Jack Johnson InStudio

From top: Summit Audio DCL-200 dual compressor/limiter, Empirical Labs EL-7 Fatso Jr., Ridge Farm Boiler ultracompressor, Tube-Tech Cl 2A, Summit TLA-100A and Teletronix LA2A

From top: Summit Audio DCL-200 dual compressor/limiter, Empirical Labs EL-7 Fatso Jr., Ridge Farm Boiler ultracompressor, Tube-Tech Cl 2A, Summit TLA-100A and Teletronix LA2A

Drummer Adam Topol“A bunch of amps from producer J.P. Plunier’s collection.  The one on the left is a Bell stereo amplifier that has two inputs, so you can create a stereo effect.  We used that one quite a lot.  The little orange one is an old Gibson.  We also used the“We set up in the room and create a live environment.  I put an AKG 451 on his acoustic guitar.  He is such a mellow player.  Jack would sometimes play acoustic, sometimes electric, all done live in the room.Engineer Robert Carranza positions a new Telefunken | USA U 47AE large diaphragm tube mic.  “Jack has kind of a velvet voice and this is the first time I really got the sound I have been trying to get all along.”  On the guitar is an A-T 4050.From top: Studio Technologies Generation II stereo simulator; Drawmer dual de-esser MX-50; and API 512 and 312 mic pre's
From top: Summit Audio DCL-200 dual compressor/limiter, Empirical Labs EL-7 Fatso Jr., Ridge Farm Boiler ultracompressor, Tube-Tech Cl 2A, Summit TLA-100A and Teletronix LA2AG5 with Pro Tools HD3 rig with Apogee Big Ben clocking it.Neve 8816 stereo submixer with 8804 fader pack.  new from Neve.From top: Maxx AL-2, Tascam DVRA-1000 and TC Electronic TCM-6000SSL AWS-900 console and Genelec monitors
Jack Johnson with guitar on the steps of his new recording studio, called “Solar Plastic Power Plant”.From left: Producer J.P. Plunier, Jack Johnson, engineer/mixer Robert Carranza.“Merlo is playing through a vintage B-15, which has a Beta 52 on it.  He played a variety of basses, including this Epiphone Jack Casady bass.  He has his own technique of playing with his fingers.  He also used a Guild teardrop Vox-style bass.  Direct “Zach used a lot of keyboards: Celeste, Clavinet, Wurlitzer, Rhodes, Moog, piano.  He did most of the piano live.  It was blocked off, with the soundboard faced away from the drums, with a little gobo, some 451s and that was our tracking style.  Sometim
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