Los Angeles, CA (March 30, 2009)–Session drummer Curt Bisquera, a veteran player who’s worked with Elton John, Mick Jagger, Celine Dion, Tom Petty, Johnny Cash, Ricky Martin, Tina Turner, Bonnie Raitt and many others, recently added two A-Designs P-1 preamplifier modules and two new BAC-500 compressors in an effort to create “super-deliciousness,” he says.
“Kirkee B.”, as he’s sometimes known, is now regularly using half of his 500 Series modules to preamplify and compress an Audio-Technica PRO37 room mic that ultimately feeds into a Pro Tools system at his own Black Couch Studios in Westlake Village. “Going from the PRO37 to the P-1 to the BAC-500 and direct to Pro Tools is a super-clean signal path for super-deliciousness,” he says. “A lot of mix engineers like to have a compressed channel of the drums that they can sneak into the mix to give it a fuller, fatter live sound, and the combination of the P-1 and BAC-500 is really incredible for that. That pairing is a classic–like Lennon and McCartney, or Lewis and Martin–they’re just perfect together.”
Bisquera had initially been exposed to A-Designs through Tony Shepperd, an engineer/producer friend who had recorded his own band, the Bisquera Brothers, several years ago. “Tony introduced me to the Pacifica, which really turned me on,” he says. “Seeing that the P-1 basically put the Pacifica’s mojo into a 500 Series format, I knew that’s what I wanted to use as my mic pre.
“When I spoke with Peter Montessi at A-Designs about purchasing a P-1, I mentioned that I was also in the market for a compressor. He suggested that I try out the new Brad Avenson-designed BAC-500 from Pete’s Place and tell him what I thought of it. So I took one with me, set it up with the P-1 back at my place and was floored. It surpassed every other compressor I had tried out, and I thought ‘okay, that’s it, I’m done. If I have a P-1 and a BAC-500, I’m good to go.'”