Glenn Death

6 Reasons Why Glenn Isn’t Dead. #6 is Rock Solid Proof.

So I’m a bit of a Walking Dead nerd, and I thought I would present some hardcore evidence on why Glenn isn’t dead.

If you think Glenn is dead, think again. Here’s 6 reasons why he isn’t.

#1. He’s Filmed More Episodes

Glenn has been spotted filming episodes with characters that have not yet been introduced this season.

#2: IMDB Credits

He is also listed as appearing in all 83 episodes on IMDB.

#3: He’s Part of a Major Plot Twist

Glenn is part of a major plot twist that happens in The Walking Dead comics. Though the TV show does veer off from the comics to a certain extent, it is highly unlikely that they would omit Glenn from this major plot point.

#4: Trailer Scenes

Glenn was shown in TWD Season 6 trailer where he shouted “Rick is Dangerous”. We haven’t seen this scene yet.

#5: Talking Dead

Glenn was not shown as deceased at the end of the Talking Dead during the “those we lost segment”, and also did not appear on the Talking Dead afterwards. Usually when characters die they appear on the show to talk about it.

#6: Nicholas is on Top of Glenn

As we can see from the fall, Nicholas is on top of Glenn in mid fall. Glenn lands first, so only sense would tell us that Glenn is on the bottom.




Another shot, we can see a large hump here that is most likely Nicholas’s shoulder. Glenn is horrified to see Nicholas’s guts being ripped out in front of him, but he still has a chance to squirm out of this one!

Do you think Glenn is still alive?

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13 Big Hollywood Films Shot With The Cannon 5D Mark II

If you have ever wondered what big Hollywood films used the Canon 5D Mark II, here is a list of the most notable films that used this is DSLR camera while filming.

Two of these were even shot *entirely* on the Mark II!


Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

Cameras Used: ARRI ALEXA M Camera, ARRI ALEXA Plus Camera, Blackmagic Cinema Camera, Canon EOS-5D Mark II Camera, Nikon D800 Camera, Olympus E-P5 Camera


Elysium (2013)

Cameras Used: Canon EOS-5D Mark II Camera, Red Epic Camera


Noah (2014)

Cameras Used: Canon EOS-5D Mark II Camera, ARRI ALEXA Plus Camera, ARRICAM Lite (LT) Camera, ARRIFLEX 435 Camera


Frankenweenie (2012)

Cameras Used: Canon EOS-5D Mark II Camera


The Avengers (2012)

Cameras Used: ARRI ALEXA Camera, ARRIFLEX 435 Camera, Canon EOS-5D Mark II Camera, Canon EOS-7D Camera


The Bourne Legacy (2012)

Cameras Used: ARRI ALEXA Camera, ARRIFLEX 235 Camera, ARRIFLEX 435 Xtreme Camera, Bell & Howell Eyemo Camera, Canon EOS-5D Mark II Camera, Panavision Panaflex Millennium XL2 Camera


Thor: The Dark World (2013)

Cameras Used: ARRI ALEXA Plus Camera, Canon EOS-5D Mark II Camera, Phantom Flex Camera, Red Epic Camera


127 Hours (2010)

Cameras Used: Canon EOS-1D Mark IV Camera, Canon EOS-5D Mark II Camera, Canon EOS-7D Camera, IDT / Redlake Y5 Camera, Moviecam Compact MK2 Camera, Moviecam Superlight Camera, Silicon Imaging SI-2K Mini Camera


Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

Cameras Used: ARRI ALEXA Camera, ARRIFLEX 235 Camera, ARRIFLEX 435 Camera, Canon EOS-5D Mark II Camera, Panavision Genesis Camera, Panavision Panaflex Millennium XL Camera


Black Swan (2010)

Cameras Used: ARRIFLEX 416 Camera, Canon EOS-1D Mark IV Camera, Canon EOS-5D Mark II Camera, Canon EOS-7D Camera


Act of Valor (2012)

Cameras Used: ARRIFLEX 235 Camera, ARRIFLEX 435 Camera, Canon EOS-5D Mark II Camera, Panavision Panaflex Platinum Camera


House M.D. (2012)

**I know I know, technically not a big hollywood movie, but this had to make the list!**
Season 6 Finale “Help Me”
Shot entirely on Cannon 5D Mark II


Iron Man 2 (2010)

Cameras Used: Canon EOS-5D Mark II Camera, Panavision Panaflex Millennium XL Camera


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Hollywood Stars Now Being Filmed on the Blackmagic URSA

No one can deny that the Blackmagic URSA is a fantastic camera capable of producing some really fine work. While you can definitely find some independent work and Sundance films being done on Blackmagic cameras, you don’t normally see big name actors in front of this camera.

