N. Hollywood, CA (September 6, 2016)—Derek Sherinian, keyboardist with Black Country Communion, has recently added BAE Audio’s 1073 preamplifier/EQ to his Burbank, CA-based Beachwood Manor Studios.
Sherinian has served as a member of Dream Theater and has also worked with Kiss, Alice Cooper, Billy Idol, Al DiMeola and many others. Black Country Communion—Glen Hughes on bass, Joe Bonamassa on guitar, Jason Bonham on drums and Sherinian on keyboards—recently announced a reunion, and plans to start recording a new album in 2017 at East West Studios in Hollywood.
At his facility, “The Wall” features his massive collection of vintage keyboards and synthesizers. “My keyboard set up is pretty elaborate and it has been a dream of mine for a long time to have all these keyboards under one roof at my disposal,” he says. “Everything I have here runs through either my BAE 1073 or my BAE 1073 MP. I recently picked up two of the BAE 1073s at the recommendation of my friend Simon Philips. Now I run my B3 through the 1073 MP and all my other keyboards through the BAE 1073.”
Sherinian says that he plans on bringing his entire keyboard arsenal to the recording sessions, including his BAE 1073 mic pre. “In my studio, the BAE 1073 is now my main mic pre,” he says. “I use it if I have a guitar player coming through, or on any one of my 25 keyboards. It adds a warmth and fatness that was not there before. And if you drive it, it responds—you just get a nice, killer sound.”
He is currently using the BAE 1073 in preproduction. “I am collecting ideas; then I will go back, evaluate everything and weed out the nuggets,” he says.