El Segundo, CA (July 22, 2005)–Steve Lintz, owner/operator of Boston’s Bang Recording, recently took delivery of MXL’s new V6 Silicon Valve condenser microphone. A producer, engineer, mixer, and musician, Lintz, his new V6, and Bang Recording are currently wrapping up production for a new album release with New England-based rockers September Twilight.
“I took delivery of the V6 about two months ago,” noted Lintz, “and I’ve been really impressed with the versatility of the microphone. September Twilight is one of the most successful bands coming out of New England. The band has a very melodic, hard rock style–with vocalist Bill Bloom contributing a large part to the band’s unique sound. I used the V6 extensively on Bill’s vocals and even during rough mixing and tracking, I was getting all sorts of compliments on the sound of this microphone.”
To capture Bloom’s vocals, Lintz patched the V6 into a Trident S20 2-channel mic preamp and slightly compressed the signal with an Alan Smart C1 Dual/Stereo Compressor. From there, signal was routed directly to Steinberg’s Nuendo hard disk recording system.
“Using this combination, I got an absolutely huge and present vocal sound,” noted Lintz. “The V6 has this incredible, ultra-detailed midrange with a really nice, open, airy high end. And there’s no big boomy proximity effect to deal with. I can have the vocalist get right up on the mic, and I never have to cut mud out like you frequently encounter with other microphones.”
In addition to vocal recording, Lintz finds the V6 to be spot on for use as a drum room microphone. “The V6 does a great job of capturing the smack of the snare and toms,” said Lintz, “so I’ve been able to get a really nice, well imaged drum sound. It really handles a drum’s sharp attack transients well–without skewing the sound. The mic exhibits a nice upper mid range with a clear, strong high end. It delivers tons of detail.”
Lintz has also used the V6 for recording acoustic guitar. “For another project, I used the V6 on a really nice Martin acoustic,” he shared. “I tend to use two mics for acoustic guitar, but for some reason, I placed a single V6 at about the 12th fret and roughly 3 inches away from the guitar. With acoustics, you’ve always got to be careful not to pick up too much boom from the sound hole. If you pick that up, it’s very difficult to get rid of and, frequently, the guitar will end up sounding thin after-the-fact. With the V6, I never once encountered this situation. The mic did a great job of capturing the string attack. It delivered an absolutely gorgeous sound.
“I found that, not just with the guitar, but with all the applications I’ve used it on, the V6 really cuts through the mix. This mic has a commanding presence. With a lot of microphones, you record and then you fix it with EQ. The V6 is not a fix it mic–that’s what I like about it.”
MXL’s V6 Silicon Valve is a large diaphragm, cardioid condenser microphone said to provide the sound of a tube without the noise and drawbacks of multiple cables and external power supplies. The unique design employs solid-state FET amplifier techniques to simulate what tubes do naturally. The V6 comes complete with a microphone clip and a wood storage case.
Bang Recording is currently in the process of relocating to the greater Los Angeles, CA area, but keep up with them by visiting www.bangrecording.com.