Los Angeles, CA/Stow, OH (August 15, 2005)–Engineers on staff at The Record Plant report that Audio-Technica microphones have been especially instrumental in capturing the Record Plant sound on recent hit albums. Recorded at The Record Plant, Kanye West’s The College Dropout featured AT4050 and AT4060 as main vocal mics, and John Legend’s solo album and performance for West’s album, employed the AT4060 and AT3060 on his piano.
Record Plant engineers also recently chose A-T microphones for much of the recording of recordings by the Pussycat Dolls. Shown (l-r) are Mike Eleopoulos, Jun Ishizeki, Anthony Kilhoffer, Rose Mann-Cherney, J.D. Andrew and Franny Graham at the Record Plant, which employs a wide array of Audio-Technica microphones. Photo by Maureen Droney.
“The AT4050 is what I used for most of Kanye’s vocals,” said Record Plant staff engineer Jun Ishizeki. “It has a slight but very effective bump in the upper-midrange that’s right where many engineers start to push, so it really enhances the vocal at that critical point. At the same time, the AT4050 is a very flat-response microphone, so you’re always getting the actual sound of the singer, not the curve of the microphone itself. I love that combination.”
Staff engineer Mike Eleopoulos has found a favorite in the ATM25. “I will use that microphone on a kick drum, on toms, on electric guitar, on bass–it’s an amazing all-purpose microphone,” he remarked. “I used it on the Pussycat Dolls record, with Ron Fair producing and Tal Herzberg as Pro Tools engineer. On the kick, I placed it inside the drum–it produces the perfect combination of attack and low end. With the ATM25, you get the full-range sound of the drum without having to resort to drastic EQ.” Eleopoulos said he was turned on to the ATM25 by engineer and producer Ed Cherney, who uses it on toms in conjunction with the ATM23 on the snare. “He told me that he had finally found a microphone that he could just put up and go with, no massive tuning and EQ,” Eleopoulos added. “In our world, word-of-mouth is the best recommendation a product can get, and the A-T microphones get plenty of comments.”
Anthony Kilhoffer, also a staff engineer at the Record Plant, said he’s a huge fan of the ATM25, as well. “It has a great-sounding bump at around 60 Hz that really suits low-frequency instruments like kick and bass,” he explained. “But I’ll use it on almost anything–I had it on acoustic guitars on one project and on the horns for the Black Eyed Peas record.”
Kilhoffer also worked on the Kanye West recording, and found that vocals responded well to the AT4060, but he was especially excited by the results he got when he used the phantom-powered AT3060 cardioid tube microphone on John Legend’s piano, both for West’s album and for Legend’s solo recording. The AT3060’s side-address configuration allowed him to position two of the mics as a stereo pair above the hammers, and another AT3060 underneath the piano to gather the resonant ambience. “The sound was incredible, rich and full,” Kilhoffer affirmed.
The Record Plant’s well-known manager, Rose Mann-Cherney, concluded, “We always look to match the client’s needs and personality with the right engineer, and the engineer in turn chooses the mics that are the right match for the project.”
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