Joe Chicarelli in Sunset Sound's Studio 3Los Angeles, CA (July 27, 2010)--Engineer Joe Chiccarelli maintains an affinity for retro-styled recording gear, especially his new pair of Electrodyne 511 equalizers from Pete's Place Audio.
"Ken Hirsch at Orphan Audio had initially told me about wanting to build these 500 Series modules a while back, so when I heard from Peter Montessi that they were actually in production, I told him that if they sounded anything even remotely close to the vintage units that I absolutely needed a pair," says Chiccarelli. "I've always loved working on old Electrodyne consoles and modules because they have this beautiful, thick '70s kind of tone.
"The new 511s did not disappoint me in the least--I love them! Ken really captured that cool, old school Electrodyne vibe in a 500 Series module. I've found that it can be used very subtly; or, if I really want to crank it, I can turn it up full throttle and it sounds fantastic. It doesn't sound phase-shifty or ugly--it's very smooth. So it's been great for things that I want to make sound big and aggressive, like a snare or kick drum. In fact, I think I've used them on snare and kick for literally every project I've recorded lately."
Chiccarelli was working in Studio 3 at Sunset Sound in Hollywood when he first took delivery of the two EQ modules. He notes that fellow producer/mixer Rich Costey was working in an adjacent studio at the time. "As soon as I got them, I told Rich that he really needed to check them out, so he 'temporarily' borrowed them for his session and wouldn't give them back!" he laughs. "Thankfully, Peter brought me replacements."
Since purchasing his Electrodynes, Chiccarelli has put them to good use on new albums for Minus The Bear, The Strokes, Young The Giant (formerly The Jakes) and Adam Stephens (Two Gallants), among others.
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