Dave Weckl equipped his
L.A. studio with 13
channels of Daking mic
preamps and a pair of
Las Vegas, NV (March 24, 2009)–Geoffrey Daking started his career as the drummer with ’60s psychedelic rock band the Blues Magoos before going on to design and manufacture music-recording equipment. Today’s drummers are integrating Geoffrey Daking & Co. microphone preamps, equalizers and compressors into their recording setups, including, most recently, Dave Weckl, as well as Billy Ward and manufacturer Drum Workshop.
Jazz-fusion drummer Weckl equipped his Los Angeles studio with 13 channels of Daking mic preamps and a pair of compressors. “I have five Mic Pre/EQs, for kick, two snares and overheads, and two Mic Pre IVs for toms, room and anything else I record. I also have two of his FET Compressor IIs,” reports Weckl, who, in addition to leading a band and maintaining a busy schedule as a sideman, also offers a “tracks by mail” service for artists worldwide. “Being that I will generally not mix the song, I want to insure that the client gets ‘my’ sound right out of the box. The Daking gear allows that to happen, allowing me to tailor the EQ and compression going in to the files. This way, all they pretty much have to do is put up the faders and the sound is there for a great starting drum sound.”
Founder Don Lombardi, who originally started Drum Workshop as a teaching institute, has now established Drum Channel, a video-based web destination for the drumming community. Drum Channel films instructional videos, master classes, interviews and concerts featuring a who’s who of top drummers at its HD video studio in Oxnard, California. At the sound stage, says Scott Donnell, director of marketing for Drum Workshop, Inc., “We have eight channels of Daking Mic Pre IVs. We also have two of the FET Compressor IIs. We use those on stereo overheads a lot of the time.”
The Digidesign Pro Tools-equipped facility includes a variety of analog signal processing equipment, continues Donnell. “In today’s recording world,” he adds, “everybody is trying to warm the digital signals up. Since we’re using a control surface we’re not getting any tone out of a mixing console. So having the Daking stuff here is saving our butts!”
As it turns out, Billy Ward, who has been using the equipment since the early 1990s, is responsible for originally turning both Weckl and Drum Workshop on to Daking. “Not only them, but also Bruce Gaitsch, Richard Marx, Jack Petruzzelli, and a whole lot of people,” laughs Ward, an avid educator, as well as a busy session drummer and leader of the Billy Ward Trio. “My studio started with four Daking mic pres and four mics, to record drums for composers and records and to keep me from traveling.” Now, in addition to also owning the first eight-channel mixer that Daking manufactured, he says, “I have eight channels of his mic pres and five limiters. I love Geoff’s stuff.
Daking is distributed by TransAudio Group.