Paul Reed Smith Chooses Daking for Private Studio - Mixonline

Paul Reed Smith Chooses Daking for Private Studio

When Paul Reed Smith, an avid songwriter and guitar player, decided to build his own studio, Riverhouse Studio (Stevensville, Md.), he decided to bring in a Daking Mic Pre IV. "Basically, guitar pickups are very sophisticated parametric equalizers and guitars are harmonic generators," offers Smith while illustrating the parallels of being a luthier and a pro audio gearhead. "Together, pickups and guitars build a harmonic signal so naturally. How things sound have become really important to me. We spent a long time building and equipping the studio. Mic pre-amps are an absolutely crucial parts of the recording chain. Geoff did a great job in building his Daking mic pre’s, and that's why I ended up buying them. The Daking mic pre’s sound very musical, very pretty. We plugged them in and said, ‘Whoa!’”
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When Paul Reed Smith, an avid songwriter and guitar player, decided to build his own studio, Riverhouse Studio (Stevensville, Md.), he decided to bring in a Daking Mic Pre IV. "Basically, guitar pickups are very sophisticated parametric equalizers and guitars are harmonic generators," offers Smith while illustrating the parallels of being a luthier and a pro audio gearhead. "Together, pickups and guitars build a harmonic signal so naturally. How things sound have become really important to me. We spent a long time building and equipping the studio. Mic pre-amps are an absolutely crucial parts of the recording chain. Geoff did a great job in building his Daking mic pre’s, and that's why I ended up buying them. The Daking mic pre’s sound very musical, very pretty. We plugged them in and said, ‘Whoa!’”

The Daking Mic Pre IV is a 4-channel 1U unit featuring all discrete transistor circuitry, transformer balanced I/O and Class-A amplifiers. Each channel includes a 20-segment Vu meter, +48V phantom power, 20dB pad and an output level control before the last gain stage. The Mic Pre IV offers continuously variable gain control, switching with gold bi-furcated contacts throughout, stainless steel construction and aluminum knobs. A power supply is also included.

Smith's equipment audition methods continued beyond mic pre-amplification, which led him to choose converters, I/O, digital audio workstation, monitors and acoustic treatments. Says Smith,"You've got to get in and out of the digital domain without changing the tone. If you take an A/D converter, plug it into a D/A, put it in the insert of a channel, and then listen, there should be no difference, right? Well, go listen and hear all the differences!" This auditioning method ultimately led Smith to Apogee Electronics AD-16X and DA-16X converters as well as to a Hammerfall DSP MADI card and ATC monitors. As a result, Smith's console-free, PC-based, Magix Samplitude-running studio rig is quick. "Apogee's 16X stuff sounds great and it has a millisecond round trip, so we have a rig with a four millisecond round trip total. That's the equivalent to me listening to my guitar amp from four feet away. It's wonderful."

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