Los Angeles, CA (September 28, 2010)–Producer/engineer Joe Barresi recently employed the new R-101 ribbon mic from Royer Labs on the latest album from veteran Southern California-based punk rockers Bad Religion.
Having worked with acts such as Tool, Queens of the Stone Age, Bad Religion, The Melvins, Skunk Anansie, Turbonegro, and Weezer, producer/engineer Barresi knows how to capture the musical energy that defines his and his clients’ success. Bad Religion’s new CD, The Dissent of Man, on the Epitaph label, was recorded and mixed at Barresi’s own studio, affectionately known as Joe’s House of Compression. During the final testing stage of Royer Labs’ just-introduced R-101, Barresi was asked to test and evaluate a pair of the new ribbon mics.
“Both R-101’s were used to mic a guitar cabinet,” said Barresi. “Since the main left and right rhythm tracks were already done, I used the Royers to put a single rhythm guitar ‘thickening’ track up the middle. For the most part, the R-101s were miking an EVH (Eddie Van Halen) 5150 III head thru a Rivera cabinet with four 12-inch speakers. The R-101s were a really good choice for this application. The mics handled the sound pressure level of the blasting 4×12 cab upclose and personal. The tone was solid with nice low end and just the right amount of top end. The sound fit well in the music and that particular combination really brought out some beef in the rhythm guitars.”
Barresi reports the band members were equally impressed with the sound acquired from the Royer R-101s. “They loved the tones,” he said, “and sometimes the sound was so good, we ended up doing two tracks and making this setup the new left and right rhythms.”