up to record an eight bar walking bass line played by Lyman Medeiros (www.lmbass.com) at the Greene Room Studio in Burbank, CA.

The microphones were positioned at a distance of about one foot aiming at the area between the bridge of the bass and where the musician plucks the strings. In order to reduce the influence of the positioning of the microphones, the microphones were setup in arrays of up to four microphones recording at once. This means that some of the sound samples in this set were recorded in different takes. The bass player was asked to play a simple phrase that could be easily repeated to improve the comparability between the different takes. Please have a look at the pictures of each sound sample to get an idea of the microphone placement.

All the sound samples in this set were recorded with an AEA RPQ preamp (AC-coupled input, no EQ) and a Digidesign 192 I/O converter into Pro Tools HD.

Recorded at The Greene Room Studio in Burbank, CA (www.greeneroom.com)
Produced and recorded for AEA by Julian David (www.juliandavid.org)

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Upright Bass (walking), distant

This set of files is a comparison of different studio preamps set up to record an eight bar walking bass line played by Lyman Medeiros (www.lmbass.com) at the Greene Room Studio in Burbank, CA. All the sound samples in this set were recorded with an AEA R84 ribbon microphone and a Digidesign 192 I/O converter into Pro Tools HD.

The microphones were positioned at a distance of about 2-3 feet aiming at the area between the bridge of the bass and where the musician plucks the strings. In order to reduce the influence of the positioning of the microphones, the microphones were setup in arrays of up to four microphones recording at once. This means that some of the sound samples in this set were recorded in different takes. The bass player was asked to play a simple phrase that could be easily repeated to improve the comparability between the different takes. Compare this set of files to the one recorded at a distance of one foot and note how the microphone responses change. All directional microphones (figure-of-8, cardioid, etc.) are experience the so-called proximity effect, i.e. an increasing bass-boost with decreasing distance to the sound source. Some of the microphones in this comparison were designed for close-up use, while others sound more balanced at a greater distance.

Recorded at The Greene Room Studio in Burbank, CA (www.greeneroom.com)
Produced and recorded for AEA by Julian David (www.juliandavid.org)

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Zip File  Download the zip-file containing the complete set of individual high-resolution audio track files and additional documentation about the session (about 70 MB).

Upright Bass (jazz funk)

This set of files is a comparison of different studio microphones set up to record a four bar funk bass line played by Lyman Medeiros (www.lmbass.com) at the Greene Room Studio in Burbank, CA.

The microphones were positioned at a distance of about one foot aiming at the area between the bridge of the bass and where the musician plucks the strings. In order to reduce the influence of the positioning of the microphones, the microphones were setup in arrays of up to four microphones recording at once. This means that some of the sound samples in this set were recorded in different takes. The bass player was asked to play a simple phrase that could be easily repeated to improve the comparability between the different takes. Please have a look at the pictures of each sound sample to get an idea of the microphone placement.

All the sound samples in this set were recorded with an AEA RPQ preamp (AC-coupled input, no EQ) and a Digidesign 192 I/O converter into Pro Tools HD.

Recorded at The Greene Room Studio in Burbank, CA (www.greeneroom.com)
Produced and recorded for AEA by Julian David (www.juliandavid.org)

soundcloud-icon.png  Streaming playback on SoundCloud is low resolution and heavily compressed. Click the Download Button to the right of each track in the playlist to download the high-resolution linear PCM wave file recorded at 96 kHz / 24 Bit for optimum sound quality.
Zip File  Download the zip-file containing the complete set of individual high-resolution audio track files and additional documentation about the session (about 70 MB).

Upright Bass (bowed)

This set of files is a comparison of different studio microphones set up to record a short classical bowed bass line theme played by Lyman Medeiros (www.lmbass.com) at the Greene Room Studio in Burbank, CA.

The microphones were positioned at a distance of about one foot aiming at the area between the bridge of the bass and where the musician plucks the strings. In order to reduce the influence of the positioning of the microphones, the microphones were setup in arrays of up to four microphones recording at once. This means that some of the sound samples in this set were recorded in different takes. The bass player was asked to play a simple phrase that could be easily repeated to improve the comparability between the different takes. Please have a look at the pictures of each sound sample to get an idea of the microphone placement.

All the sound samples in this set were recorded with an AEA RPQ preamp (AC-coupled input, no EQ) and a Digidesign 192 I/O converter into Pro Tools HD.

Recorded at The Greene Room Studio in Burbank, CA (www.greeneroom.com)
Produced and recorded for AEA by Julian David (www.juliandavid.org)

soundcloud-icon.png  Streaming playback on SoundCloud is low resolution and heavily compressed. Click the Download Button to the right of each track in the playlist to download the high-resolution linear PCM wave file recorded at 96 kHz / 24 Bit for optimum sound quality.
Zip File  Download the zip-file containing the complete set of individual high-resolution audio track files and additional documentation about the session (about 125 MB).

Upright Bass - Preamp Comparison

This set of files is a comparison of different studio preamps set up to record an eight bar walking bass line played by Lyman Medeiros (www.lmbass.com) at the Greene Room Studio in Burbank, CA. All the sound samples in this set were recorded with an AEA R84 ribbon microphone and a Digidesign 192 I/O converter into Pro Tools HD.

