San Rafael, CA (December 18, 2012)—Telefunken Elektroakustik recently partnered with TRI (Tamalpias Research Institute) Studios for a private performance event and recording workshop for the press, industry professionals and Telefunken dealers.
Recorded in high-resolution audio—exclusively with Telefunken microphones—and HD video, the performance featured musicians from the Grateful Dead-inspired family of bands, including Furthur, Ratdog, Box Set, The Fall Risk, Sovoso and The Sunshine Garcia Band. A tour of the facility was conducted by one of TRI’s engineers, Dennis “Wizard” Leonard, known for his work at Skywalker Sound.
Performers included studio owner and Grateful Dead co-founder Bob Weir (Furthur, Ratdog), Jeff Chimenti (Furthur, Ratdog keyboard player), Jeff Pehrson (The Fall Risk, Box Set, Furthur backing vocalist), Robyn Sylvester (Ratdog bassist), Jonathan Wilson (prominent L.A. producer/musician credited with reviving the Laurel Canyon sound), Richard Gowen (Jonathan Wilson’s drummer) and Sunshine Becker (Sovoso, The Sunshine Garcia Band).
On hand from Telefunken were director of operations Alan Veniscofsky, design engineer Ryan Loftus, and artist liaison Jason Scheuner. Telefunken microphones owned by Weir include two ELA M 251s, two C-12s, three ELA M 260s, two AK-47 MkIIs, eight M80s, six M81s and a vintage AKG C-24 restored by Telefunken.
In addition to the mics already on hand at the studio, Telefunken brought in other mics, such as the CU-29 Copperhead, the new version of the AR-51 with the dual-membrane edge-terminated TK-51D capsule, and a prototype of the new M82 Dynamic.
Highlights of the TRI Studio sessions included the use of the Telefunken ELA M 260 Tri-Mono system, a three-channel Decca Tree-type microphone array developed in tandem with TRI Studio engineers and designed for recording room and ambient environments.
Tamalpais Research Institute