Old Lyme, CT (April 4, 2012)—Brazilian percussionist Julio Figueroa, a multiple Grammy Award-winner, captures his drumming with the Sennheiser-distributed True Systems Precision 8 preamplifier.
Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Figueroa's style of drumming has been featured on performances by artists such as Michael Jackson, B.B. King, Patti LaBelle and others. Like many other musicians today, Figueroa has created a semi-professional recording environment in his own home and uploads his tracks to an FTP server for access by various production teams around the world.
"For drums and percussion, the Precision 8 captures my sound exactly as I hear it and this is what I value the most," he states. Figueroa started with one Precision 8 and then acquired a second one so he could accommodate a greater range of percussion and other instruments, as well as take them on the road. "Now if I want to do a live recording, I have everything I need," he observes.
Figueroa uses the Precision 8’s integrated M-S decoder, which enables him to control the stereo spread of his drum overheads via the front panel of the unit.
"For jazz, that M-S capability is incredible if you want to get a great room sound. You set up a couple of mics [cardioid and figure-8 pattern] and it is just unbelievable," he says. Figueroa frequently uses both the M-S technique and the "Recorderman" technique simultaneously, along with four additional mics on individual drums, providing more options when it's time to mix down.
"The True Systems Precision 8 is great for someone like me who is not overly technical," he says. "The units are simple to use right out of the box and there is nothing complicated about it. This means I can get to work faster."