The nature of this recording session meant that the sound samples in this set were recorded in different takes. The bass player was asked to play a simple phrase that could be easily repeated to improve the comparability between the different takes. Please have a look at the pictures of each sound sample to get an idea of the microphone placement.

Recorded at The Greene Room Studio in Burbank, CA (www.greeneroom.com)
Produced and recorded for AEA by Julian David (www.juliandavid.org)

soundcloud-icon.png  Streaming playback on SoundCloud is low resolution and heavily compressed. Click the Download Button to the right of each track in the playlist to download the high-resolution linear PCM wave file recorded at 96 kHz / 24 Bit for optimum sound quality.
Zip File  Download the zip-file containing the complete set of individual high-resolution audio track files and additional documentation about the session (about 32 MB).

6-string Acoustic Guitar

With more than forty years of servicing ribbon microphones, we have learned a thing or two about the needs of passive ribbon mics. AEA's original TRP ("The Ribbon Pre") preamp was designed by Fred Forssell to be the perfect match for any passive ribbon microphone. All AEA preamps feature a super-clean, low-noise JFET amplifier topology with very high input impedances of 10 kOhm or more. The AEA RPQ and RPQ500 preamps are not only an exceptional fit for ribbon mics, but they are a great choice for any microphone whenever a clean, accurate and musical representation of the microphone is desired. Hear for yourself how well the RPQ preamp fares compared to much more expensive preamps in this shootout set.

The samples in this set feature an acoustic rhythm guitar loop played by Andy Georges on Takamine EF360-C six string steel guitar. The purpose is to show differences between various preamps and microphones by AEA and other manufacturers. Listen to the same microphone on four different preamps to find out how much (or how little) and what difference the preamp has on the recorded sound.

All the microphones were set up in one array without moving them in between takes. Switching between the different microphones and preamps was done via a Manley MicMAID high-quality switcher.

The following microphones and preamps were compared:
Mics:
- AEA R84 (passive ribbon)
- AEA A840 (phantom-powered ribbon)
- Lauten FC-387 Atlantis (transformer coupled FET condenser), normal setting
- AKG C414 B-XLS (transformerless FET condenser)
- sE Voodoo VR2 (phantom-powered ribbon)

Preamps:
- AEA RPQ (transformerless, high impedance JFET design ), no EQ, AC-coupled input.
- Millennia HV-3B (transformerless FET design)
- Grace m101 (transformerless JFET design), standard mode, no EQ.
- Great River ME-1NV (transformer coupled Class A design),

Converter: Lynx Aurora 16 with FW option.
Recorded by Julian David for AEA

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Copyright 2012. Audio Engineering Associates. All rights reserved.

Baritone Acoustic Guitar

AEA R88 mk2 on Baritone Acoustic Guitar AEA R88 mk2 on Baritone Acoustic Guitar

Details

The microphone was positioned at a distance of about 10 inches, pointing at the 12th fret of the guitar. The Curveshaping EQ on the RPQ was bypassed and no additional processing was applied.

Microphone: AEA R88 mk2 Stereo Ribbon Microphone
Preamp: AEA RPQ
A/D Converter: Motu 828 mk2

Stringed Instruments: Solo baritone acoustic guitar played by Andy Georges

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AEA R88 mk2 on Baritone Acoustic Guitar with Curveshaping AEA R88 mk2 on Baritone Acoustic Guitar with Curveshaping

Details

The microphone was positioned at a distance of about 10 inches, pointing at the 12th fret of the guitar. The high frequency band of the Curveshaping EQ on the RPQ was engaged. The center frequency was set to 2.1 kHz and the gain to the 1 o'clock position. The example demonstrates how the Curveshaper EQ of the RPQ can be used to brighten up a recording and extend the bandwidth. The R88 mk2 has usable output up to 40 kHz and the RPQ can be tuned to achieve flat response up to this frequency.

Microphone: AEA R88 mk2 Stereo Ribbon Microphone
Preamp: AEA RPQ
A/D Converter: Motu 828 mk2

Stringed Instruments: Solo baritone acoustic guitar played by Andy Georges

SoundCloud  Streaming playback on SoundCloud is low resolution and heavily compressed. Follow this link and then click on the down arrow icon from the top track menu to download the high-resolution linear PCM wave file recorded at 88.2 kHz for optimum sound quality.

Bouzouki

AEA KU4 on Bouzouki AEA KU4 on Bouzouki

Details

The microphone was positioned at a distance of about 8 inches to the neck joint of the bouzouki. The Curveshaping EQ on the RPQ was in bypass and no additional processing was applied.

Microphone: AEA KU4 Unidirectional Ribbon Microphone
Preamp: AEA RPQ
A/D Converter: Forssell Technologies MADA-2

Stringed Instruments: Solo bouzouki played by Andy Georges

SoundCloud  Streaming playback on SoundCloud is low resolution and heavily compressed. Follow this link and then click on the down arrow icon from the top track menu to download the high-resolution linear PCM wave file recorded at 88.2 kHz for optimum sound quality.

Mandola

AEA KU4 on Mandola AEA KU4 on Mandola

Details

The microphone was positioned at a distance of about 8 inches just off the sound hole, pointing toward the neck of the mandola. The Curveshaping EQ on the RPQ was bypassed and no additional processing was applied.

