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Lord-Alge Uses Audio-Technica Cardioid Condenser For COVID-19 Lockdown Sessions

Victoria Wasylak • Supplier Scene • January 21, 2021

Grammy Award-winning mixer Chris Lord-Alge (Green Day, Muse, Bruce Springsteen) has kept a busy schedule during the COVID-19 lockdown, taking on projects from a wide range of artists. In addition to applying his renowned mixing skills to these recordings, in many cases he has been tracking artists’ vocals himself. Key to the success of this vocal recording setup is the Audio-Technica AT5047 cardioid condenser studio microphone.

“The AT5047 is a game-changing microphone in a lot of ways,” Lord-Alge notes. “For instance, I did some recent recording with Kiefer Sutherland. I’d mixed his records in the past but not recorded the vocals myself. But getting him on this AT5047 microphone – obviously I’d heard his voice before on recorded tracks, but he and I had never heard it sound this good just raw like that. It was so clear and in-your-face, and when I brought up the track on the desk to mix it, I barely had to do anything to it. I’m known for my processing techniques when I mix vocals, but I feel like the AT5047 gives me a head start.”

Equally successful were sessions with rock acts Tempt and Dorothy – both of whom appreciated the big, rich, clear tone that the AT5047 captured in the singers’ voices. Chris’s AT5047 vocal chain includes an Avantone Pro CLA-200 studio reference amplifier, a Heritage Audio HA73 mic pre, and a Black Lion Audio CLA Bluey limiter. “We have been really happy with the vocal chain, and it’s staying up!” he adds.

Lord-Alge especially likes the low-frequency response of the AT5047. “Another artist I’ve worked with is called Bald Man, and he has a very deep voice,” he says, “Some of his vocals are narrated or speak-sung, and it’s important to pick up all the deep, low-end character of his voice. It’s unbelievable how much clarity you can get from the AT5047 in that situation. I can’t think of a better option for capturing Bald Man’s vocals.”

Other Audio-Technica products employed by Lord-Alge include ATH-M50x professional monitor headphones as tracking headphones of choice for artists as they record; AT4050 multi-pattern condenser mics for background vocals; AT5045 large diaphragm condenser microphone for acoustic guitars and a full arsenal of Audio-Technica drum mics.

A crucial aspect of the Audio-Technica products that Lord-Alge values in particular is their dependability and consistency.

“One thing that differentiates me from other studio pros is that I don’t have a lot of patience or love for ‘vintage’ gear,” he says. “I mean, its character can be great, but because of the units’ age and wear-and-tear, the performance is sometimes volatile and finicky and for me it’s usually not worth the hassle. Give me brand new mics, new cables, new outboard gear any day. In the last year I’ve really had the opportunity to put some of my Audio-Technica mics through their paces, and I have to say, they really perform just like they did out of the box, and that’s something I can really depend on them for.”

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