Some have criticized Blackmagic with the argument that they don’t have as much credibility as the Red because there is a lack of big name actors being lensed by Blackmagic Cameras.

Well that’s all about to change. Check out the trailer for 4GOT10 starring Dolph Lundgren (The Expendables), Danny Trejo (Dusk Till Dawn), and Vivica A. Fox (Independence Day).

Guess what? Filmed entirely on the Blackmagic URSA.

4GOT10 will premiere on September 11th, at the 2015 Burbank International Film Festival.

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The 10 Best Explanations of Interstellar’s Meaning

As if Christopher Nolan hasn’t confused us enough times, 2014’s Interstellar carries on that tradition in epic lens flaring fashion.

What is Interstellar’s Meaning? What did the ending mean? Why did I stay up till 5am trying to figure it out?

I will admit I am a little late to the game, as I recently saw the film for the first time. As I am sure all of you did right after the movie, I went on a googling spree of never-ending proportions to try and figure out what I just watched for 3 hours.

I could try to explain Interstellar’s meaning myself, but I found that a group of people much smarter than me had already done that. So I put together this collection of what I believe to be the The 10 Best Explanations of Interstellar’s Meaning.

#1: Explaining the Interstellar Ending


Source: Den of Geek

Summary: This article does not really attempt to define the meaning of Interstellar as much as it breaks down the events in the film so they are easy to understand. It’s easy to get lost in 3 hour Christopher Nolan film and not be able to follow along. So I suggest you read this article 1st before moving on to the rest

#2: Interstellar Ending & Space Travel Explained


Source: Screen Rant

Summary: This explanation of Interstellar’s meaning centers around the concept that humanity is at its absolute best when it is thrown into the unknown and forced to explore. Ofcourse you will have to read the article to find out exactly what they mean by that.

#3: Why Interstellar’s Ending Doesn’t Mean What You Think It Means


Source: Cinema Blend

Summary: This one is pretty bleak. Author Sean O’Connell’s take is that Coopper is dead. Dr. Brand is dead. Everyone is flipping dead. Depressing as it may sound, it was actually the original ending to the movie as written by Christopher Nolan’s Screen Writing brother, Jonathan Nolan. So perhaps the events at the end of the movie are just manifestations of Cooper’s brain freaking out out he is being crush by the pressure inside the black hole. This was refrenced by Matt Damon’s crazy character when he said, “The last thing you see before you die is your children.”

#4: Interstellar Ending Explained: Time Travel and the Real Science


Source: Movie Web

Summary: This is yet another breakdown of the events of the, but includes a fantastic video by Neil DeGrasse and also this incredible visual timeline aid.

#5: Jonathan Nolan’s Ending to INTERSTELLAR Made A Lot More Sense


Source: Nerdist

Summary: This article describes Screen Writer Jonathan Nolan’s original ending to Interstellar. Apparently the second Nolan brother was at a speaking event and was asked about the film’s ending. If you want to go with the everyone’s dead theory, then this certainly lines up with it a lot better. Supposedly Cooper was supposed to die as soon as he ejected himself from his craft in the black hole. But hey, perhaps he did?

#6: ‘Interstellar’: A Physicist Explains That Crazy Ending


Source: Yahoo Movies

Summary: Yahoo movies went all out on this one. They grabbed a physicist, Dr. Sean Carroll, and had him explain a breakdown of the events of Interstellar and how they relate to real physics. Put your thinking cap on for this one because it’s a wild ride.

#7: FAQ: Interstellar


Source: Slate

Summary: This Slate article presents several questions about the film and provide answers to each one. This includes explaining why the Tesseract in the Interstellar universe is different than the one we all know and love from the world of the Avengers..

