Laura Turner Album Used Audio-Technica AT4060

Oct 24, 2003 12:00 PM, Editors


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Record producers David Huff and Kurt Howell relied on Audio-Technica's AT4060 vocal microphone for Laura Turner's upcoming debut album on Curb Records. The album was recorded at several studios in Nashville and Dublin, Ireland, including Ocean Way, Stillwater Studios and Dobbs Palace. The effort was mastered by George Massenburg.

Shown from left: George Massenburg, Kurt Howell, David Huff, Laura Turner and Philip Cajka, Audio-Technica president and CEO, are pictured at A-T's Summer NAMM 2003 booth. Photo: Corey Walthal.

"Laura has a tremendous voice with incredible dynamics and range," said co-producer Huff. "She's combining the worlds of pop and classical music, and that's a real challenge. She can go from a quiet whisper to a soaring chorus in the space of a moment, and that's the kind of voice that melts amplifiers." Huff added that the A-T AT4060 mic was also used for background vocals and the cello parts.

At Howell's Stillcreek Studios recording facility, the producers positioned Turner approximately three to four inches from the AT4060 and helped her subtly "work" the microphone. "She didn't have to move a lot, which helped her keep focused," commented Huff. "Even just a few inches was more than enough for the AT4060 to interpret her dynamics. It's a very sensitive but forgiving microphone. It's great at catching the nuances of the music, but at the same time, it's not overwhelmed by the power of her voice. On some of the vintage microphones we used, there would be points where her power would bring out a certain unmusical midrange aspect to the sound. But the AT4060 was musical across the frequency spectrum. I've used the AT4060 on all types of music: pop, rock, country, urban and now classical. It's become the microphone I reach for first on any project."

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