Daking Goes Back to the ’80s

Working with Lisa Matassa on her homage to 1980s country artists, producer Brent Rader brought along his collection of Daking Mic-Pre IV and Mic-Pre/EQs.
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Las Vegas, NV (June 1, 2015)—Working with Lisa Matassa on her homage to 1980s country artists, producer Brent Rader brought along his collection of Daking Mic-Pre IV and Mic-Pre/EQs.

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Matassa has recorded a duets record with a who’s who of ’80s-era country greats: The Oak Ridge Boys, Lee Greenwood, Exile, Larry Stewart (Restless Heart), Mickey Gilley, the Bellamy Brothers, Johnny Lee, T Graham Brown, David Frizzell and Larry Gatlin, among others. Veteran Nashville engineer Craig White tracked at Music Row’s Curb Records and recorded the vocal sessions at Sound Stage.

Rader brought his personal rack of Daking gear—two Mic-Pre IVs and two Mic-Pre/EQs (10 channels total)—to every session. “I love Daking’s transient response, which makes it not only an obvious choice for drums, but also for acoustic instruments,” he said. “My Daking preamps respond well to the pick, the strumming, and the percussive nature of acoustic instruments. And of course, country music is all about wood and wire instruments. Almost every song has doubled acoustic guitar, mandolin and banjo. The equalizer on the Mic-Pre/EQ is silky smooth, especially on vocals. I put in a little bit of the 20kHz shelf in at the top, and it’s like, ‘ah, there’s the magic!’”

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