#8: Neil deGrasse Tyson Interstellar Mysteries: Nine Questions About Christopher Nolan’s Movie


Source: Slash Film

Summary: Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson takes on nine questions about Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar in this article. If you’re interested in how real world physics relate to Interstellar’s meaning, take a gander at this article.

#9: Christopher Nolan Explains Interstellar’s Big, Hotly Debated Twist


Source: The Daily Beast

Summary: I actually disagree with this, because I don’t believe Christopher Nolan explains it at all. He basically just tells us to figure it out for ourselves. However, since this is literally the only commentary out there from Nolan on this film, I decided to include it in this list.

#10: How does Cooper in Interstellar end up in a tesseract?


Source: Quora

Summary: This is not actually an article, but a fantastic thread on Quora where several really good theories are explained. I could summarize each one, but I think it’s best if you read them for yourself. Definitely some good information in this thread.

BONUS: Hilarious video from Mr Sunday Movies


Sorry, I had to include this as a bonus. This incredibly hilarious explanation of Interstellar’s meaning from the Mr. Sunday Movies youtube channel is a riot. He actually explains it pretty well, but you will have to watch it a few times. You will be too busy laughing to get each point.

So what do YOU think Interstellar’s Meaning was? Tell me in the comments!

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Did you know ‘Age of Ultron’ shot with the Blackmagic Pocket Camera?

You read that right. The $340 Million Dollar Budget, Marvel Blockbuster Avengers: Age of Ultron used 8 Blackmagic Pocket Cameras to film various sequences of the film. Keep in mind this is a camera that can be purchased for under $1,000 on Amazon.

Now, to be clear, the majority of the film was shot on an $80,000 Arri Alexa Camera. However Director of Photography Ben Davis (Guardian’s of the Galaxy) needed to get some high action and high risk shots during the intense battle scenes of Age of Ultron.

Sure the film had a 340 Million Dollar budget, but sticking an $80,000 Arri Alexa in a car and throwing another car on top of it would even make Donald Trump sweat like a pig!

So Davis decided to use the more economical Blackmagic Pocket Camera for these shots.

Here is Davis explaining how he did this from a quote in a Blackmagic Press Release:

Ben Davis

There are two large battle sequences in particular during the film, the first is at the beginning and the second features in the third act, and we very much wanted these to be shot as a war correspondent would cover news in a conflict zone. What we needed was a lightweight camera that we could then distribute around the set during the filming of battle sequences that would give us more than twelve frames of good quality HD material that we could match with our main camera package. For this we used eight Pocket Cinema Cameras paired with either a 14mm pancake lens or a 12-35mm zoom, which we then mounted to impact points around the set. Say for example a truck was being blown up and thrown through the air and we wanted to capture it landing on top of a car, we would put one of the Pocket Cinema Cameras in a small metal housing and put it in the car. Another instance involved mounting the Blackmagic camera to a tank, because we could literally strap it one on the end of a magic arm and bolt it to almost anywhere we wanted it to be on the tank.

So just to explain a little more, sometimes cinematographers use lighter, smaller, and less expensive cameras for high risk or tight shots. They use the footage to “cut in” with the other high dollar cameras.

This means that even though the camera they use may be cheap, and even though the shot may only be a few seconds long, it has to produce a certain level of quality to match or looks like it belongs with the expensive footage.

Shut up already! Which shots were filmed with the blackmagic pocket camera?!?!?

Ok ok! So after spending some time reading through quotes and press releases, and watching Age of Ultron damn near frame-by-frame, we came up with several shots we believe to be shot with the blackmagic pocket camera.

Car being hit by bus

From what we can tell by Ben’s quote, this shot was comprised of a blackmagic pocket camera housed in a protective metal cage, sat on the ground in front of the impact zone. The shot is only a few seconds long, but looks fantastic!

Quinjet Attack

We know for a fact that this shot is the blackmagic pocket camera, as Davis describes this shot in a direct quote:

In the film’s final act, the Avenger Quinjet does a kind of low-flying strafing run across Thor and Captain America. “I basically took one of the stripped-down Pocket Cameras, put on a wide-angle lens and put it on the ground, set the camera angle with it and let it go.

