Famed Drummer Uses British Audio Engineering Gear for Classic Sound
Kenny Aronoff, one of the world’s most influential drummers, has chosen the BAE 312A mic pre-amp and BAE 1073 and 1084 EQ from British Audio Engineering. Aronoff combines his sizable collection of top microphones with the BAE gear to achieve what he refers to as a “stunning, very classy, smooth and rich vintage sound.”
With a style of playing that combines power and finesse, Kenny was named the #1 Pop/Rock Drummer and the #1 Studio Drummer for five consecutive years by the readers of Modern Drummer Magazine, and in addition has played on over 30 Grammy-nominated recordings.
Before acquiring the BAE gear, Aronoff conducted extensive tests with a large number of competitive EQ and mic pre-amps. “I did shootouts and the difference is unbelievable,” he remarks. “The BAE mic-pre and EQ units are very impressive on their own, but the combination of the two gives a sound that is just so punchy and powerful.”
In 1999, BAE carved out a premium niche in the vintage Neve/API market as the first company to remanufacture the 1073 mic-pre/equalizer since its discontinuation by Neve in the 70s. After years of repurposing and racking up mic-pre’s and EQ from classic Neve and API consoles, BAE now faithfully recreates new versions using original sources, including Jensen transformers, Carnhill transformers, and Elma gold-plated switches from Switzerland.
“Our gear is all discrete and completely hand-wired,” explains Mark Loughman (pronounced Lofman), who after serving as chief engineer for many years is now CEO and owner of BAE. “The original Neve 1073 mic pre/EQs are known as the Holy Grail of outboard gear, but manufacturing was discontinued in the 70s. Eventually that supply has dried up, so we have gone to the original component suppliers to continue the legacy.”
In addition to touring and working steadily as a studio session drummer in much demand, Kenny Aronoff also records drum tracks in his studio for a wide variety of musicians and delivers them in Pro Tools files with as many as 18 individual tracks for later re-recording and mixing.
“The BAE gear allowed me to perfect my concept of a flat and pure sound, so the artist and producer can do whatever they want with my drum tracks,” Aronoff explains. “I don’t want to second guess their sound. I want to deliver quality tracks that have the most to work with. You get what you pay for, and BAE has made a huge difference in what I was ultimately looking for.”
To view a video conversation with Kenny Aronoff and Mark Loughman, visit: http://baeaudio.com
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BAE (British Audio Engineering; formerly Brent Averill Enterprises) manufactures high-end microphone pre-amplifiers, equalizers, and compressors. Faithful to the designs and fabrication of vintage gear from the 60s and 70s, BAE uses the highest quality components from the original suppliers, such as Carnhill (previously St. Ives) and Jensen. All BAE products are entirely hand-wired and soldered using discrete electronics with no circuit boards. All products come with a full 1-year warranty, with a 5-year option.
BAE is not affiliated with Neve(r) or API(r)