Yamaha 02R96 Captures Vocalist Kevin Mahogany

Mar 13, 2003 12:00 PM, Editors

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Vocalist Kevin Mahogany recently appeared in "Jammin’ at the Gem," part of the regular season at Kansas City’s Gem Theater Cultural & Performing Arts Center, with a backing combo that included Phil Upchurch on guitar, Red Holloway on sax, Grady Tate on drums and Norman Simmons on piano. To capture the event for a possible live album project, Mahogany enlisted the help of longtime friend and engineer Doug Walker, VP of dBVisionWorks (Overland Park, Kan.).

"Kevin called and asked me to record the show, since he had some pretty strong players with him," Walker said. "Since this was to be an intimate setting, we agreed that we should really capture that atmosphere, so I chose a new Yamaha 02R96 for the job. I’ve been an 02R user for a number of years and always had consistent, clean recordings. That’s particularly important when recording jazz; that is, no coloration and allowing the performances to really speak for themselves. Sonically, the Gem is pretty live, but not overbearing.

"There’s a lot of detail in the room," Walker continued, "so I could get the mix right fairly up front. We didn’t have time to do a big soundcheck, but I had been able to set up things prior to the gig, particularly the input and output patching, which was a plus. Another good thing was that I got to record in what resembled an iso booth, almost like having my own control room. The room had been the original house mix position, but since it was all behind glass, the board [Allen and Heath 9000 Series] had been moved out into the house. I dropped my own snake and plugged into a 24-channel splitter that came from the house and listened through a pair of KRK V6 reference monitors."

Walker’s gear for tracking included an Apple Mac G4 laptop running Logic Audio Platinum, a pair of MOTU 896 interfaces and FireWire drive, a Mackie 2496 hard disk recorder, a Fostex 16-track hard disk recorder, CD burner and DAT.

"We decided to record in 24-48, since this concert may be part of a live CD, and we weren’t sure what facility would receive it after the recording. I also did a 2-track mix off of the board so it could be previewed, and used the onboard effects of the 02R96."

Mics included Sennheiser KM84s, Audio-Technica 4040s and 4050s, E-V RE20s and Crowns.

Walker took the rough tracks and the 02R96 back to his facility, where he is currently doing mixes.

For more, visit www.yamaha.com/proaudio.






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