L.A.-based pop-punk-ska band Goldfinger
Producer, engineer, songwriter, A&R man, guitarist and vocalist, John Feldmann, frontman for the L.A.-based pop-punk-ska band Goldfinger for the past 10 years, recently outfitted his home-based production facility with TRUE Systems Precision 8 mic preamps.
Feldmann admitted that he had no idea that Sennheiser distributed microphone preamplifiers. "I was looking at what was out there," he says, "and I just saw it in a local music store." But once he auditioned it, he continues, "It was a no-brainer for me. Out of at least a dozen mic pres the TRUE Precision 8 was hands-down the best."
Looking for a specific sound he must have tried out 12 or 15 different mic preamps, he recalls. "I wanted something that was going to be a little bit more guitar oriented, more lower mid-range. It's not like any of my mic pres are bad for guitar, they just weren't quite hundred percent."
He continues, "I put the guitars up, put three mics on my cabinet, and the Precision 8 just hands-down blew everything else away. It was perfect and exactly what I needed. It definitely adds a little color, and that's what I was looking for. I was looking to add some color to the guitar and not have it sound too spongy and warm, but still have that good upper mid-range grit to it."
The need to add another mic preamp to his collection came about when he changed his work methods last year, explains Feldmann, who has recorded and produced four albums in his private studio and is about to begin a fifth. "I ditched my Digidesign Control 24, because I don't mix with faders any more. I mix with the mouse in my computer. So I needed something to replace the Control 24's low-end Focusrite mic pres, which were fine for when I was doing demos, and being able to set everyone up and rehearse."
The Sennheiser-distributed TRUE Systems mic preamps might even find themselves paired with Feldmann's vintage Neumann U 67 microphones one day. "The first band I produced was a band called Showoff in '97 or '98. The engineer at the studio threw a couple of 67s on the room and I thought, this is the best sounding room I've ever heard! I went out and bought a pair a year later. They're great microphones."
Goldfinger's fifth album, "Disconnection Notice," was released on Maverick in February 2005. Playing to an enormous fan base worldwide, Goldfinger racked up 385 shows and a Guinness Book world record in 1996, performing on the Vans Warped Tour and with bands such as the Sex Pistols, No Doubt and Reel Big Fish.