Random explosion

This shot is yet another that seems to be a camera set on the ground in the line of fire, most likely the blackmagic pocket camera. Quote below:

If an explosion was going off, the Pocket Cameras were placed in and around the explosion. They were basically in the line of fire.

Black Widow’s Bike Mount

In another creative use of the blackmagic pocket camera, Davis mounted several to Black Widow’s bike to get some close up/in motion shots of her on the bike while she was riding. See quote below:

We also rigged them to the sides of tanks in some of the scenes, and also on the motorbike driven by Scarlett during a chase sequence. That’s what I really loved about them: you could literally plonk them down anywhere.


. . . and another shot in the same sequence.

So what does tell us about the Blackmagic Pocket Camera?

Well it tells us a few things.

A camera does not spit out blockbuster footage all by itself, it must be in the hands of someone that know’s what they are doing. However, to be able to be cut side by side with shots filmed on big Hollywood Cameras, it does have to be of a certain quality.

The Blackmagic Pocket Camera obviously can produce this level of quality, and much more. In fact, several Award Winning Sundance Films even used it as their main camera. Additionally, Max Max: Fury Road used the Blackmagic Pocket Camera for the entire tunnel escape sequence.



If you want to shoot a fantastic film on a budget, the Blackmagic Pocket Camera can certainly get you there. You can currently buy it for $995 on Amazon .

What do you think about Age of Ultron using a $995 camera? Leave a comment below!

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MXL 990 Review – The 7 Most Useful Reviews From Around The Web

The MXL 990 is a popular studio microphone, mainly because it is cheap. It is easily purchased from Guitar Center Online with beer money, but does it sound like a $59 mic, or something more?

So as I am sure you can guess, there are thousands of reviews on the web regarding this mic. However, only a fraction of these reviews are actually useful. So in this post we take a look at the 7 most useful MXL 990 reviews from around the web.

Note: The last review on our list shares some info about the MXL 990 you probably don’t know, and how to make it sound way better


Best MXL 990 Review from Amazon

An Amazon customer by the screen name “Bassman” points out that the mic is decent, but a little muddy. However, he is quick to point out that in this price range, it is by far the best mic around. The MXL 990 should work just find for voiceovers and basic song demos, especially if you are on a budget. However for primo work, it might fall a little short.


Best MXL 990 Review from Musicians Friend

This Musician’s Friend customer left a lengthy review, and pointed out several things.

  1. The MXL 990 sound far better than it’s price range.
  2. Even $5000 mice can sound terrible, so price isn’t always the measure of quality.
  3. With a decent preamp, you CAN use this mic to record a commercial album.
  4. He used it side by side with super expensive mice, and it held up.
  5. It’s a hot mic, so don’t drive it too hard.
  6. There is a bit of a bump at 8-10k, so be careful boosting these frequencies.

mxl 990 review


Best MXL 990 Review from Guitar Center

Billy left a review on Guitar Center’s product page, and pointed out that paired with a good preamp that has phantom power, this mic can rock.

I’d like to point out that Billy is a hardcore vocalist. Screaming is one of the hardest vocal techniques to record due to the irritating frequencies that can result from the performance.

If it worked well for Billy’s vocals/screaming, I’m sure it will work well for almost anything!


Youtube MXL 990 Review from Trevor

Trevor from youtube demonstrates the MXL 990 pretty well in this video. He let’s you hear the difference between just plain camera audio and the actual mic. He also points out that you could spend $99 on a cheap USB microphone, or you could spend the same amount on the MXL 990 and get a way better sound.


Youtube MXL 990 Review from JordanHumble

This guy certainly has some charm! Jordan Humble had owned the MXL 990 for about a year when he filmed this review. He starts by going through the packaging and showing the mic itself, and how to use the stand.

He points out that he has not had any issues with it, and while it is not the best microphone out there, it is certainly the best for the price.

He also tells you how to make a cheap DIY pop filter out of a wire hang and pantyhose haha!


Youtube MXL 990 Review from CowcarMusic

The reason we like this review is because it features the MXL 990 on guitar, and it done in a condo, not a professionally treated studio. This shows you what the MXL 990 is capable of in a normal home studio environment.

Ryan points out that his audio was recorded with no eq and no compression. Just raw mic audio.

He also point out that the MXL 990 is in fact a low budget microphone, and while it sounds great, it can have a little humming. You shouldn’t hear this in the mix though.

