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Music Production

Citron Brings Digital Recorder to Analog World

Rock engineer captures numerous genres with flexible system.

Los Angeles, CA (July 17, 2018)—Guitarist, songwriter and Grammy Award-winner Neil Citron recently has become a big fan of Tascam’s DA-3000 stereo master recorder and ADDA converter for his many and varied projects.

His background includes playing guitar and songwriting for prog rockers BangTower and other bands, working on films like My Big Fat Greek Wedding, or engineering for such artists as Steve Vai, Steve Lukather and Larry Carlton, and teaching actors to play music for films, including coaching Meryl Streep for Ricki and the Flash. He’s also played in, written for and more recently engineered for Quiet Riot; produced at and ran Steve Vai’s The Mothership studio; and has countless other credits.

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“When Tascam came up with the DA-3000, for me, it was perfect because I record in an analog world,” he relates.

“There are two ways to mix a project,” Citron says. “One is to make sure that the high things don’t slam. But the other thing, which a lot of people don’t do, is making sure the low things come up, so that they don’t get lost, and that only happens if they get recorded at a frequency where you can hear them. You record drums, you record bass—even metal stuff, the guy’s got his guitar just ripping your head off—but there’s dynamic range in every note that he plays, and you have to capture it. Every little thing is important for that beautiful, lovely, warm, wonderful sound we all work to get. Going into the Tascam DA-3000 analog, it’s capturing exactly what I’m hearing, with no coloration.”

Tascam’s DA-3000 records analog and digital signals up to 192 kHz PCM or 5.6 MHz DSD, and offers balanced and unbalanced inputs and outputs for connection with audio interfaces, mic preamps, and more.

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“The thing about great recordings is that you can hear these details,” said Citron. “I call it the ‘wool’ that’s between the guitars and the bass. You really capture the ‘wool’ with a one-bit DSD recorder.”

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