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Recording Engineer Eric Legg Sticks with DakingMic-Pre/EQ by Geoffrey Daking & Co. (February 03, 2006)
Most recording engineers have a favorite piece of equipment that's a must-have at every session. For Nashville-based engineer Eric Legg it's the Mic-Pre/EQ by Geoffrey Daking & Co., Inc. Having used the Mic-Pre/EQ on every tracking session for the last ten years, Legg recently purchased the new four-channel Daking Mic-Pre IV. And now he has a new favorite.
He says of his two channels of Mic-Pre/EQ, "I've not used anything else on kick and snare in the last ten or eleven years. The Dixie Chicks "Wide Open Spaces" is all Daking. There's not a record that I've done where I haven't had at least kick and snare through those pres, including the new Lari White, and Billy Dean recent records."
And the new Mic-Pre IV is even better, says Legg. He reports that it has performed so impressively during the four weeks that he's been using it that two colleagues have also purchased the unit, including Nashville's first-call master session guitar player, Brent Mason. He first heard it on an album session Legg was engineering for Michael Peterson.
Mason, an award-winning guitar player who has appeared on Nashville-produced releases by artists such as Alabama, George Strait, Willie Nelson, Shania Twain, Aaron Neville, Trisha Yearwood, Randy Travis and Neil Diamond, is now recording a new solo album of instrumental music with his brother, Legg reports. "I'm supposed to be mixing the record. The Daking Mic-Pre IV is the only mic pre they're using, for bass and all the guitars and everything."
Legg, who rents studio space at local drum rental and cartage company Drum Paradise, even borrowed Mason's Mic-Pre IV for one recent session. "I used his and mine combined at a tracking session I did a couple of weeks ago, and loaded them up with drums."
Indeed, the Daking mic preamps have been kept busy of late, with Legg busy finishing three album projects during October and November. "I was working 18 hours a day, seven days a week. Thanksgiving was my first day off in three-and-a-half weeks. That's the life of an engineer. But it's nice to be doing something I love."
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