Los Angeles, CA (September 21, 2016)—When it came time for engineer and mixer Jeff Ellis to outfit his project studio, he selected BAE Audio’s 1073 DMP to deliver the vintage tone he wanted.
Ellis learned his craft working on vintage consoles like the one at Eastwest Studios in Hollywood, where he started as an intern before working his way up to a house engineer. “The first console I learned on was a classic British console with 1073 mic pres. That’s all I heard through the first few years of my career, so that sound will always feel like home to me,” says Ellis, who picked up a Grammy Award for his work on Frank Ocean’s debut album, Channel Orange.
“Almost any good studio will have at least a rack of eight vintage-style pres, regardless of what console is being utilized in the room; it’s that important,” he says. “I’ve encountered BAE Audio pres in many of these studios, and have always used them interchangeably with vintage channels.”
Having used a BAE 1073 rack preamp recently on Frank Ocean’s Aaliyah tribute, “You Are Luhh,” he knew the 1073 DMP could deliver vocals, thanks in no small part to the use of the same Carnhill St. Ives transformer specified in the vintage 1073 designs like those used on Channel Orange and Ocean’s recently-released Blonde.
Although Ellis often has the opportunity to work in major studios, his project studio is still a key part of his work. “It is designed to have the vibe that inspires me and is located exactly where I want to be, inside of Bedrock.LA studios,” he explains. “That said, I like to keep my gear mobile as I am often working in various studios around the world. One thing that’s cool about the 1073 DMP is that I can grab it and go and it easily integrates with my other mobile gear.”