London, UK (September 15, 2010)--Recording engineer James Stone is in the studio with new indie band fiN and Focusrite OctoPre MkII Dynamics.
Stone and fiN are in the studio for the recording of the band's debut album. Stone has installed a collection of equipment into a rented studio, where everything for the album will be recorded. Although he has brought in a very capable in-line analog console, Stone has chosen to use a pair of Focusrite OctoPre MkII Dynamics as the front end to his Logic-based DAW setup with the intention of getting a clean, warm sound that he can 'color' at a later stage using additional outboard gear or plug-ins.
To record a string quartet in the live room, Stone used AKG C414 microphones for the violins and Neumann U87s for the viola and cello. Overhead, a pair of KM184 small-diaphragm condensers captured the overall room sound. Everything passed through the Focusrite preamps.
Comments Stone, "The OctoPres are very, very clean, so I can record the signals, then do what I want to do with them if I want to change the sound. They're really good quality; in fact, I could tell very little difference between them and my ISA 428."