Los Angeles, CA (May 11, 2017)—Kevin “The Caveman” Shirley has set up a second recording/mixing facility in Australia to match his Malibu home base, installing Focusrite’s RedNet range of Dante-networked audio converters and interfaces.
Although the Malibu and Australia studios are not exact replicas, they have many key pieces in common: both have SSL Duality consoles, as well as KRK monitors and tons of the same outboard gear, including Focusrite Red 3 compressors. The Australian setup includes two RedNet A16R 16-channel analog I/O interfaces, one RedNet A8R 8-channel analog I/O; and two RedNet HD32R 32-channel HD Dante network bridges.
Shirley, whose resume includes Journey, Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden, Rush, Joe Bonamassa, The Black Crowes and Europe, admits he is essentially very old school and resisted certain aspects of digital technology for as long as he could. “I guess you could say at The Cave Australia, I have the best of both worlds—old-school analog and digital. And that’s thanks to these wonderful Focusrite I/O’s. I like things that just work, and the Focusrite RedNet boxes are fool-proof. You don’t even notice they’re working, which is a hallmark of a great converter.”
Shirley put The Cave Australia and its RedNet units to work recently, mixing multiple projects featuring Joe Bonamassa—a collaborative record with Beth Hart and a new album for the supergroup Black Country Communion.
“Now the Australia room is preferable to me for some things; if I have a choice, I’ll mix there rather than in Malibu. It sounds more open and more natural, and I’ll always print the mixes through the RedNet I/O’s. The RedNet boxes just sound open and pleasing, and the bottom end sounds so solid on them,” he says.