Recording with Mountain Heart
This week I recorded more sides with a band that I have done many projects with, Mountain Heart. This group of guys has more talent in a band than any band that I have worked with. They constantly push the limits in acoustic music.
We started on Wednesday at First Avenue Sound. The basic tracks are usually carried out quite quickly and then the rest of the day is spent doing overdubs and putting embellishments on that help with the dynamic push of the song. Jim VanCleve, who I have done many side projects with, is producing this project. Jim is the fiddle player in the band and absolutely amazing to work beside. His vision for where the songs started and where they are going is very strong.
I would like to give a STRONG shout out to Bruce Myers and his company DPA Microphones. Mountain Heart is an endorsed artist for DPA. Bruce is not only a strong business man, but also a HUGE fan of Mountain Heart. The last 3 records that I have done with these guys, I have called up Bruce and he has opened up the vault to us. This generosity has allowed me to capture the instruments with absolute detail. Here is an example of what I have going on; Jason Moore’s upright bass has an Avalon DI and a DPA Tube 4041 with DPA high voltage preamp. Clay Jones used a 1927 Martin and I mic’d him with a pair of DPA 4023 configured in an X/Y pattern. Jim VanCleve was mic’d with a single 4011 in cardioid mode. Barry Abernathy was also mic’d with a 4011 in cardioid. I tried the 4023’s on Josh Shilling’s acoustic and went with a tube 4041 and a Neumann KM84. The odd man out in the DPA world was Aaron Ramsey. I have a specific sound that I go with on the mandolin. I use a Swedish mic called a Thuresson CM402 and a Gefell 582. I chose this because of the color that these mics have on his mandolin and his style of playing. To round it this out, I used a KEL mic on a song that Aaron sang and a Neumann U-87 on Josh’s vocal tracks.
This is all that I have time for today. Until next time, keep experimenting.