Chicago, IL (January 24, 2006)–Chris Shepard, studio manager for Chicago Recording Company, has captured some of the largest music festivals of 2005, including Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits, and Vegoose, with his remote studio–a recording rig that features 48 channels of TRUE Systems preamps straight to Pro Tools|HD and Radar 24s for backup.
Chris Shepard with his mobile recording rigOn the TRUE Systems preamps, Shepard commented, “I’m sold on these things. For the cost you can’t beat them. I like the sound when you really gain them up; that sound when you really turn something up loud and it’s not just loud, it has gain to it. So I ride them as hot as I can before clip. I really like them.”
Chicago Recording Company has also installed TRUE System microphone preamps in several of it’s ‘thirteen and growing’ studio facility. “Many of the engineers have also purchased these pres once they’ve had a chance to use them,” said Shepard. “When we were doing some of the Coldplay record here at CRC, I turned the production team on to them and they loved them.”
The Elvis Costello recording sessions for the The Delivery Man CD made extensive use of his TRUE Systems analog mic preamps, said Shepard, whose seven-case fly-pack goes wherever he goes. Costello’s album of southern soul and country-tinged songs was recorded very quickly in Oxford, Mississippi at producer Dennis Herring’s Sweet Tea Studio. It also includes a bonus five-track disc recorded at Delta Recording Studio in Clarksdale, Mississippi. “The single, ‘Monkey to Man’ was recorded in Clarksdale,” recalled Shepard. “I think we recorded the whole thing with eight microphones, and it ended up being the single.”
Shepard’s TRUE Systems preamps were also part of the gear arsenal used for tracking and mixing Costello’s Grammy nominated DVD, Club Date Live In Memphis with band mates Steve Naïve on keys, bass player Davey Faragher and drummer Pete Thomas. The 5.1 surround mix was done later in studio 5 at CRC.
The mobile studio setup, a remote complement to Chicago Recording Company, has allowed Shepard to offer recordings and production services wherever the artists’ whims take them, including some pretty unconventional locations. And Shepard feels that the TRUE preamps ensure top-quality productions regardless of location. “It’s all about standing on the front line of where music is today and being able capture the bands TRUE sound,” he added.
The Precision 8 is designed and built by Sunrise Engineering, a design and build manufacturer located in Tucson, Arizona. Neumann distributes TRUE Systems in the U.S.