Producer, songwriter and omni-instrumentalist Anthony J. Resta, who recently had success as a percussionist on the Unforgivable Blackness soundtrack, has acquired a few new ribbon mics for his Boston-based studio, Bopnique Musique, which he recently put to use on several new projects.
Resta has recorded, mixed, produced and written with such artists as Duran Duran (who gave him his first big break as a musician in the 1980s), Collective Soul, Sir Elton John, Shawn Mullins, Letters To Cleo, Blondie, and Guster, among others. At the same time, Resta has acquired an impressive arsenal of music and recording equipment for his project studio.
Resta reports that his latest sonic acquisition is a collection of new Crowley and Tripp ribbon microphones that he says are “everything that ribbons are supposed to be, a few things that they aren’t, and much more.”
“These are really interesting microphones,” Resta continues, referring to the Studio Vocalist, Soundstage Image and Proscenium mics. “There’s something really different about them. I’ve always loved ribbons, but most have a characteristic that people refer to as ‘dark’ and are generally better suited for things like percussion and guitars. I’ve used the Royers, the Coles, and others. But what I’ve noticed most about Crowley and Tripp mics is their openness and natural brightness. It’s amazing.”
Resta recently recorded Berklee School of Music (his alma mater) vocal professor Didi Stewart, who also praised the American-made mics. “She said that in 25 years, she’s never heard a microphone so dynamic and open,” explains Resta of the Studio Vocalist. “She was astounded, and that’s more impressive than my bragging about it—she’s an amazing singer.”
Using each of his three Crowley and Tripp microphones equally has provided Resta with plenty of front-ends to crucial signal paths. “I’m using them all,” he says. “I’ve used the Studio Vocalist on strings—It’s fantastic on cello, viola and violin. And the Soundstage Image sounds great on horns. We recently worked on the new Boston Horns record, and they’re really fussy about their horn sounds. Chief engineer Karyadi Sutedja put the Soundstage on the flugelhorn and they just flipped over it.”
For more information on Anthony Resta and his various projects, visit www.bopnique.com.
For more information on Crowley and Tripp mics, visit www.soundwaveresearch.com.