Microphone: AEA KU4 Unidirectional Ribbon Microphone
Preamp: AEA RPQ
A/D Converter: Forssell Technologies MADA-2

Stringed Instruments: Solo mandola played by Andy Georges

SoundCloud  Streaming playback on SoundCloud is low resolution and heavily compressed. Follow this link and then click on the down arrow icon from the top track menu to download the high-resolution linear PCM wave file recorded at 88.2 kHz for optimum sound quality.

AEA KU4 on Mandola with Curveshaping AEA KU4 on Mandola with Curveshaping

Details

The microphone was positioned at a distance of about 8 inches just off the sound hole, pointing toward the neck of the mandola. The high frequency band of the Curveshaping EQ on the RPQ was engaged. The center frequency was set to 2.1 kHz and the gain to the 1 o'clock position. This example demonstrates how the Curveshaper EQ of the RPQ can be used to brighten up a recording and extend the bandwidth.

Microphone: AEA KU4 Unidirectional Ribbon Microphone
Preamp: AEA RPQ
A/D Converter: Forssell Technologies MADA-2

Stringed Instruments: Solo mandola played by Andy Georges

SoundCloud  Streaming playback on SoundCloud is low resolution and heavily compressed. Follow this link and then click on the down arrow icon from the top track menu to download the high-resolution linear PCM wave file recorded at 88.2 kHz for optimum sound quality.

AEA R88 mk2 on Mandola AEA R88 mk2 on Mandola

Details

The microphone was positioned at a distance of about 10 inches just off the sound hole, pointing towards the neck of the mandola. The Curveshaping EQ on the RPQ was bypassed and no additional processing was applied.

Microphone: AEA R88 mk2 Stereo Ribbon Microphone
Preamp: AEA RPQ
A/D Converter: Forssell Technologies MADA-2

Stringed Instruments: Solo mandola played by Andy Georges

SoundCloud  Streaming playback on SoundCloud is low resolution and heavily compressed. Follow this link and then click on the down arrow icon from the top track menu to download the high-resolution linear PCM wave file recorded at 88.2 kHz for optimum sound quality.

Choir

"My Favorite Things" - AEA R88 mk2 on Choir My Favorite Things

Details

Features an AEA R88 mk2 Stereo Ribbon Microphone capturing a choir performance of "My Favorite Things." The microphone features a Blumlein coincident stereo arrangement with two figure-8 ribbon transducers providing excellent stereo imaging. No other microphones or processing (except a touch of reverb) were used in this recording.

Microphone: AEA R88 mk2 Stereo Ribbon Microphone
Preamp: Millenia Media HV-3B
Monitor Mixer: Studer 961
Recorder: Alesis Masterlink 24/96

Choir: Westridge School Glee Club
Conductor: Paul T. Stephenson
Music: Richard Rodgers
Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II
Arrangement: Joy Ondra Hirokawa

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"Oh! Susanna" - AEA R88 mk2 on Choir Oh! Susanna

Details

Features an AEA R88 mk2 Stereo Ribbon Microphone capturing a choir performance of "Oh! Susanna." The microphone features a Blumlein coincident stereo arrangement with two figure-8 ribbon transducers providing excellent stereo imaging. No other microphones or processing (except a touch of reverb) were used in this recording.

Microphone: AEA R88 mk2 Stereo Ribbon Microphone
Preamp: Millenia Media HV-3B
Monitor Mixer: Studer 961
Recorder: Alesis Masterlink 24/96

Choir: Westridge School Glee Club
Conductor: Paul T. Stephenson
Music: Stephen Foster
Lyrics: Stephen Foster
Arrangement: Joy Ondra Hirokawa

SoundCloud  Streaming playback on SoundCloud is low resolution and heavily compressed. Follow this link and then click on the down arrow icon from the top track menu to download the high-resolution linear PCM wave file recorded at 96 kHz/24 bit for optimum sound quality.

Projects

This section features AEA ribbon microphones and preamps within the context of a real-world project. Wherever possible, we have made both isolated tracks plus the full mix available so that recorded signals within a finished song can be evaluated. Click on a project name to expand a list of available sound examples. For optimum sound quality, download the uncompressed linear audio files to your computer by clicking the download button in the player.

Electric Guitar with aVid*

AEA engineer Julian David produced and recorded the German band aVid* at their own studio Schau & Horch, and the band has been so kind to provide a couple of guitar tracks of this session. Guitarist Stephan Marten played a Telecaster guitar through a vintage Fender Twin Reverb amp courtesy of Thomas Hannes. AEA would also like to thank Digital Audio Service in Hamburg, Germany for kindly providing the BAE 1028 preamp.

Several different guitar tracks were recorded for the song "Deep Breath", which can be heard in this list of sound samples. The first set of samples is a clean funky guitar lick, the second one an overdriven rhythm guitar. The Fender combo amp was recorded with an AEA R92 ribbon microphone and a Shure SM57 at the same time. The R92 was positioned about 1-2 inches away from the grill of the amp, while the SM57 was a little further back to line up its capsule to the ribbon of the R92. It is important to pay attention to the phase relationship between the two microphone to avoid comb filtering when blending them together.

Here you can audition and download the sound samples and find out more about this project. The individual files of the session can be streamed via a Soundcloud player, but it is recommended to download the uncompressed linear PCM wave file recorded at 44.1 kHz / 24 Bit for best sound quality.


