Isle of White, UK (June 16, 2010)–UK film and TV composer Andy Gray recently took delivery of a Solid State Logic X-Rack modular rack system.
“I bought the X-Rack for drum tracking,” he says. “I was looking for a mic pre to add color, edge and punch for drums, so I bought eight channels of the VHD [Variable Harmonic Drive] pre. I tend to track with the VHD and the LMC compressor on, and then drive the input hard so you still have to trim your levels in Pro Tools. You end up with a sound that’s like you have hit an old desk hard. The TotalRecall helps me make a quick start on drum set-ups as well, and I use it a lot.”
“Also, I only use vintage mics,” Andy continues, referring to his collection of rare and classic microphones. “That means I need a good mic pre as some ribbons have a low output. X-Rack doesn’t add any unwanted noise, which is perfect. This is the other side of X-Rack: it’s super clean. It’s great to have that, although the dirty settings are what I really love about it!”
Gray, whose screen credits include everything from the Big Brother theme tune to Hollywood films like Swordfish, has also enjoyed success as a remixer, having worked on tracks by the likes of Madonna and U2. He is also a producer for many bands, including electronic rockers Enter Shikari. He is currently producing Hard-Fi’s third album, due for release later this year.
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