Recording

Engineer Rob Griffin Learns About "Precision"

Grammy Award–winning engineer Rob Griffin, a specialist in acoustic instrumentation, is now using the True Systems Precision 8 mic pre-amps to record such clients as Wayne Shorter, guitarist Mi 2/04/2004 7:00 AM Eastern

Grammy Award–winning engineer Rob Griffin, a specialist inacoustic instrumentation, is now using the True Systems Precision 8 micpre-amps to record such clients as Wayne Shorter, guitarist MichaelHedges, Herbie Hancock, Michael Brecker and Roy Hargrove. Griffin iscurrently working on a new live Shorter record, recorded (with the P8s)at such prestigious venues as Amsterdam's Concertgebouw and Vienna'sKonzerthaus.

Pictured: Rob Griffin, at the Hollywood Bowl's 70th birthdaycelebration concert, August, 2003

For recording Wayne's quartet, Griffin has two Precision 8 units intwo rack spaces for a total of 16 channels. He records to a TascamMX-2424 at 24-bit directly connected to the P8s. "I use them as thefront end - like a mic splitter - for the concert's whole soundsystem,” Griffin says. “The MX-2424 connects with DB25connectors and the other XLR outputs go directly to the monitor and FOHmixer at line level. It's incredible the difference in quality of thewhole sound system by putting this level of mic preamps on the frontend."

The True Systems Precision 8 has eight channels of transformerlessmic preamps each with five-segment level indicators and a selectablepeak-hold feature. Two channels are fitted with direct instrumentinputs while channels one and two also function as a dedicated M/S(mid/side) stereo pair with the touch of a button. Designed for usewith today's modular digital multi-track units and hard disc recordingsystems, the Precision 8 connects to TASCAM or Mackie digital productsvia a DB25 connector.

For more information on True Systems, distributed by Neumann, visitwww.neumannusa.com.