Clean Funky Guitar

Tracks:

1. Microphone: AEA R92 ribbon microphone, Preamp: SPL Gainstation (clean gain, flat, 10 kOhm impedance)
2. Microphone: Shure SM57, Preamp: BAE 1028 (no eq)
3. Blend of both the R92 and the SM57. SM57 is mixed 6dB below R92 to add bite and grit.
4. Instrumental mix of the song "Deep Breath" by aVid* to hear the context of the song. Minimal processing was applied in the mix.

Converter: M-Audio 2626 interface, 44.1 kHz / 24 Bit
Musician: Stephan Marten
Instruments: Telecaster guitar, Fender Twin Reverb combo amp

Recorded at Schau & Horch Studio in Cologne, Germany (www.schauundhorch.de)
Engineered by Julian David (www.juliandavid.org)

Music and lyrics: Christian Niessing & Julian David for aVid* (www.avid-music.com)
Publishing: EMI Germany
All rights of the producer and the owner of the recorded work reserved. Unauthorized copying, hiring, lending, public performance and broadcasting of this record prohibited. Copyright: 2012 aVid* / www.avid-music.com

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Overdriven Rhythm Guitar

Tracks:

1. Microphone: AEA R92 ribbon microphone, Preamp: SPL Gainstation (clean gain, flat, 10 kOhm impedance)
2. Microphone: Shure SM57, Preamp: BAE 1028 (no eq)
3. Blend of both the R92 and the SM57. The R92 is mixed 6dB below SM57 to add low-mid richness and warmth.

Converter: M-Audio 2626 interface, 44.1 kHz / 24 Bit
Musician: Stephan Marten
Instruments: Telecaster guitar, EBS Multidrive pedal, Fender Twin Reverb combo amp

Recorded at Schau & Horch Studio in Cologne, Germany (www.schauundhorch.de)
Engineered by Julian David (www.juliandavid.org)

Music and lyrics: Christian Niessing & Julian David for aVid* (www.avid-music.com)
Publishing: EMI Germany
All rights of the producer and the owner of the recorded work reserved. Unauthorized copying, hiring, lending, public performance and broadcasting of this record prohibited. Copyright: 2012 aVid* / www.avid-music.com

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Zip File  Download the zip-file containing the complete set of individual high-resolution audio track files and additional documentation about the session (about 9 MB).

"Jai Kali Ma"

"Jai Kali Ma" - Full Mix Jai Kali Ma

Details

AEA KU4 microphones and RPQ preamps were used to record the bouzouki and mandolin in this track.
Processing during the mix:
Bouzouki: Masterworks EQ (highpass at 100 Hz, boost at 5.5 kHz, high-shelving boost at 20 kHz), compression with PSP MixPressor2
Mandolin: Masterworks EQ (high-shelving boost at 20 kHz), compression with PSP Mixpressor2
Full mix created with Digital Performer.

Microphone: AEA R88 mk2 Stereo Ribbon Microphone
Preamp: AEA RPQ
A/D Converter: Motu 828 mk2

Vocals: Emily Tessmer of Orenda Blu Music
Stringed Instruments: Andy Georges

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"Jai Kali Ma" - AEA KU4 on Bouzouki & Mandolin Jai Kali Ma

Details

Isolated tracks of bouzouki and mandolin recorded with the AEA KU4. No processing of any kind was applied to these tracks.

Microphone: AEA KU4 Unidirection Ribbon Microphone
Preamp: AEA RPQ
A/D Converter: Motu 828 mk2

Vocals: Emily Tessmer of Orenda Blu Music
Stringed Instruments: Andy Georges

SoundCloud  Streaming playback on SoundCloud is low resolution and heavily compressed. Follow this link and then click on the down arrow icon from the top track menu to download the high-resolution linear PCM wave file recorded at 44.1 kHz/24 bit for optimum sound quality.

"Shake" by The Macrotones

"Shake" - Full Mix Shake

Details

This is the finished, but unmastered mix of the song "Shake" by The Macrotones.
All instruments were recorded live in one room playing together, except for the horn section, which was in a booth. The bleed in the microphones picking up other instruments within the room was embraced and forms an important part of the sound of the finished mix.

Recorder: Studer 827 (2" 24-track at 15 ips)
A/D Converter: Digidesign ProTools HD 192 converters

Track List:
Kick: AEA R92 - Neve 1084
Snare: Microtech Geffel M300 - Shadow Hills Mono GAMA, set to Nickel output
OHs: AEA R88 - AEA RPQ, gentle lift ~10k
Bass DI: Avalon U5 - API 312
Bass Amp: Soundelux ifet7 - API 312 - Universal Audio 1176 - Universal Audio LA2A
Guitar: Neumann U67 - Revolution Redd.47
Organ Top: AEA R44 - Neve 1272 - Urei LA3A - Electrodyne 511
Organ Bottom: AKG D12 - Neve 1272 - Electrodyne 511
Percussion 1: Neumann KM54 - API 312
Djembe Top: Neumann KM54 - Shadow Hills Mono GAMA, set to Steel output
Djembe Bottom: AKG 414 - Neve 1272
Horns Section: AEA R84 in Blumlein configuration - Mercury V72
Shake Chant: AEA R84 in Blumlein configuration - Mercury V72

Music & Lyrics: The Macrotones
Producer: Sean Slade
Engineer: Benny Grotto at Mad Oak Studio, Allston, MA.
Mixing: Benny Grotto at Mad Oak Studio, Allston, MA.

