Joe Costa (left) and Brendan Benson with CLASP.
Nashville, TN (October 7, 2011)—Songwriter-musician Brendan Benson and his engineer Joe Costa adopted Endless Analog's CLASP system for Benson’s latest solo project.
"When I first heard about the CLASP, I was intrigued, and I said, 'Sure, let's give it a shot,' but I'll admit I was leery," recalls Benson. "But then Chris Estes [Endless Analog president/founder and inventor of CLASP - Closed Loop Analog Signal Processor] was generous enough to show my engineer Joe Costa and me how it worked and let us hang onto it for a few days.
“I must say, I was very impressed. It does exactly what it is supposed to, and its stability is rock-solid—it just doesn't screw up. Joe had a crash course in CLASP, and he was just as impressed as I was. We ended up buying the unit and have been using it ever since. And CLASP is just so cool—there's no latency. It's just genius. I'm surprised no one thought of this sooner! Chris Estes made it happen."
Costa, who has also worked with Ben Folds and The Greenhornes, was happy to welcome CLASP into his workflow for the Benson project. "CLASP is a great, very innovative piece of hardware and software," he notes. "Since you are recording to analog and capturing it immediately, there's no concern with high-end loss, from the tape passing over the heads time and time again during overdubs. You get the analog tape benefits, but you still have all the computer benefits too. Everything lined up perfectly like it was supposed to. Having no latency was impressive. Using this system is like instant gratification. We would be recording an overdub using the computer, and when we played it back, there was the analog sound we were enjoying during tracking! Chris Estes really created something revolutionary here."
Benson's upcoming album will be hitting stores in late 2011 or early 2012.