Nashville, TN (March 31, 2010)--Award-winning producer and multi-instrumentalist Nathan Chapman recently purchased the CLASP (Closed Loop Analog Signal Processor) system.
Chapman recently garnered an Album of the Year Grammy for his work on Taylor Swift's album, Fearless, and has twice won nominations for Producer of the Year by the ACM. He has recorded as a multi-instrumentalist for artists, including Trisha Yearwood and John Oates, written songs recorded by Martina McBride and other hit country artists, and produced artists ranging from Jewel to Point of Grace.
CLASP was developed, invented, manufactured and is exclusively distributed by Nashville-based Endless Analog. Chapman says that CLASP gives him the ability to tap into analog warmth on his classic MCI 24-track deck and still have all the speed and convenience of his Pro Tools DAW.
"The thing that put me over the edge would be the direct monitoring," he explains. "When you hook up the CLASP system, the singer is hearing their vocal instantaneously. You're not dealing with converting in and out of Pro Tools and the latency you get from that. It's miniscule latency, but it's significant enough to make a singer uncomfortable. This totally eliminates that; it's just easier to sing, it's easier to play, and that's a really good thing."
He continues, "The vintage microphones, pre amps, compressors that we love [were] designed to hit tape and have that color added to it. You have to hit tape [or else] you take away one [critical] ingredient that the original designer intended. I find that my preamps and my compressors open up and they sound better when they're getting the tape 'love.' The really important thing that CLASP is bringing to modern recording is helping vintage gear sound like it's supposed to."