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Fogel’s Royers Record “Death Wish”

After working on Black Panther and others, Chris Fogel brought his mics to bear on Death Wish.

Los Angeles, CA (March 22, 2018)—Chris Fogel, C.A.S Award-winning independent engineer and scoring mixer, used Royer Labs’ microphones during the recording of the soundtrack for the recent Death Wish reboot starring Bruce Willis, Vincent D’Onofrio and Elisabeth Shue.

“Most of the recording took place at ELBO Studios in Glendale,” reports Fogel, whose credits include Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill and box-office hits Black Panther, The Devil Wears Prada and roughly 150 additional film projects. “The only exception is the large orchestra and solo piano, which was recorded on the Streisand Stage at Sony Pictures Entertainment in Culver City.

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“For this project, I used two Royer R-122V vacuum tube ribbon mics for the contrabass ensemble, and two R-122Vs were also deployed as orchestral woodwind overheads. I used an R-121 ribbon mic on the contrabassoon and another R-121 for electric guitar. The Royer SF-12 stereo ribbon mic was used to record percussion and I used the SF-24V vacuum tube stereo ribbon mic as a drum overhead as well as on piano.”

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He continues, “I use my 122Vs on just about every recording I do. Though not unique to this particular project, one of the reasons I use them for woodwind overheads is because I can angle them slightly so that the null point is aiming towards the back of the strings, which gives me nice rejection. I also like how they shave some of the brittleness off the high winds—particularly piccolos. I like using the SF-12 as drum overheads for the same reason, with the added bonus of not having to worry about phasing, along with the high SPL they can handle.”

Regarding Royer Labs’ customer and technical support services, he says, “I find Royer Labs to be excellent all around. I’ve only ever had to send one mic back for repair, and it was handled very quickly. John Jennings at Royer has been great as well. He always responds quickly and has some very insightful information to share.”

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