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"Shake" - AEA R44CE on Organ Shake

Details

This is the isolated recording on the top of the organ leslie for the song "Shake" by The Macrotones. A pop filter was used to shield the microphone from wind turbulence caused by the leslie's rotor. The microphone signal was compressed with a Urei LA3A and some tone shaping was added with an Electrodyne 511 EQ. The bottom rotor of the leslie was recorded with an AKG D12.
All instruments were recorded live in one room playing together, except for the horn section, which was in a booth. The bleed in the microphones picking up other instruments within the room was embraced and forms an important part of the sound of the finished mix.

Microphone: AEA R44CE
Preamp: Neve 1272
Additional Equipment: Urei LA3A, Eletrodyne 511
Recorder: Studer 827 (2" 24-track at 15 ips)
A/D Converter: Digidesign ProTools HD 192 converters

Music & Lyrics: The Macrotones
Producer: Sean Slade
Engineer: Benny Grotto at Mad Oak Studio, Allston, MA.
Mixing: Benny Grotto at Mad Oak Studio, Allston, MA.

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"Shake" - AEA R92 on Kick Drum Shake

Details

This is the isolated kick drum recording for the song "Shake" by The Macrotones. The microphone was positioned at an angle and a popfilter was placed in front of it to protect it from the mass of air a kick drum moves. The null-plane of the figure-8 pattern was also angled towards the cymbals for maximum rejection.
All instruments were recorded live in one room playing together, except for the horn section, which was in a booth. The bleed in the microphones picking up other instruments within the room was embraced and forms an important part of the sound of the finished mix.

Microphone: AEA R92
Preamp: Neve 1084
Recorder: Studer 827 (2" 24-track at 15 ips)
A/D Converter: Digidesign ProTools HD 192 converters

Music & Lyrics: The Macrotones
Producer: Sean Slade
Engineer: Benny Grotto at Mad Oak Studio, Allston, MA.
Mixing: Benny Grotto at Mad Oak Studio, Allston, MA.

SoundCloud  Streaming playback on SoundCloud is low resolution and heavily compressed. Follow this link and then click on the down arrow icon from the top track menu to download the high-resolution linear PCM wave file recorded at 96 kHz/24 bit for optimum sound quality.

"Shake" - AEA R88 on Drum Overheads Shake

Details

This is the isolated drum overhead recording for the song "Shake" by The Macrotones. The purist design combined with the Blumlein arrangement of the AEA R88 Stereo Ribbon Microphone make it ideally suited for drum overheads due to its excellent transient response and accurate stereo imaging. A gentle high frequency lift was applied at about 10 kHz using the built-in Curvershaper EQ of the AEA RPQ preamp.
All instruments were recorded live in one room playing together, except for the horn section, which was in a booth. The bleed in the microphones picking up other instruments within the room was embraced and forms an important part of the sound of the finished mix.

Microphone: AEA R92
Preamp: AEA RPQ (gentle lift at about 10 kHz)
Recorder: Studer 827 (2" 24-track at 15 ips)
A/D Converter: Digidesign ProTools HD 192 converters

Music & Lyrics: The Macrotones
Producer: Sean Slade
Engineer: Benny Grotto at Mad Oak Studio, Allston, MA.
Mixing: Benny Grotto at Mad Oak Studio, Allston, MA.

SoundCloud  Streaming playback on SoundCloud is low resolution and heavily compressed. Follow this link and then click on the down arrow icon from the top track menu to download the high-resolution linear PCM wave file recorded at 96 kHz/24 bit for optimum sound quality.

"Shake" - AEA R84 on Horn Section Shake

Details

This is the isolated horn section recording for the song "Shake" by The Macrotones. Two AEA R84 microphones in a Blumlein coincident stereo arrangement were used to capture the horn section recorded in a booth.
All instruments were recorded live in one room playing together, except for the horn section, which was in a booth. The bleed in the microphones picking up other instruments within the room was embraced and forms an important part of the sound of the finished mix.

Microphone: AEA R84 Blumlein pair
Preamp: Mercury V72
Additional Equipment: Urei LA3A, Eletrodyne 511
Recorder: Studer 827 (2" 24-track at 15 ips)
A/D Converter: Digidesign ProTools HD 192 converters

Music & Lyrics: The Macrotones
Producer: Sean Slade
Engineer: Benny Grotto at Mad Oak Studio, Allston, MA.
Mixing: Benny Grotto at Mad Oak Studio, Allston, MA.

SoundCloud  Streaming playback on SoundCloud is low resolution and heavily compressed. Follow this link and then click on the down arrow icon from the top track menu to download the high-resolution linear PCM wave file recorded at 96 kHz/24 bit for optimum sound quality.

"Watch You Sleep" by Any of Both


"Watch You Sleep" - Mastered Mix Watch You Sleep

Details

This acoustic version of the song "Watch You Sleep" by Any of Both was recorded almost exclusively with AEA ribbon microphones on May 30, 2011 at Maarweg Studio 2 in Cologne, Germany. Additional tracks were cut with high quality condenser microphones in parallel, so that they can be compared with the ribbons. The song was mixed on a SSL 6048 G+/E series console with automation at Hemispheres Recording in Los Angeles utilizing the studio's collection of high-end outboard gear. Additional documentation about the mix is provided in the zip-archive download. The session was engineered by German producer/engineer Wolfgang Stach who is known for his work with BAP, Guano Apes, Such A Surge, Jupiter Jones, and many other German artists.

