Chino, CA (April 12, 2016)—With 40-plus years of engineering and production experience, much of it at New York’s Power Station, and a long list of credits, Ed Stasium now works from a home studio with a DAW and Manley’s Dual Mono two-channel and Force four-channel tube preamplifiers as his analog front end.
"In this digital world, we have to get the best analog going into the box that we possibly can. The Manley Dual Mono and Force provide the maximum tubage getting into the box. I record a lot of drums here, and I am thankful for Manley tube preamps; without them, I wouldn't want to record drums straight into the DAW. With the Force and Dual Mono, the drums sound fabulous," says Stasium. His credits include records by the Ramones, Talking Heads, the Smithereens, Living Colour, Peter Wolf, Mick Jagger, Jeff Healey, Joan Jett, Marshall Crenshaw and Motorhead.
A firm believer in getting the best possible analog sound before converting to digital, Stasium likes to record with natural ambience, like the 20-foot-high entryway to his home. From there, he relies on quality mics and Manley preamps, with minimal processing.
"The Manley Dual Mono and Force are so clean, and the gain on them is so good, I can even use my 1937 RCA PB-90 velocity mic with them," he relates. "A lot of preamps I've used don't give you enough gain for that. When you put a vintage ribbon mic through the Manley, the sound is wide open. It sounds fantastic, so clean and quiet. I don't need to EQ; I don't need to do anything."