Engineer Rob Griffin Learns About "Precision"

Feb 4, 2004 12:00 PM, Editors


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Grammy Award–winning engineer Rob Griffin, a specialist in acoustic instrumentation, is now using the True Systems Precision 8 mic pre-amps to record such clients as Wayne Shorter, guitarist Michael Hedges, Herbie Hancock, Michael Brecker and Roy Hargrove. Griffin is currently working on a new live Shorter record, recorded (with the P8s) at such prestigious venues as Amsterdam's Concertgebouw and Vienna's Konzerthaus.

Pictured: Rob Griffin, at the Hollywood Bowl's 70th birthday celebration concert, August, 2003

For recording Wayne's quartet, Griffin has two Precision 8 units in two rack spaces for a total of 16 channels. He records to a Tascam MX-2424 at 24-bit directly connected to the P8s. "I use them as the front end - like a mic splitter - for the concert's whole sound system,” Griffin says. “The MX-2424 connects with DB25 connectors and the other XLR outputs go directly to the monitor and FOH mixer at line level. It's incredible the difference in quality of the whole sound system by putting this level of mic preamps on the front end."

The True Systems Precision 8 has eight channels of transformerless mic preamps each with five-segment level indicators and a selectable peak-hold feature. Two channels are fitted with direct instrument inputs while channels one and two also function as a dedicated M/S (mid/side) stereo pair with the touch of a button. Designed for use with today's modular digital multi-track units and hard disc recording systems, the Precision 8 connects to TASCAM or Mackie digital products via a DB25 connector.

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