Santa Monica, CA (May 30, 2017)—Scoring mixer Alan Meyerson recently used Manley’s Force four-channel tube preamp to record a project featuring a string quartet with an opera singer.
Well known for his work with Hans Zimmer, Meyerson has engineered scores by a myriad of brilliant film composers, including James Newton Howard, John Powell, and Danny Elfman.
“It was fantastic. I had a piano and the string quartet and the singer, and I used the two Forces for all of my preamps. It sounded just beautiful. I’ve also used them on a drum kit and on acoustic guitar, and that sounded great too. Their gain range is so good, you can give them pretty much any level you want, and they’re quiet. You can get a really good operating level whether turning them way down or turning them way up,” he says.
For orchestral sessions, Meyerson records in surround, using a modified Decca Tree. Normally, a Decca Tree microphone setup comprises left, right, center, wide left, and wide right channels, but Meyerson’s rig adds surround left and surround right for a total of seven microphones. “That’s one reason I got two Manley Forces,” he confides. “I was using a proprietary preamp with the Decca Tree, and I got two Forces to replace it. The next movie I’ll do will be Jumanji, and I’ll use the Force on all seven mics.”