A-Designs Tracks Mr. Christmas

Composer Jim Briggs tracked all of the instrumentation for his score for a new, independent documentary film, Mr. Christmas, through a collection of A-Designs Audio processors.
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Composer Jim Briggs (left) and director/producer Nick Palmer

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Los Angeles, CA (November 9, 2012)—Composer Jim Briggs tracked all of the instrumentation for his score for a new, independent documentary film, Mr. Christmas, through a collection of A-Designs Audio processors.

Directed by Nick Palmer, Mr. Christmas is a new independent documentary film about Concord, CA's Bruce Mertz, a man who both figuratively and literally brightens his community each December with the 50,000-plus lights decorating his house. Having taken awards at film festivals in Aspen, Philadelphia, Palm Springs and Providence, the 15-minute documentary features a score composed by Briggs.

Recorded earlier this year in Studio A of Burbank's Speakeasy Sound Recording Studios, the score was engineered by studio co-founder Andrew Maltese, who used Briggs' A-Designs Ventura mic pre/EQ, REDDI tube direct inject box and Pete's Place BAC-500 compressor to record electric bass, Ventura for French horn and banjo, and BAC-500 for electric guitar.

"I had just purchased the Ventura about a week before the sessions and couldn't wait to use it," Briggs recalls. "The parametric EQ on the Ventura was a total lifesaver, especially on the banjo. Don't get me wrong; I love the banjo, but it can sound a little bit, well, like a banjo. With the Ventura, we were able to get it to sit perfectly with the guitar and bass without ever-so-tenderly pounding an ice pick into your ear."

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