Ryan plays guitar through the MXL 990 from the hole position and the 12th fret position, and also through two different preamps. So this gives you a really good idea of how the MXL 990 can sound in a variety of settings.



#1 Most Useful MXL 990 Review


anxious from Gearslutz forum

This review blew my mind. It is surely the most useful information about the MXL 990 on the web. User “anxious” from gearslutz points out that there is actually a cable loading issue with the MXL 990, and he has verified this with an oscilloscope.

What does this mean? It means the mic needs a minimum load capacitance to function properly.

Ok ok what does that mean? Well it means that when you use a short cable with the MXL 990 (which most people do), it will sound harsh and and generally low quality. However, if you use a long cable, the problem disappears and the mic sounds fantastic!

This could explain why when searching for reviews on the MXL 990, you tend to find either extremely positive reviews, or extremely negative.

Also, if you notice, there are a TON of glowing reviews about this microphone when recording overheads. This is probably because when people record cymbals/drums, it is often through a long snake or long mic cable, which would eliminate the load problem.

Judging from these reviews, if you are a a beginner or have a low budget, the MXL 990 is about the best you are going to find. If you have a large budget or are a pro, it may not be your first choice for vocals, but it could definitely work for room or cymbal mics!

You can buy the MXL 990 on Amazon, or get it from Guitar Center Online.

So what do you think about the MXL 990? Leave your thoughts below!

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7 Pros that use the Avalon 737

The Avalon 737sp preamp is a staple in the studio, yet is not without controversy. You can regularly find engineers bashing it on forums, or as we have heard one tech call it, “A wire with gain”.

We use it in our studio and love it. If you want to hear it in action, you can check out an in-depth Avalon 737 Demo with audio samples we did some time ago.

So, we know what a lot of unknown engineers on the audio forums think. But we set out to find out what the Pros think. So after a full day of research and about 7 pots of coffee, we came up with this list of 7 Pros that use the Avalon 737.


Dave Pensado

@pensadosplace

Credits: Michael Jackson – Earth, Wind & Fire – Mariah Carey – P!nk – Beyoncé – Shakira – Usher – Will Smith


Back in 2004, a guest user on Gearslutz asked Dave a pretty straightforward question.

Dave what outboard do u consider mandatory?

See screenshot below:

Well that is pretty damn direct! I myself would love to know what gear Dave friggen Pensado considers not only a must have, but mandatory! Thankfully, Dave responded to the post and not only mentioned the Avalon 737, but made sure to put in parenthesis “a great all in one“.

Dave’s Avalon preamp can be seen in his rack in many of his videos on Pensado’s Place, and heard on many records he produced.


Chad Kroeger

@Nickelback

Credits: Avril Lavigne – Santana – My Darkest Days – Thornley – Bo Bice- Nickelback – Theory of a Deadman


Chad Kroeger is mostly known for being the lead singer of Nickelback, but he is actually an accomplished producer as well. When Nickelback set out to make The Long Road, Chad (being aggravated with studio delays), hired a contractor to build a studio in his barn in 30 days, and recording commenced.

In a Mixonline interview back in 2003, Chad was asked what vocal chain he used on the “barn recorded” followup to Silver Side Up. Surprisingly, his response included a Rode NTK as the mic, along with an Avalon 737 at the end of the chain.

Here is a quote from the Mixonline article:

Vocals were recorded in the upstairs vocal booth with a simple setup of a RØDE NTK tube mic running through a Neve 1084 preamp, UREI1176 compressor and Avalon 737 SP mic processor.

Seeing as the Avalon preamp was last in the chain, we are assuming that it was primarily used for EQ. Also, in case you were wondering why he used an NTK when he probably had access to a plethora of microphones, Chad said:

If I’m screaming, we need to be able to have a diaphragm that’s going to beable to handle the screaming and is not going to gut out some of the stuff

Kroeger’s vocal sound has become extremely sought after and is considered by some to be the holy grail of the “big rock” sound.

So if you are looking for that huge rock vocal sound, you may want to consider throwing the Avalon preamp in your chain.


Mike Mangini

@manginimike

Credits: Joss Stone – Tom Jones – Dream Theater – