Khaliq Glover, an Los Angeles-based studio engineer and technician who operates under the name Khaliq-O-Vision, and his longtime associate, Dave Hampton, have been working on a forthcoming project featuring jazz pianist Herbie Hancock.
With sessions taking place in Los Angeles at Hancock’s own Garage Sale Recording studio, Glover used a number of Royer Labs microphones on the session, including the R-122 Active Series phantom powered ribbon microphone and the SF-24 phantom powered stereo ribbon microphone.
The R-122 came in particularly handy on Hancock’s piano. “Herbie has a 9-foot Fazioli grand piano that is a tremendously expressive instrument,” said Glover. “I’ve tried numerous mics with the piano, and I keep coming back to the two Royer R-122s because they do an incredible job capturing the piano’s sound and every little nuance of Herbie’s performance. Being a figure-8 microphone, the R-122 enables me to get a good balance between the direct sound from the strings and soundboard as well as the indirect signal that bounces off the piano’s lid.”
In other Royer news, multiple Grammy Award-winning engineer/producer Al Schmitt recently took delivery of a brand new SF-24 Phantom Powered Stereo Ribbon Microphone.
Schmitt gave his new SF-24 a workout on some of his most recent projects, including Verve recording artist and jazz trumpeter Roy Hargrove’s forthcoming CD, as well as legendary singer/songwriter Paul Anka’s latest offering.
Anka’s new album Rock Swings—on the Centaurus Entertainment/Sony Music label—was recorded in Los Angeles at Capitol Records’ Studio A. Schmitt used his SF-24 on this project. “I used the SF-24 for ambience on the saxophone section. The mic was terrific. The SF-24 delivered a really rich sound and was exactly what I was looking for on that particular project.”
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