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PreSonus Captures MO Monastery

Grammy-winning producer Glenn Rosenstein used PreSonus ADL 600 preamps on "Advent at Ephesus," a chart-topping project recorded at a Missouri monastery.

Nashville, TN (April 3, 2013)—Grammy-winning producer Glenn Rosenstein used PreSonus ADL 600 preamps on Advent at Ephesus, a chart-topping project recorded at a Missouri monastery.

“I had no expectations other than wanting to do something completely different, to enjoy a new experience,” says Rosenstein, whose discography includes work with Livingston Taylor, Ziggy Marley, U2 and The Red Clay Ramblers. Despite those limited expectations, his on-location recording of the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles at their monastery near St. Joseph, MO, has spent several weeks at number one on the Billboard Classical chart and was number one in sales on the Barnes & Noble site.

Rosenstein brought in classical engineer (and occasional Pro Sound Network blogger) David Schober to help design the high-performance system. “We had to effectively design our own remote studio for a place we had never seen before. And it was truly remote—a couple of miles down a dirt road—so we had to get it right the first time.”

The system’s front end included a complement of PreSonus ADL 600 preamps. “We needed something that was transparent, was reliable, was not going to add noise, and had a broad enough sonic palette to faithfully capture the material. The ADL 600 met all those objectives and more,” Rosenstein explains.

Using a Decca tree, along with several matched pairs of Sony, Neumann, and Miktek microphones to capture the performance, Rosenstein and Schober recorded multiple redundant takes on a Pro Tools HDX system. “We kept the signal flow pretty simple,” Rosenstein says. “We used the ADL 600s with Miktek C5s and Neumann KM84s, and it sounded fantastic.”

The room’s acoustics presented a different set of challenges. “It was important to know that what we were hearing was accurate,” Rosenstein explains. “The good news is, we came in with A-level gear and were able to capture a great sounding recording the first time. The ADL 600 has a nice, transparent sound, and really made a difference in the quality of these recordings.”

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