Music mixer Barton Michael Chiate has been using Bricasti Research Model 7 Stereo Reverb Processors on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”Boston, MA (September 15, 2008)–Emmy-winning Jimmy Kimmel has turned Jimmy Kimmel Live into ABC Television’s late-night talk show franchise, hosting celebrities, athletes, comedians, politicians and human-interest subjects on a daily basis. Music mixer Barton Michael Chiate has been using Bricasti Research Model 7 Stereo Reverb Processors to add ambience to otherwise dry-sounding sources on the show.
Jimmy Kimmel Live originates from Disney’s El Capitan Entertainment Center, located on Hollywood Boulevard in the heart of L.A.’s Walk of Fame, with a specially-constructed, performance stage to showcase music acts. Jimmy Kimmel Live is shot in front of a live studio audience and produced by Jackhole Industries in association with ABC Studios.
Chiate first heard the Model 7 at the NAMM Convention two years ago. “I was looking for a powerful reverb system for my TV mixing and recording projects, and the Model 7 blew me away. I decided on the spot that I had to have one! Unfortunately, the prototype I’d heard was the only unit in existence, and it resided at Boston Symphony Hall. Bricasti graciously arranged for me to borrow it for a week to finish a recording project. I purchased the very first production model. I won’t use anything else on my projects. The Model 7 has the smoothest sounding reverb tails I have ever heard–its decay is just so natural! For Jimmy Kimmel Live, the M7 is my first choice for vocals, drums, guitar and horns.”
Chiate uses three interlinked Yamaha 02R96 digital consoles to mix music for the show, with a 48-track Steinberg Nuendo DAW and a Tascam X48 for multitrack backups.
In addition to mixing sound for Jimmy Kimmel Live during the week, Chiate handles a number of recording sessions for such artists as Pepe Romero, a best-selling classical-guitar virtuoso. “I have been working with Pepe for a number of years,” the producer/engineer explains, “and needed a great-sounding reverb to liven up tracks and match ambiences. The past two projects were recorded in Pepe’s condo in Del Mar, California. We wanted to use the sanctuary at the Mission San Luis Rey, Oceanside [south of Los Angeles], which offers a wonderful ambiance, but Pepe’s schedule made that impractical. After we were done editing, I decided to use the Mission as a natural reverb. I played the album back through a loudspeaker out into the sanctuary and miked the reverberant sound. The Mission’s sanctuary is quite large and offers a very long RT60. It sounded great, but the guitar didn’t seem to naturally sit inside the space. To provide a mid-size ambiance I turned to the Bricasti Model 7. It provided the perfect ‘glue’ that bonded the instrument and the room together.”