On Recording "Young Breh" with U89>>>NEVE8078>>>CL1-B
edit: ^Pet Sounds was recorded on this hardware (not kidding)
This weekend we laid down Master Vox for their upcoming (still untitled) record; Everyone showed up and did their parts really well; any setbacks that we encountered were met with immediate response and so, everything went smoothly; $10k vocal chain will really make a difference.
This is the the future... You have to be able to both go to the studio, and have the studio come to you. This is a case of the studio coming to us by way of some rented gear. We did our homework and found the gear used on our favorite records and then went out and grabbed it.
It's pretty evident that when you work out of the same gear used on hit records in the past 40 years that you'll manage to cut out a lot of what is separating "amateurs" from the "pros" - save for the actual performance and song; this is what we did.
The quality you get from Neve-ANYTHING is pretty obvious and the one thing I could instantly note when working with these (not for the first time ever, but for the first time at home.... peacefully) is that the 8078 will color the program material in such a harmonically rich (i hate these buzzwords, but bear with me) way that you can then push said material back into your mix and not have to worry about it not being present enough. This ability alone is worth the money. The raw vocals we have are outstanding and, when placed in the mix they stood up really well without any kind of processing
Still, I'd only go the distance like this when working on masters and feel that any equipment is just fine for demo cutting. I encourage anyone who wants to take on a project with me to invest moreso in the equipment than in anything else, because it really will make a difference when its' all said and done.
One of my first lessons in audio was the good rule, taught by Stephen Quinze at Miami Dade College.
good musican, good instrument, good room, good mic, good pre, good comp, good eq, good A/D+D/A, good monitors = great sound
and, supplemented by my mentor Robert Solomon (Woodland) who said "Your sound is only as good as the weakest link in the chain," you get a pretty good recipe for record making.
This equipment, like all other fun and expensive things, would be useless if there wasn't something musical to pass through it. We prepared for this session by having another "mock session" with lesser gear in order to prepare for the big day. If you don't have "bars" to spit down and don't have them ready, then no amount of gear will help you sound better.