Engineer Rob Griffin Learns About

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 preamps 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 Shorter's quartet, Griffin has two Precision 8 units in two rackspaces 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 said. “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 multitrack units and hard disk recording systems, the Precision 8 connects to Tascam or Mackie digital products via a DB25 connector.

For more information on True Systems, distributed by Neumann, visit www.neumannusa.com.






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