Los Angeles, CA (May 4, 2017)—If your music collection includes popular hits from the last 30 years, odds are you have at least a few tracks (or likely a lot of them) with Tim Pierce playing guitar on them. The noted session and touring guitarist, also known for his 100,000-plus subscriber YouTube channel has been using a BAE Audio’s 1073MP preamp with the Steve Stevens blend mod for both his session clients and his subscribers.
“I’ve owned every kind of pre at some point, including vintage 1073s, so I’m very familiar with what they sound like,” he said. “The BAE Audio 1073MP sounds just like the original vintage units, but with a better top end—they’re somehow even more open in the high frequencies.”
Recording the majority of his session work as well as audio for his video classes in his home studio in LA these days, Pierce utilizes two channels with both mics fed through the 1073MP to create a radio-ready guitar sound. “A great guitar sound to me has a really strong midrange, a tight bottom end, and a top end that’s full of air,” he said. To achieve this, he utilizes two differently-voiced speaker cabinets simultaneously—a 4x12” and a 1x12”—running out of the same amplifier. Each cabinet is miked with both a dynamic microphone and a ribbon microphone for a variety of tonal options.
Both mics are fed directly through Pierce’s 1073MP rack and then into an analog summing box, where he adjusts each mic’s level until he finds the perfect complement before hitting Pro Tools. “In order to punch through a mix, a guitar needs to have a really strong midrange, which the 1073MP gives it,” he said. “Any mixing engineer is probably going to take away some of the low end during the process, but the imprint from the 1073 is so strong that even when you’re competing with vocals, keyboards, drum, and bass guitar it still manages to poke through.”