Track List:
Lead Vocals: AEA KU4 - Vintagedesign DMP - Purple MC77
Backing Vocals: AEA R84 - Daking Mic Pre One
Acoustic Guitar (David): Neumann U87 - API 512
Acoustic Guitar (Chris): AEA A440 - Daking Pre EQ
Electric Guitar: AEA R92 - Chandler TG2
Piano: AEA A840 (spaced pair) - MCI JH-416
Glockenspiel: AEA R84 - Daking Mic Pre One
Melodica: AEA R84 - Daking Mic Pre One
Tambourine: AEA A840 - MCI JH-416
Other Percussion: AEA R84 - Daking Mic Pre One
David Schwager - Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Percussion, Glockenspiel, Melodica
Chris Bauer - Acoustic Guitar
Niko Faust - Piano
Marcel Dechène - Tambourine

Music & Lyrics: David Schwager and Any of Both
Engineer: Wolfgang Stach and Niko Faust at Maarwegstudio 2, Cologne
Mixing: Julian David at Hemispheres Recording, Los Angeles
Mastering: Alex Kloss at Time Tools Mastering, Hannover
Publishing: Copyright Control
© Any Of Both / info@anyofboth.com
All rights of the producer and the owner of the recorded work reserved. Unauthorized copying, hiring, lending, public performance and broadcasting of this record prohibited.

SoundCloud  Streaming playback on SoundCloud is low resolution and heavily compressed. Follow this link and then click on the down arrow icon from the top track menu to download the high-resolution linear PCM wave file recorded at 44.1 kHz/16 bit for optimum sound quality.
Zip File  Download the zip-file containing the complete set of individual high-resolution audio track files and additional documentation about the session.
YouTube   View the YouTube video about this recording session.

"Watch You Sleep" - AEA KU4 on Lead Vocals Watch You Sleep

Details

This is the isolated, raw lead vocal take for the song "Watch You Sleep" by Any of Both recorded with an AEA KU4 ribbon microphone. An additional alternative track was recorded simultaneously with a Brauner Valvet microphone (modified by Dirk Brauner) for comparison purposes. Recorded on May 30th, 2011 at Maarweg Studio 2 in Cologne, Germany.

Microphone: AEA KU4
Preamp: Vintagedesign DMP
Compressor: Purple Audio MC77
Recorder: Pro Tools HD at 44.1 kHz/24 Bit
Musician: David Schwager

Music & Lyrics: David Schwager and Any of Both
Engineer: Wolfgang Stach and Niko Faust at Maarwegstudio 2, Cologne
Mixing: Julian David at Hemispheres Recording, Los Angeles
Mastering: Alex Kloss at Time Tools Mastering, Hannover
Publishing: Copyright Control
© Any Of Both / info@anyofboth.com
All rights of the producer and the owner of the recorded work reserved. Unauthorized copying, hiring, lending, public performance and broadcasting of this record prohibited.

SoundCloud  Streaming playback on SoundCloud is low resolution and heavily compressed. Follow this link and then click on the down arrow icon from the top track menu to download the high-resolution linear PCM wave file recorded at 44.1 kHz/16 bit for optimum sound quality.
Zip File  Download the zip-file containing the complete set of individual high-resolution audio track files and additional documentation about the session.
YouTube   View the YouTube video about this recording session.

"Watch You Sleep" - Brauner Valvet on Lead Vocals Watch You Sleep

Details

This is the isolated, raw lead vocal take for the song "Watch You Sleep" by Any of Both recorded with a Brauner Valvet microphone (modified by Dirk Brauner). An alternative track was recorded simultaneously with an AEA KU4 ribbon microphone. Recorded on May 30th, 2011 at Maarweg Studio 2 in Cologne, Germany.

Microphone: Brauner Valvet
Preamp: Vintagedesign DMP
Compressor: Purple Audio MC77
Recorder: Pro Tools HD at 44.1 kHz/24 Bit
Musician: David Schwager

Music & Lyrics: David Schwager and Any of Both
Engineer: Wolfgang Stach and Niko Faust at Maarwegstudio 2, Cologne
Mixing: Julian David at Hemispheres Recording, Los Angeles
Mastering: Alex Kloss at Time Tools Mastering, Hannover
Publishing: Copyright Control
© Any Of Both / info@anyofboth.com
All rights of the producer and the owner of the recorded work reserved. Unauthorized copying, hiring, lending, public performance and broadcasting of this record prohibited.

SoundCloud  Streaming playback on SoundCloud is low resolution and heavily compressed. Follow this link and then click on the down arrow icon from the top track menu to download the high-resolution linear PCM wave file recorded at 44.1 kHz/16 bit for optimum sound quality.
Zip File  Download the zip-file containing the complete set of individual high-resolution audio track files and additional documentation about the session.
YouTube   View the YouTube video about this recording session.

"Watch You Sleep" - AEA A440 on 2nd Acoustic Guitar Watch You Sleep

Details

This is the isolated, unprocessed acoustic guitar recording for the song "Watch You Sleep" by Any of Both recorded with an AEA A440 phantom-powered ribbon microphone. This guitar was recorded alongside another guitar in a single take. The A440 was positioned to attenuate the other guitar's signal by using the null plane of the figure-8 pattern of the ribbon microphone. An additional alternative track was recorded simultaneously with a Neumann U87 (cardioid) microphone for comparison purposes. Recorded on May 30th, 2011 at Maarweg Studio 2 in Cologne, Germany.

