N. Hollywood, CA, (April 22, 2015)—Guitarist Steve Vai’s new live DVD and album, Stillness in Motion: Vai Live in L.A., features footage from his 2012 set at Club Nokia and a mix refined by BAE Audio’s 1073 and 1028 preamplifiers.
Vai conducted thorough tests before deciding on BAE Audio’s 1073 for his setup. “BAE has the smoothest and most responsive EQ I have ever heard,” he commented. “It just adds a beautiful air and is clearly superior. I tested the mic pres without any EQ and they come back fat, round and warm.”
Critically, that warmth makes the BAE Audio 1073 a companion for Vai’s signature guitar tone. “The edges aren’t too sharp and for the guitar that is so important,” he notes.
Vai and engineer/producer Greg Wurth used BAE Audio’s 1073 and 1028 extensively on the mix for Stillness in Motion—both Vai’s vocals and the vocals of guest vocalist Beverly McClellan were routed through the BAE Audio 1073 in the mix.
“The 1073 has that fixed 12k filter that always works nice for a vocal,” says Wurth. The guitars were routed through the BAE Audio 1028 to take advantage of its nuanced EQ section. “I like all the different frequency selections there,” explains Wurth.
The 1028 also came in handy on the two sets of room microphones, which were set up to capture some of the ambience of L.A.’s Club Nokia. “I love to have the filters right there so I can roll off all the low-end rumble from a live show,” says Wurth. “I use the 1028’s filters a lot to take away problematic frequencies and focus in on the registers that you’re trying to emphasize.”