Nashville, TN (September 14, 2006)–For recent projects with Vince Gill, Joan Osborne and Mindy Smith, engineer Neal Cappellino has been digging the latest version of Geoffrey Daking & Co’s mic-pre/EQ. The Vince Gill project (which includes a duet with Diana Krall) will be featured on Gill’s forthcoming four-CD box set of all-new material, These Days, due on MCA Records in October.
Neal Cappellino in the studioCappellino purchased a pair of Daking Mic-Pre/EQ units earlier in the year after using some of the earlier models on various projects. “I had the opportunity to use them a few times and I liked the combination of the mic pre design and the EQ,” he said. “It has become a go-to mic preamp for me.”
Cappellino’s discography includes engineering for Brad Paisley, Alison Krauss, Dolly Parton, and India.Arie album projects. He also engineered and mixed The Company We Keep by the Del McCoury Band, which won the 2005 Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album. Indeed, he shared, “I do my share of bluegrass and acoustic-based music in Nashville. The Daking Mic-Pre/EQ has a real clarity and responds well to transients, but also offers a robust low-end so it’s great on everything from drums to mandolin to vocals. Really very versatile, and the EQ section is responsive and musical.”
Acquiring the two Mic-Pre/EQs in time for the Mindy Smith and Joan Osborne recording projects also allowed him to get the most out of his current favorite transducers. “Ribbon mics have been more prevalent in my palette recently,” he explained. “And for those particular transducers it helps to have high-gain mic pres that are fast and clear. I also prefer the transformer-based input and output design for many applications. It’s such a versatile preamp, it has to be in my arsenal.”
Daking’s mic preamp and four-band equalizer combines all-discrete transistor circuitry and transformer-balanced inputs and outputs in a Class A amplifier that is reminiscent of the classic Trident A Range mixing console, renowned for its sound by many top engineers. An admirer of legendary engineer and producer Ken Scott, Cappellino counts himself among enthusiasts of the A Range sound. “I read an article where Ken Scott talked about Trident Studios and the Trident console, and what that meant to him in recording. What he had to say resonated with me. It coincided with why I reach for a preamp like the Daking–Class A, transformer-balanced, fast, high gain–that’s all a big part of it. I have been such a fan of Ken Scott’s work, so it was a moment of synchronicity.”
Two recent projects utilizing the Daking Mic-Pre/EQs have been career highlights for the engineer. “Recording Vince Gill and Diana Krall is a highlight, as is the Joan Osborne record,” he said. “Those are artists whose records I’ve just devoured for years, and then to work with them was a treat.” These Days was produced by engineer Justin Niebank and keyboard player John Hobbs. Osborne’s album, her first for Vanguard, will be released later this year or in early 2007.
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