Burbank CA (June 1, 2005)–Los Angeles-based recording engineer and technician Khaliq Glover, who operates under the name Khaliq-O-Vision, and longtime associate Dave Hampton have been working on a forthcoming project featuring Herbie Hancock. With sessions taking place in Los Angeles at Hancock’s own Garage Sale Recording studio, Glover has pressed a number of Royer Labs microphones into service, including the R-122 Active Series phantom powered ribbon microphone as well as the SF-24 phantom powered stereo ribbon microphone.
Glover in the studio with a Royer mic
The as-yet-untitled album will include a number of prominent artists joining Hancock, including Santana, Sting, and Alicia Keys. According to Glover, “This project began in the latter part of 2004 and, for the most part, we’re at the stage now where we’re focusing most of our efforts on mixing, overdubs, and other final touches. We’re aiming for a mid-May release and, so far, this looks pretty realistic. I’m not able to say too much at present, but there is an affiliation with Starbucks’ Hear Music venture.”
While obviously enthusiastic about both the R-122 and the SF-24 microphones, Glover was particularly impressed with the R-122’s performance when used on Hancock’s piano. “Herbie has a 9-foot Fazioli grand piano that is a tremendously expressive instrument,” said Glover. “I’ve tried numerous mics with the piano, and I keep coming back to the two Royer R-122s because they do an incredible job capturing the piano’s sound and every little nuance of Herbie’s performance. Being a figure-8 microphone, the R-122 enables me to get a good balance between the direct sound from the strings and soundboard as well as the indirect signal that bounces off the piano’s lid.”
Donny Hathaway’s classic A Song For You is among the new album’s tracks that Herbie Hancock fans can look forward to. Glover noted, “I used the Royer mics on this song, which will include performances by both Herbie and Alicia Keys.”
Glover’s background includes serving as an apprentice at Kenny Rogers’ Lion Share Studios during the early 80s. From there, he went on to become a first engineer on records by Jermaine Jackson, Donna Summer, Kenny Rogers, and Jeffrey Osborne, and he was one of the engineers on Quincy Jones’ We Are The World project. In 2002, Glover won a Grammy for his work on bassist Marcus Miller’s album, M2. Currently, he is also working with Prince.
The Royer R-122 is a phantom powered, active ribbon microphone. The R-122’s ribbon microphone technology addresses two major issues common to conventional ribbon microphones–gain and impedance matching. The R-122 contains fully balanced, discrete head amplifier systems utilizing ultra-low noise FETs. The system is said to be extremely quiet, can handle 135 dB SPL, and allows the microphone’s ribbon to deliver a sensitivity of -38 dB.