Nashville, TN (February 7, 2006)–Most recording engineers have a favorite piece of equipment that’s a must-have at every session. For Nashville-based engineer Eric Legg, it’s the mic pre/EQ by Geoffrey Daking & Co., Inc. Legg, who’s reportedly used the mic pre/EQ on every tracking session for the last 10 years, recently purchased the new 4-channel Daking Mic Pre IV.
“This new four-banger box is really, really cool,” said Legg, whose studio credits include sessions with Martina McBride, Willie Nelson and the Dixie Chicks. “That’s a punchy, punchy mic pre, if you’re interested in that kind of in-your-face sound. I’ve never heard anything better for guitar and drums.”
On his two channels of mic pre/EQ, Legg commented, “I’ve not used anything else on kick and snare in the last ten or eleven years. The Dixie Chicks ‘Wide Open Spaces’ is all Daking. There’s not a record that I’ve done where I haven’t had at least kick and snare through those pres, including the new Lari White, and Billy Dean recent records.”
Of the new Mic-Pre IV, Legg said that it has performed so impressively during the four weeks he’s been using it that two colleagues have also purchased the unit, including Nashville session guitar player, Brent Mason. He first heard it on an album session Legg was engineering for Michael Peterson.
“Brent asked what I was using on his guitar,” recalled Legg. “He came in and asked, ‘What’s different? It’s astounding. The low end is big and thick.’ I was just using a stock SM 57 mic into that pre, then through a stock black face Urei 1176 compressor. He was blown away by the sound. He said he’s never heard his guitar sound that good, so he went and bought one.”
Mason, an award-winning guitar player who has appeared on Nashville-produced releases by artists such as Alabama, George Strait, Willie Nelson, Shania Twain, Aaron Neville, Trisha Yearwood, Randy Travis and Neil Diamond, is now recording a new solo album of instrumental music with his brother, according to Legg. “I’m supposed to be mixing the record. The Daking Mic-Pre IV is the only mic pre they’re using, for bass and all the guitars and everything.”
Legg, who rents studio space at local drum rental and cartage company Drum Paradise, even borrowed Mason’s Mic-Pre IV for one recent session. “I used his and mine combined at a tracking session I did a couple of weeks ago, and loaded them up with drums.”
The engineer has been busy, having just finished three album projects late last year. “I was working 18 hours a day, seven days a week. Thanksgiving was my first day off in three-and-a-half weeks. That’s the life of an engineer. But it’s nice to be doing something I love.”
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