Two days before the Seahawks session, I just found out the studio had been booked wrong day. Oh no no no, no no no. I called some places but they were too expensive to use. Lucky enough, Electroma studio was available, I begged them to reserve for me. The studio house SSL E series and lovely collection of vintage/modern keyboards the likes of Roland, Moog.
Jon and Pete from Seahawks always bring fine guest musician. Al Doyle(Hot Chip) played the bass, Rob Smoughton (also guest drummer for Hot Chip) and Kenny Dickenson from KT Tunstall. This time they had discovered a female singer Maria Minerva. It mustn’t be wrong microphone choice. However, the Electroma studio has a fewer mic selection than tinroom studios. Ideally I wanted to use Neumann U87 or Sony C800 to capture female singer’s presence. I brought my Neumann TLM 67, plugged in a Universal Audio LA-610 MKII, Bill Putnam-designed 610 console’s mic pre and T4 opto-compressor like Teletronix LA-2A and bring the vocal signal to SSL for the EQ. I was always curious how the UA mic pre sound like. The mic pre sound warm and round. I dialled a reduction knob at low level to get minimum compression. The result was good.
Jon went crazy using Eventide Harmoniser for her vocal, tried different preset and record it separate track into Protools. We had very creative and smooth session!