Nathaniel Kunkel Records Sting

Aug 6, 2003 12:00 PM, Editors


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Located in the San Francisco Bay Area, Stephen Jarvis Audio Consulting supplied a large amount of GML devices to engineer Nathaniel Kunkel of Studio Without Walls for one of his recent remotes: To coincide with his first studio album in four years, entitled Sacred Love, Sting filmed a performance at the historic Mayan Theater in downtown L.A. that will be released as a limited-edition DVD-V package promoting the CD, scheduled in stores September 23, 2003.

"I recorded everything onstage through 36 channels of GML mic pre," said Kunkel. "The three main vocals—Sting, Joy and Mary J. Blige—were recorded entirely through GML 2020s. I powered all of [the equipment] with Jarvis' GML HRT console power supplies, which is what allows me to go into that situation and not have to deal with a whole bunch of those little external power supplies everywhere. It's key: I can't imagine having to do that kind of load-in and load-out and get that kind of reliability without a large supply system." Kunkel is mixing the performance audio for the DVD release in 5.1 at Sting's Malibu home using his portable system. GML processing is typically featured in all of his mixes, said Kunkel. "I use the same 2020s that I used tracking for my vocal inserts in Pro Tools when I mix. I mix on a Sony DMX-R100, so I like to take care of all of my inserts in Pro Tools, then at the end of the mix, I can easily print what that insert was. It almost always is a GML 2020."

According to Jarvis, "Kunkel acquired much of the same taste that George [Massenburg] imparted to him, with regard to quality of sound and technical excellence. Nathaniel has built an unbelievably flexible system here. It has been moving around a lot, and the results have been sonically stunning. He is using the best gear and the infrastructure is solid as a rock; better than most studios, to be honest. I anticipate we will be seeing a lot of projects allocating their budgets this way in the future. It just makes too much sense not to."

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