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Producer/Engineer Ken Caillat On My Latest Inner Circle Podcast

Producer Ken CaillatRegardless of your age, you’ve no doubt heard much of Rumors over the years, the great Fleetwood Mac album from 70s. The songs from that record are still heard everywhere today, and a tribute to the contributions to the project (as well as 3 others by Fleetwood Mac) by my guest on this week’s podcast – producer/engineer Ken Caillat.

Ken has a long list superstar credits including The Beach Boys, Frank Sinatra, Pat Benetar, Herbie Hancock and many more. He’s also the father and producer of singer/songwriter Colby Caillat.

During the interview we talk about how he first connected with Fleetwood Mac, the recording of Rumors (including an interesting tape loop story), as well as what it’s like to produce your daughter.

In the intro I’ll take a look at how EDM has peaked and its popularity is slowing, and the implications of SoundCloud’s new Go paid tier.

Remember that you can find the podcast at BobbyOInnerCircle.com, either on iTunes, Stitcher and now on Mixcloud and Google Play

New Music Gear Monday: Audio Technica ATM230 Tom Microphone

ATM230It doesn’t matter what microphone you like to use on toms, because chances are that it’s going to pick up a lot of the cymbals as well. This is pretty typical because most of the mics that end up on toms have a cardioid pattern. The problem is that there aren’t too many true hypercardioid mics available to limit that cymbal bleed, especially in a package that fits conveniently out of the way of both drummer and cymbals. That was before the recent introduction of the Audio Technica’s ATM230 purpose-built tom mic though.

The new ATM230 is that elusive hypercardioid mic built into a small package, with a response that’s tailored to capture both the stick sound and body of all rack and floor toms. What’s even better is the fact that it comes with an integral isolated tom mount, so you don’t need an expensive 3rd party mount or mic stand.

It’s a dynamic mic so it’s inherently rugged, and is made of metal so it can stand up to stick hits (I hate it when my expensive condenser mics take a hit), and it’s reasonably priced to boot.

The Audio Technica ATM230 has a street price of $139 and also comes in a three pack for $349.

Recording A Band With Just One Stereo Mic

Recoding With 1 MicUsually I post an isolated track on Friday, but this is something that’s pretty close. In this video, engineer John Cuniberti uses a single stereo mic, in this case a AEA R88 stereo ribbon, to record the band San Geronimo – no overdubs, no additional mics.

For those of you who don’t know, John was the guy who came up with the idea of reamping, a technique and box that’s used every day in studios around the world.

The recording just goes to show how good it can actually sound when the band is placed at the right distances, know how to control their volume, and all come up with a good performance at the same time. Of course, having a great acoustic environment really helps as well (25th Street Recording in Oakland).