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Sound Advice

Quality Outboard Gear = Quality Sound Recording by Tom Cochrane

I’m an equipment junkie! I like gear. I like vintage microphones. I love old Neve EQs, preamps and API’s. I enjoy collecting them the same way someone collects guitars. It’s a joy, it’s a thrill and it’s an inverstment. Gil Moore at MetalWorks is the same way. They took this old Neve board and modified it – they knew there were a lot of problems with that particular board and they worked around it. As a result, it’s a much more user-friendly piece of equipment – accessible, immediate. They made MetalWorks a great studio with that kind of approach.

Using pro mics and preamps, you know that when you lay it down to the ADAT it’s still going to have certain qualities that have been traditionally proven to work and sound great. If you are going to work in the digital domain, I think that it is important to balance that with a certain amount of tradition, and that’s where certain preamps and compressors come into play. I own three API lunchboxes, Neve, strips, LA-2A compressors and such. It gives me a thrill as an artist when I’ve chosen the right microphone for an application. To know that you’ve picked the right paintbrush, the right paints and the right approach and can hear that in the work – that’s a lot of fun.

Tom Cochrane, songwriter, artist, producer and home project studio owner. His latest release is Ragged Ass Road.

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