New York, NY (August 26, 2011)--While on tour earlier this year, the David Crowder Band captured material for two albums via a pair of True Systems PT2-500 preamplifiers.
The 2011 Winter Jam, which included 10 other artists, began in January and took the DCB on the road for about two months. In addition to its live sound touring rig, tour operations manager Rob Albert also specified a small remote recording rack for the band to capture recordings while backstage prior to the gigs.
The rack consisted of two True Systems PT2-500s, a Lynx Aurora converter, an API 500 series Lunchbox, a small Avid Pro Tools rig and several microphones which the band had been using as part of its live rig, including Sennheiser e 935s, e 906s, MD 441s and others.
"We needed to get started on a record, so we took a little traveling studio rig with us and used it every day in the green room," recalls DCB drummer B-wack. "We finished the bulk of the 'Oh For Joy' recordings during the tour and did a lot of recording in interesting spaces like locker rooms and showers backstage, where there was tons of reverb--it was a lot of fun and really made for a different sounding record."
B-wack says True preamplifiers not only sounded great, but also gave the band flexibility. "We had to be really portable but uncompromising with the sound. The PT2-500s are each single channel and have two instrument jacks on the front and an XLR input on the back. The unit has an instrument "thru" jack, which was handy, especially when we wanted to send the signal out through a pedal board. Say for a violin, we'd have two channels: one would be the pedal board signal and one would be the direct. That ultimately gave us a lot of sonic options."