Joby Baker and Scott Sheerin

Saxophone – SF-12
Piano – SF-12

Recorded and mixed by Russell Dawkins.
Recorded at the Christ Church Cathedral – Victoria, BC, Canada

One SF-12 stereo ribbon microphone on live saxophone and piano. The SF-12 was positioned twelve feet in front of the musicians, piano slightly to left, saxophone slightly to right. This recording came from a warm-up jam. Recording is dead dry, exactly as it went to DAT.

“Cathedral Jam”

Steve Albini

Microphone Comparisons

Saxophone – R-121, Coles 4038
Trumpet – R-121, Neumann U-67, RCA 77DX
Acoustic Guitars (Steel String, Nylon String, 12-String) – R-121, Schoeps 221B
Electric Guitar – R-121, SM-57, Coles 4038 (being overstressed)
Drums – R-121

Recorded by Steve Albini
Recorded at Electrical Audio, Chicago, IL.

In Royer’s early days, when many people didn’t understand ribbon microphones, Steve Albini was kind enough to make a number of educational recordings for us which we included on our first demonstration CD. Steve is a well-known, well-respected engineer who has plenty of experience with ribbon mics and thousands of engineers and producers have learned from these comparison recordings over the years.

Tape Op Magazine reviewed our Demo CD #1 and said this about Steve’s recordings:
“The ‘something special’ though is the Microphone Comparisons with Steve Albini at the end of the CD. Steve goes through and compares the R-121 to other mics (Coles 4038, SM57, etc.) and provides us with his wonderful dry commentary. We love ya Steve! Truly one of our favorite CDs at the studio these days.” -LC

All of Steve’s comparison tracks are here, along with his original commentary.

Saxophone (Coles 4038, R-121, close R-121, distant R-121)


 

Trumpet (Neuman U-67, R-121, RCA 77DX)


 

Acoustic Guitar (Steel string – Schoeps 221B, R-121 / Nylon string – Schoeps
221B, R-121 / 12-string – tube condenser, R-121, condenser and R-121 blended)


 

Electric Guitar (SM-57, R-121 / Coles 4038 being overstressed)


 

Drums


Dirty Dozen Brass Band 1

Brass – R-121, R-122
Saxophone – R-121
Drums – SF-12
Percussion – SF-24
Vocals – SF-24
Sousaphone – R-122

Recorded and mixed by Clint Bennett. Produced by Anthony Marinelli & Shawn Amos.
Recorded at Westlake Studio D (Los Angeles, CA) and Bismeaux Studio (Austin, TX). Additional recording and all mixing at Music Forever.

Recording chain: All mics into Neve VR console preamps at Westlake and API console preamps at Bismeaux.  Recorded to Pro Tools HD at 96k. Digi 192 converters at Westlake and Bismeaux, and Apogee converters at Music Forever.

Special thanks to Shout Factory for the use of these recordings.

“Flying High” (Gaye, Stover) – SONG INTRO

1a) Full Mix

 

 

1b) Isolated Saxophone: R-121 on saxophone

 

 

“Flying High” (Gaye, Stover) – SONG ENDING

2a) Mix

 

 

2b) Isolated Vocals, Claps, Percussion: One SF-24 with musicians gathered around it.

 

 

2c) Isolated Horn Stem: R-121’s and R-122 on various horns.

 

 

2d) Isolated Drums: SF-12 on drum overhead, low and towards the front of the kit.

 

 

2e) Isolated Sousaphone: R-122 on sousaphone.

 

 

 

Gordon Goodwin – Full Mix and Isolated Tracks

Brass – R-121, SF-24
Trumpet – R-121
Trombone – R-121

Recorded and mixed by Tommy Vicari
Recorded at Bill Schnee Studios, North Hollywood, CA.

Recording chain: All Royer mics through Millennia HV-3D preamps. SF-24 room mic through HV-3D preamp to GML EQ with 3 dB boost at 10K. Recorded to Pro Tools HD.

“Backrow Politics” (Gordon Goodwin) – Full mix from two sections of the same song, with isolated tracks 

a) Full Mix

 
 

b) Isolated Trumpet solo: R-121 on soloist.

 
 

c) Full Mix 2.


 
 

d) Isolated Brass & Sax Section: Eight R-121’s on trumpets & trombones, with SF-24 room mic.

 
 

e) Isolated Brass & Sax Section: SF-24 room mic alone.