Alan Meyerson is an LA based scoring engineer whose engineering and mixing credits include the three Pirates of the Caribbean movies, Angels & Demons, The Dark Knight, Frost/Nixon, Transformers, Iron Man, King Kong, The Bourne Identity and many more. In his quest for great recordings, Alan has built a collection of more than 200 microphones which are in constant use.
Alan has a number of Royer mics and has invited us into the studio to photograph how he uses ribbons on his sessions. Along with our commercially available mics, Alan has tried all of our prototypes at one time or another and has given us invaluable feedback on the performance of the mics. He was the first scoring engineer to use our tube R-122Vs and SF-24Vs.
In these photographs you'll see Alan's alternate Decca Tree method; changing out his three M-50s for three R-122Vs (scores utilizing this method include Pirates of the Caribbean 2 and Matchstick Men). It's a revolutionary move, as Decca Tree mics are typically M-50s, classic Neumann omni's.
Alan uses his R-122Vs extensively for woodwinds, strings, percussion, and solos.
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Drum Session for Pirates of the Carribean, Dead Man's Chest
The score called for a powerful drum overdub, so Hans Zimmer called on Vinnie Colaiuta, JR Robinson and Abe Laborial Jr. to play the part simultaneously. Alan used three R-122Vs for the session, one mic over each kit. The only other mics used in the final mix were the rooms and kick drum mics.