(Left to right): Joseph Wagoner, AKG; Mike Clink, Producers & Engineers Wing of the Recording Academy; Maureen Droney, Producers & Engineers Wing of The Recording Academy; Nathaniel Kunkel, Studio Without Walls; Peter Chaikin, JBL Professional; and Gregory Butler, Lexicon.
Los Angeles, CA (July 17, 2012)—Harman Professional and the Producers & Engineers Wing of the Recording Academy recently hosted a “From Mic to Mix” event at Los Angeles’ Conway Recording Studios, featuring a live acoustic recording session with pop/soul group Elaine Faye & Company, engineered by two-time Grammy winner Nathaniel Kunkel.
Recording products and technology from AKG, JBL Professional and Lexicon were used during the recording session in Conway’s Studio C. Kunkel used a JBL LSR6328P system in a 5.1 surround sound configuration to monitor the recording, while attendees were able to listen in on 24 AKG K271 and K240MKII headphones placed around the studio. A variety of AKG microphones and headphones, including a C12VR, P820Tube, C414XLII, C214, C451 and a pair of C414XLS, were used inside the studio, and ambience and reverb were provided by a Lexicon PCM96 Surround System. In a separate control room, Lexicon demonstrated PCM96 and MX400 reverb processors as well as the I-O U42S USB audio interface.
“The sounds came together in a very short amount of time,” Kunkel said. “For several years, I have relied on JBL studio monitors for their accuracy. I never have to second-guess my mix. While the AKG C414 and C12VR have been go-to mics for me, I was pleased to try AKG’s new Perception mics and headphones on this session. The Lexicon PCM96 Surround system was the only reverb I used and it added polish that put the mix over the top. The session went smoothly and I’m really pleased with the end result using the great Harman gear.”
Kunkel is the owner of Studio Without Walls in Los Angeles. He earned two Grammy awards for his work with B.B. King and Robin Williams, and received an Emmy award for A&E In Concert: Sting: Sacred Love. Kunkel has also recorded a “who’s who” of top musicians including Brian Wilson, Stevie Nicks, Ringo Starr, Zooey Deschanel, Cobra Starship, Lyle Lovett, Linda Ronstadt and many more.