Music Gear News
Secrets of the Daft Punk Sound with Universal Audio
Mick, who has worked with a host of major artists including Michael Jackson, Madonna and Eric Clapton described how they captured the retro-futuristic and organic sound your hear on the album.
The disco flavoured album melds acoustic live band and electronic aspects so it was important to him that everything was captured in the truest possible way using mic placement and limited effects.
Mic placement on the drums was particularly important to the team using four different mics on the kick drum alone!
"We used the AKG D112, an old standard for a good low-mid punchy kick sound along with a Sony C-500. The C-500 is an old condenser mic that's no longer available but can handle incredible sound pressure...We used a Neumann U47 outside the drum for a little more woof, and a Yamaha SubKick outside of the drum to capture deeper resonance. For the snare, we used more standard mic technique, a Shure SM57 with an AKG C-452 underneath. For most songs, we wanted a very close sound without a lot of room, so we miced things tightly."
Mick also used Universal Audio hardware on the album saying, "I've relied on hardware 1176s and LA-2As my whole professional life. We used those extensively on [Daft Punk's Random Access Memories]. I used LA-2A on bass and vocals and 1176 to control and compress vocoder vocals and guitars. I also brought the Apollo with my UAD plug-ins, my laptop, and all of my files, so if there was anything I needed to tweak, I was ready."
Everything was drafted, recorded and mixed in Pro Tools and UA plug-ins were used to fully capture the concept of warmth the band wanted.
"We used the UAD Precision De-Esser quite a bit on vocals. What it comes down to is using the tools subtly. The UAD plug-ins are warm and sound really good. They sound even better when you don't overuse them...I have to say though that the UA plug-ins sound so close to the hardware."
Daft Punk's, Random Access Memories has been hugely successful receiving four star ratings from Rolling Stone and The Guardian.
By Jonathan MeagerPosted on 4 Jul 2013 11:32 to category : Band / Celebrity News
Related Music News
Through a collaboration with Martin, Sheeran's latest signature model features artwork from his latest album '÷' and has been built to his exact specifications.
An icon who helped propel the rock 'n' roll movement to new and unprecedented heights. Chucky Berry is praised by many as a founding father of modern music.
Founding guitarist of legendary LA band Y and T Joey Alves passes away due to complications relating to Ulcerative Colitis. Documentary on soon to follow.
Destroyer Cola is to be the latest release in rock veterans Kiss' long line of merchandise currently available to the general public for purchase
In a recent unconfirmed report, frontman of famous rock and roll outfit Guns N' Roses is said to be heading into the studio with Australian rock veterans AC/DC
Never before has music been so accessible. With social media, tab sites and forums at your immediate disposal, learning your favourite song couldn't be easier.
Recent Music News
A piano that offers no compromises with either its sound or functionality, the MP7SE is ideal for the professional performer in need of a versatile voice.
BOSS are celebrating their 40th anniversary in style this year with the Pedal Perks Club, in which users are entitled to various free gifts and prizes.
Pioneer has released their latest sampler, the Pioneer DJ DJ DJS-1000 Standalone Sampler. With intuitive features, its the ideal companion to the live DJ.
Presonus introduce the next addition to their line-up, the Faderport 16. With various intuitive features, the Faderport 16 is ideal for the live sound engineer.
A digital piano that's ideally suited to the intermediate player, the Roland RP-102 Digital Piano hosts a number of intuitive features for the developing pianist.
The Darkglass Microtubes B3K V2 Bass Overdrive pedal is the quintessential tool for those bassists looking to develop and diversify their bass sound.