Dumpstaphunk: Looking Back, Looking Ahead

Jul 1, 2013 9:00 AM, Mix, By Blair Jackson


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Dumpstaphunk at Fudge Recording.

Vocal mics for the four singers at Fudge included a Neumann TLM 193, Sony C-37A, Neumann U 87, Shure SM7, RCA BK-5A and “for some of the backups, they’d be in a circle with their own mics and also an RCA 77 in omni in the middle,” Miele says. Ivan comments, “We think it’s a special thing we’ve got going with the vocals, and we try to incorporate the different voices as much as we can.”

Additional recording and a number of instrumental and vocal overdubs were done at The Music Shed in New Orleans, with Kyle Lamy engineering in Studio A on a Trident 80B board. For the vocals he cut, Lamy used a combination of Neumann 87s and A-T 4050s into Neve 1079 EQ and ADL 1000 compression. “Amazing singers!” Lamy says. “They’re all so different and versatile in their timbres.” He also gives high marks to Ian Neville, who “on a whim can pull out seven guitar parts from his head and throw ’em down.”

Mike Napolitano mixed nine of the 11 tracks on Dirty Word at his home studio in New Orleans, in consultation with Ian and Ivan. “I have a [Roll Music Systems] Folcrom external summer, which I use not just for the analog summing,” Napolitano says, “but for things that need to be gained back up. By picking which mic pre you use to capture that gain, you can endow it with some personality.”

Dirty Word album cover

On the challenge of mixing multiple basses, he says, “It’s not as hard as you might think. Those guys really know what they’re doing. They find ways to make it work between the two of them before it even gets recorded. Their tones and the way they play accommodate each other, so it fits.”

As fate would have it, the song “If I’m in Luck” was the last high-profile mix done by the late engineer Andy Johns, along with Bruce Witken, at Witken’s L.A. studio. That track, not surprisingly, has a strong rock edge to it. “By choosing Andy to do it, you were going to get that,” Witken says. “When the first mixes got sent back, they just had a few tweaks and that was it. Andy was Andy—he liked it loud.”

“We were honored to have Andy work on the record,” Ivan adds. “He and Bruce did a great job on that track.”

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