Los Angeles, CA (September 8, 2010)–Justin Stanley engineered the latest Eric Clapton recording, Clapton, with the help of his Royer Labs microphones.
“I first discovered Royer mics when I was engineering and mixing the soundtrack for the film Friday Night Lights,” said Stanley, a producer, engineer and musician. “That soundtrack served as a template for a lot of sports documentaries and the TV series of the same name. I used as many Royer R-121s as I could get my hands on and used them on everything.”
Since that time, Stanley has used Royer Labs microphones on every session he’s been involved with, including the recent Sheryl Crow release, 100 Miles From Memphis, (#1 Billboard, Top Rock Albums), which he co-produced with Doyle Bramhill II and engineered. Other recent successes include vocalist Nikka Costa’s 2008 release, Pebble to a Pearl, British musician/vocalist Jamie Lidell’s Jim, as well as a project with two-time Grammy Award winner Ben Harper.
Stanley’s Royer microphone arsenal includes an R-121 mono ribbon microphone, two R-122 Active Ribbon microphones, and an SF-24 stereo active ribbon microphone. He reports that his R-121 is his favorite for miking guitar cabinets, though he also uses it on hi-hats and ride cymbals when he needs extra detail from the drum kit. He also uses his two R-122 microphones for recording drums.
Of all his microphones, Stanley has a clear preference for his Royer SF-24V. “The SF-24V is an amazing microphone,” he explained. “It’s my new discovery. I recorded a 23-piece string section at AIR studios for the Clapton record and ended up using just three mics–two Neumann M50’s as a spaced stereo pair and the SF-24V sitting behind the conductor positioned at a height of about eight feet. The SF-24V pulled the strings towards me like they were being sucked to the front of the speakers. The detail is amazing.”
Clapton is released September 28.