Chicago, IL (March 22, 2007)–In recent years, engineer Chris Shepard has become a sought-after remote recordist, capturing many high-profile festivals, including Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo and Austin City Limits. As the miles pile up, so does the track count of his remote rig, grown from a modest 16, 32, 40 and now passing 48. Chris recently added two more eight-channel TRUE Systems Precision 8 preamps to his existing rack and expanded his Pro Tools HD and Radar redundant backup systems, bringing his track count to 64.
Chris Shepard’s CMIX Mobile Recording Studio used 64 channels of TRUE Precision Mic Pre to record the Irish Choir at Trinity Cathedral in Cleveland, Ohio for Third Wave Productions.Shepard placed the Precision 8 preamps at the front of his signal chain after comparing and contrasting ten different ‘A class’ preamps. “No matter what I put the Precision 8 up against, it won,” Shepard assured.
Several other features recommended the Precision 8. “On the practical side, it has split outputs,” Shepard explained. “So I can run one signal to my primary Pro Tools rig and the second to my backup system. On the aesthetic side, the TRUE Systems preamps reveal great detail, and with the very low noise floor, allowing me to meaningfully take advantage of the higher 96kHz and 192kHz sampling rates when we have a gig with low track counts. The sound of those recordings is astounding.”
Shepard’s recordings and mixes range from HBO Comedy Specials to independent label recordings for CD or DVD release, such as Panic at the Disco, Academy Is, Taking Back Sunday, The Tossers, Elvis Costello and Allen Toussaint, Paul Stanley, Jackson Brown, and more. In the upcoming season, Shepard has been asked to come back for his fourth year at Bonnaroo Music Festival in Tennessee. He also looks forward to recording performances again at Austin City Limits Music Festival, Lollapalooza in Chicago, and at Vegoose over Halloween in Las Vegas.
With all that travel, Shepard’s fly cases have faced some dramatic abuse. “Part of the reason why I wanted to fill out the system with even more Precision 8s is because they’ve proven remarkably road-worthy,” he noted. “In all the years and miles I’ve been using them, I have not had a single problem. No flaws or glitches. Not a one. And these units get bounced around, kicked, and on one occasion… dropped. One time the entire rack was tipped and fell flat on its face. We’re talking serious hits!”
The 64-track system has been up and running for a few months now, and Shepard has already had several occasions to go past his previous 48-track limitation. Most recently, he recorded the Irish choir Anuna at the massive Trinity Cathedral in Cleveland, Ohio for Third Wave Productions. With all the individual wireless microphones for the singers and the orchestra along with enough room mics to cover all the field for a surround mix, 64 tracks was just enough.