New York, NY (February 28, 2006)–Recording engineer George Cowan recently put a variety of Sennheiser manufactured and distributed products to use on a series of dates for a new solo album by singer/songwriter Eric Hutchinson. Accompanying Hutchinson on the road, the engineer took along a compact, portable recording setup that included Neumann and Sennheiser microphones and TRUE Systems microphone preamplifiers to record vocals, piano and acoustic guitar.
Singer/songwriter Eric Hutchinson “It’s a live CD, recorded in Philadelphia, New York City and Chicago,” said Cowan of Hutchinson’s …Before I Sold Out, a seven-song disc released last year. Available online at Hutchinson’s website or at his live shows, the disc will most likely be the last independent release from the young Maryland-born musician, who, Cowan revealed, has signed to Maverick Records.
“I used the Neumann KMS 105 on Eric’s vocals,” reported Cowan, whose experience includes radio and television as well as studio–he was formerly chief engineer at Bearsville, near Woodstock–and remote recording. He also tours as a front-of-house engineer and tour manager with artists such as Joe Jackson (with whom Hutchinson shares management), Natalie Merchant and Joan Baez. “On Eric’s acoustic guitar I used a Sennheiser Evolution Series e 614, which I was very happy with,” he added.
Four Evolution Series e 914 condenser microphones were utilized to capture the audience. “I also used the Neumann dummy head, ‘Fritz.’ That was interesting. We put Fritz in the audience, near the soundboard,” he said of the KU 100 model human head with microphone elements located inside its replica ears that produces highly realistic binaural stereo. “I recorded from the stage, with a splitter. In only one of the three venues did I have a separate control room. At the other two venues I was on the stage.”
All eight microphones were recorded into Cowan’s laptop via a TRUE Systems Precision 8. The compact, multichannel unit was chosen for the transparency of its sound, he shares. “Plus, the size of the package–eight mic pres in one package–fits nicely into my rack.”
The Precision 8 is designed and built by Sunrise Engineering, a design and build manufacturer located in Tucson, Arizona. Neumann distributes TRUE Systems in the U.S.