New York, NY (July 14, 2010)–Professor and engineer Jim Anderson recorded a new live album from jazz legend Lee Konitz at New York’s Village Vanguard using Sanken microphones.
Anderson chose the Sanken CU-41 dual capsule condenser mic for Konitz’s alto sax and the stereo Sanken CUW-180 for the piano. “Sanken CU-41’s are my go-to microphones for sax, drum overheads, acoustic guitar, and electric guitar amplifiers,” explained Anderson, a professor at New York University’s Clive Davis Dept. of Recorded Music and Fellow and past president of the AES.
“It’s a microphone that is especially suited to Lee’s alto sax. On a previous recording with Lee [Strings for Holiday on Enja Records], the CU-41 did a remarkable job in the studio of capturing the subtle detail of Lee’s playing and I wanted to recreate that sound, live.”
Essential to the CU-41’s performance is its unique double condenser capsule design. The CU-41 consists of two condenser capsules, one of small and one of large diameter. The small capsule picks up the upper range of audio frequencies and the large one picks up the lower range.
Konitz is considered one of the driving forces of the Cool Jazz movement that evolved in the 1940s and 1950s. He has been very prolific, recording dozens of albums as a band leader, and has also recorded or performed with Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, Ornette Coleman, Charles Mingus, Gerry Mulligan, Elvin Jones and others.
“The dual-capsule stereo CUW-180 was perfect for piano and worked out well for this album because we recorded live to a stereo 2-track mix,” remarked Anderson. “In a live recording, where leakage can be an issue, using the CUW-180 gave me excellent focus on the piano, while the off-axis pick-up was what I like to call ‘good leakage’–leakage that doesn’t detract from the final mix. I’ve been a longtime user of Sanken microphones and I find that the off-axis quality of their products to be excellent.”