Microphone: AEA A440
Preamp: Daking Pre/EQ
Recorder: Pro Tools HD at 44.1 kHz/24 Bit
Musician: Chris Bauer

Music & Lyrics: David Schwager and Any of Both
Engineer: Wolfgang Stach and Niko Faust at Maarwegstudio 2, Cologne
Mixing: Julian David at Hemispheres Recording, Los Angeles
Mastering: Alex Kloss at Time Tools Mastering, Hannover
Publishing: Copyright Control
© Any Of Both / info@anyofboth.com
All rights of the producer and the owner of the recorded work reserved. Unauthorized copying, hiring, lending, public performance and broadcasting of this record prohibited.

SoundCloud  Streaming playback on SoundCloud is low resolution and heavily compressed. Follow this link and then click on the down arrow icon from the top track menu to download the high-resolution linear PCM wave file recorded at 44.1 kHz/16 bit for optimum sound quality.
Zip File  Download the zip-file containing the complete set of individual high-resolution audio track files and additional documentation about the session.
YouTube   View the YouTube video about this recording session.

"Watch You Sleep" - Neumann U87 on 2nd Acoustic Guitar Watch You Sleep

Details

This is the isolated, unprocessed acoustic guitar recording for the song "Watch You Sleep" by Any of Both recorded with a Neumann U87 large diaphragm condenser microphone. An alternative track was recorded simultaneously with an AEA A440 phantom-powered ribbon microphone. Recorded on May 30th, 2011 at Maarweg Studio 2 in Cologne, Germany.

Microphone: Neumann U87 large diaphragm condenser microphone (set to cardioid)
Preamp: Daking Pre/EQ
Recorder: Pro Tools HD at 44.1 kHz/24 Bit
Musician: Chris Bauer

Music & Lyrics: David Schwager and Any of Both
Engineer: Wolfgang Stach and Niko Faust at Maarwegstudio 2, Cologne
Mixing: Julian David at Hemispheres Recording, Los Angeles
Mastering: Alex Kloss at Time Tools Mastering, Hannover
Publishing: Copyright Control
© Any Of Both / info@anyofboth.com
All rights of the producer and the owner of the recorded work reserved. Unauthorized copying, hiring, lending, public performance and broadcasting of this record prohibited.

SoundCloud  Streaming playback on SoundCloud is low resolution and heavily compressed. Follow this link and then click on the down arrow icon from the top track menu to download the high-resolution linear PCM wave file recorded at 44.1 kHz/16 bit for optimum sound quality.
Zip File  Download the zip-file containing the complete set of individual high-resolution audio track files and additional documentation about the session.
YouTube   View the YouTube video about this recording session.

"Watch You Sleep" - AEA A840 on Piano Watch You Sleep

Details

This is the isolated, unprocessed piano recording for the song "Watch You Sleep" by Any of Both. A spaced pair (AB) of AEA A840 phantom-powered ribbon microphones was positioned just outside the Yamaha C7 grand piano. An additional alternative track was recorded simultaneously with a pair of Brauner Phantom condenser microphones for comparison purposes. Recorded on May 30th, 2011 at Maarweg Studio 2 in Cologne, Germany.

Microphone: Brauner Phantom
Preamp: MCI JH-416
Recorder: Pro Tools HD at 44.1 kHz/24 Bit
Musician: Niko Faust

Music & Lyrics: David Schwager and Any of Both
Engineer: Wolfgang Stach and Niko Faust at Maarwegstudio 2, Cologne
Mixing: Julian David at Hemispheres Recording, Los Angeles
Mastering: Alex Kloss at Time Tools Mastering, Hannover
Publishing: Copyright Control
© Any Of Both / info@anyofboth.com
All rights of the producer and the owner of the recorded work reserved. Unauthorized copying, hiring, lending, public performance and broadcasting of this record prohibited.

SoundCloud  Streaming playback on SoundCloud is low resolution and heavily compressed. Follow this link and then click on the down arrow icon from the top track menu to download the high-resolution linear PCM wave file recorded at 44.1 kHz/16 bit for optimum sound quality.
Zip File  Download the zip-file containing the complete set of individual high-resolution audio track files and additional documentation about the session.
YouTube   View the YouTube video about this recording session.

"Watch You Sleep" - Brauner Phantom on Piano Watch You Sleep

Details

This is the isolated, unprocessed piano recording for the song "Watch You Sleep" by Any of Both. A spaced pair (AB) of Brauner Phantom condenser microphones was positioned just outside the Yamaha C7 grand piano. An additional alternative track was recorded simultaneously with a pair of AEA A840 phantom-powered ribbon microphones for comparison purposes. Recorded on May 30th, 2011 at Maarweg Studio 2 in Cologne, Germany.

Microphone: Brauner Phantom
Preamp: MCI JH-416
Recorder: Pro Tools HD at 44.1 kHz/24 Bit
Musician: Niko Faust

Music & Lyrics: David Schwager and Any of Both
Engineer: Wolfgang Stach and Niko Faust at Maarwegstudio 2, Cologne
Mixing: Julian David at Hemispheres Recording, Los Angeles
Mastering: Alex Kloss at Time Tools Mastering, Hannover
Publishing: Copyright Control
© Any Of Both / info@anyofboth.com
All rights of the producer and the owner of the recorded work reserved. Unauthorized copying, hiring, lending, public performance and broadcasting of this record prohibited.

