Slau takes you behind the scenes at BeSharp, a recording studio in New York City. Listen to excerpts from sessions, gear reviews and equipment shootouts.

I was looking around for a new vocal microphone for myself. Of course, anything I'd buy for my own purposes would undoubtedly benefit my clients as an extra option when acheter cialis recording them. I always wondered whether it would be worth a $10,000 investment to find a used Neumann U 47 or something in that class of mics. Would it be impressive? Without question, it most certainly would be. Would it sound better than what I already had at my disposal? Hmm... I guess you'll have to listen to the episode to get an idea. I booked some time at Legacy Recording (which has since closed its 37th Street location). We recorded 7 mics into a Pro Tools HD system through a Millennia Media HV3D. The tracks were unlabeled and I had the engineer make a list of the tracks and their respective mics on a piece of paper. I didn't know the results of the shootout until having heard the tracks at the end of the session. Back at BeSharp, I added a few mics to the shootout using the same accompaniment track and recorded the additional mics through an Hv3D. So, the second round of mics weren't recorded in the same room (actually, a bigger room than at Legacy) but it was all done in relatively close proximity in cardioid mode on all mics. The lineup: Neumann U 47 Neumann U 87 http://www.neumann.com Sony C-800G http://www.sony.com AKG C-12VR http://www.akg.com Rode Classic II http://www.rodemicrophones.com Audio-technica AT 4047 http://www.audio-technica.com Mojave Audio MA-200 http://www.mojaveaudio.com Rode K2 http://www.rodemicrophones.com Apex Electronics 460 http://www.apexelectronics.com Studio Projects T3 http://www.studioprojects.com Cascade Microphones Elroy http://www.cascademicrophones.com Yeah, it's a little "apples & oranges" but I was just curious how a $1,000 mic would stack up against something ten times the price. Very interesting... Hey, believe it or not, I'm finally on Twitter. If you'd like to follow me, search for slaubesharp I promise I won't tweet too much -- just studio and audio-releated stuff.

Direct download: SWS006-Shootout_at_Legacy_Recording.mp3
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Jordan Potter (originally from Texas) had recorded at BeSharp a few years ago with his two Sisters, Lauren and Leigh. He was referred to me by the John Marshall family and I guess he was a satisfied customer because I got a call from him again, , booking some time to do two albums in just one week. He was bringing his friend, Matthew Conrad, a trumpet player from Baltimore. Matthew and Jordan would each do their own solo albums with Jordan accompanying Matthew on his album and Matthew making a guest appearance on Jordan's solo piano album. I had a pair of Neumann TLM-103s on the piano (which I had used on Jordan's previous project. For Matthew, I set up four mics and we did a quick shootout while soundchecking. I set up a Mojave Audio MA200 (large diaphragm tube condenser), an upgraded Cascade Fat Head (ribbon), an Apex 205 (ribbon) and a Heil PR-40 (large element moving coil). Without telling Matthew which one I preferred, I soloed each trumpet mic and he picked the Fat Head (my choice as well -- surprise, surprise). We actually managed to get through all of the material in just over four days. I was practically editing as they were walking out the door but we did complete the project on time. I mixed it and uploaded files for them to approve before mastering both CDs. Jordan released "Jesus Paid It All" and Matthew released "Send the Light" independently. I've seen it around on a few online retailers like Sacred Music http://www.sacredmusic.com and Hyles Publications http://www.hylespublications.com Unfortunately, neither Jordan nor Matthew maintain web sites that I know of. For more information about them and their projects, write to: pianopraises [ at ] gmail [ dot ] com

Direct download: SWS005-Jordan_Potter_and_Matthew_Conrad.mp3
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