Los Angeles, CA (December 1, 2008)-Engineer/producer Chris Spilfogel, who has worked on a wide range of pop/R&B CDs and motion-picture soundtrack projects, acquired the fifth Bricasti Design Model 7 stereo reverb processor.
“I need a reverb that can act as the ‘glue’ for my mixes,” he says. “The new Bricasti Design Model 7 is just what I need. As soon as I heard the M7 at the AES Convention in San Francisco two years ago, I was hooked; I knew that I needed one for all my projects.”
Spilfogel divides his time between record projects and mixing film scores. Recent sessions include new albums for Michael Bolton and Jojo, plus soundtrack music for a pair of Paramount Pictures’ offerings: Snowflakes and NowhereLand, for director Karey Kirkpatrick and starring Eddie Murphy. Other projects completed with the Model 7 reverb include albums for Sugarland, Timbaland, Jennifer Hudson and Beyonce, plus film soundtracks for Dreamgirls, Hairspray, Marc Pease Experience and Repo! The Genetic Opera. Previously, Spilfogel spent several years as session engineer for Randy Spendlove, then president of Miramax Soundtracks, working on both music for the division’s movies and Spendlove’s music projects.
“What I like best about the Model 7 reverb is that it adds a three-dimensional quality to a track,” Spilfogel enthuses. “During my evaluations I listened to a guitar track through the M7–it provided the instant ‘glue’ I’d been looking for to place the instrument into the mix. Early reflections, in particular, can cause problems for most reverb units, but the Model 7 is outstanding in that respect–it adds ‘fullness’ and reality that I haven’t heard with other stereo processors in this price range.”
Spilfogel uses the Short Room programs with early reflections for drums–“That is a major test for any reverb unit,” he says. “I also use that program on vocals to add depth and a left-right spatial dimension. The Halls sound beautiful, and produce really nice results. Chambers are also very powerful. And I like the fact that the M7 is a true stereo reverb with stereo in and stereo out.” Spilfogel concludes, “I need two Model 7s–one that I can use with Short Rooms and the other for larger Halls and the rest.”