SoundCloud  Streaming playback on SoundCloud is low resolution and heavily compressed. Follow this link and then click on the down arrow icon from the top track menu to download the high-resolution linear PCM wave file recorded at 44.1 kHz/16 bit for optimum sound quality.
Zip File  Download the zip-file containing the complete set of individual high-resolution audio track files and additional documentation about the session.
YouTube   View the YouTube video about this recording session.

"Watch You Sleep" - AEA R92 on Electric Guitar Watch You Sleep

Details

This is the isolated, unprocessed electric guitar recording for the song "Watch You Sleep" by Any of Both. An AEA R92 ribbon microphone was placed right at the grill of the Fender amp. Additional alternative tracks was recorded simultaneously using a Shure SM57 microphone and a Royer 121 microphone for comparison purposes. Recorded on May 30th, 2011 at Maarweg Studio 2 in Cologne, Germany.

Microphone: AEA R92
Preamp: Chandler TG2
Recorder: Pro Tools HD at 44.1 kHz/24 Bit
Musician: Chris Bauer

Music & Lyrics: David Schwager and Any of Both
Engineer: Wolfgang Stach and Niko Faust at Maarwegstudio 2, Cologne
Mixing: Julian David at Hemispheres Recording, Los Angeles
Mastering: Alex Kloss at Time Tools Mastering, Hannover
Publishing: Copyright Control
© Any Of Both / info@anyofboth.com
All rights of the producer and the owner of the recorded work reserved. Unauthorized copying, hiring, lending, public performance and broadcasting of this record prohibited.

SoundCloud  Streaming playback on SoundCloud is low resolution and heavily compressed. Follow this link and then click on the down arrow icon from the top track menu to download the high-resolution linear PCM wave file recorded at 44.1 kHz/16 bit for optimum sound quality.
Zip File  Download the zip-file containing the complete set of individual high-resolution audio track files and additional documentation about the session.
YouTube   View the YouTube video about this recording session.

"Watch You Sleep" - Royer 121 on Electric Guitar Watch You Sleep

Details

This is the isolated, unprocessed electric guitar recording for the song "Watch You Sleep" by Any of Both. A Royer 121 microphone was placed right at the grill of the Fender amp. Additional alternative tracks were recorded simultaneously using an AEA R92 microphone and a Shure SM57 microphone for comparison purposes. Recorded on May 30th, 2011 at Maarweg Studio 2 in Cologne, Germany.

Microphone: Royer 121
Preamp: John Hardy M-2
Recorder: Pro Tools HD at 44.1 kHz/24 Bit
Musician: Chris Bauer

Music & Lyrics: David Schwager and Any of Both
Engineer: Wolfgang Stach and Niko Faust at Maarwegstudio 2, Cologne
Mixing: Julian David at Hemispheres Recording, Los Angeles
Mastering: Alex Kloss at Time Tools Mastering, Hannover
Publishing: Copyright Control
© Any Of Both / info@anyofboth.com
All rights of the producer and the owner of the recorded work reserved. Unauthorized copying, hiring, lending, public performance and broadcasting of this record prohibited.

SoundCloud  Streaming playback on SoundCloud is low resolution and heavily compressed. Follow this link and then click on the down arrow icon from the top track menu to download the high-resolution linear PCM wave file recorded at 44.1 kHz/16 bit for optimum sound quality.
Zip File  Download the zip-file containing the complete set of individual high-resolution audio track files and additional documentation about the session.
YouTube   View the YouTube video about this recording session.

"Watch You Sleep" - Shure SM57 on Electric Guitar Watch You Sleep

Details

This is the isolated, unprocessed electric guitar recording for the song "Watch You Sleep" by Any of Both. An AEA R92 ribbon microphone was placed right at the grill of the Fender amp. Additional alternative tracks were recorded simultaneously using an AEA R92 microphone and a Royer 121 microphone for comparison purposes. Recorded on May 30th, 2011 at Maarweg Studio 2 in Cologne, Germany.

Microphone: Shure SM57
Preamp: Chandler TG2
Recorder: Pro Tools HD at 44.1 kHz/24 Bit
Musician: Chris Bauer

Music & Lyrics: David Schwager and Any of Both
Engineer: Wolfgang Stach and Niko Faust at Maarwegstudio 2, Cologne
Mixing: Julian David at Hemispheres Recording, Los Angeles
Mastering: Alex Kloss at Time Tools Mastering, Hannover
Publishing: Copyright Control
© Any Of Both / info@anyofboth.com
All rights of the producer and the owner of the recorded work reserved. Unauthorized copying, hiring, lending, public performance and broadcasting of this record prohibited.

SoundCloud  Streaming playback on SoundCloud is low resolution and heavily compressed. Follow this link and then click on the down arrow icon from the top track menu to download the high-resolution linear PCM wave file recorded at 44.1 kHz/16 bit for optimum sound quality.
Zip File  Download the zip-file containing the complete set of individual high-resolution audio track files and additional documentation about the session.
YouTube   View the YouTube video about this recording session.



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