New York City (August 20, 2004)–As the recording business continues to transition to a fully digital paradigm there are still those who prefer to maintain an analog signal chain in the studio. One such diehard analog fan is engineer and musician Jack McKeever, who recently installed Geoffrey Daking’s 1112 custom console at his project facility in Manhattan’s lower east side after hearing about the designer and manufacturer.
“I think what drew me to this console was that in this group there was so little to choose from,” McKeever explained. “The nice thing was that the audio dealer told me about Geoff Daking. I had no idea who he was. I called Geoff and out of the blue he sent me a couple of mic pres and said, ‘Try them for a while and see what you think.'”
McKeever’s Daking 1112 custom console is configured with 32 inputs, the standard eight busses, and is outfitted with Daking’s multitrack monitor mixer, which returns 24 tracks into the desk. Daking’s 1112 features class “A” discrete topology and Jensen transformers, and also shares elements of Daking’s highly regarded Mic/Pre EQ circuitry.
The biggest project at the studio so far has been Rufus Wainwright’s Want One album, on which McKeever worked for three months. Wainwright and his team were quickly won over by the quality of the Daking console’s mic preamps. As the engineer reported, “They originally rented some other mic pres, then sent them all back, one by one.”
McKeever also has a full Digidesign Pro Tools HD setup and noted that “a fair amount of my business is warming up to Pro Tools mixes through the console on their way to the half-inch tape recorder. And while I use analog whenever I can, I enjoy hybrid analog-digital setups.”
And, plenty of recording projects arrive at the studio as word has gotten around New York’s music community. “Patty Smith was here for a week–her engineer told me about my studio when I first met him! There’s a lot of commercial work that gets done here, but it’s all word of mouth and low key.” Currently, he revealed, “I’m working on the new Anita O’Day record. She’s 84 years old and she still swings.”
All Daking gear can now be ordered directly from TransAudio Group by either calling (702) 365-5155 or going to www.transaudioelite.com the direct-sales website for TransAudio Group.
TransAudio Group, Inc.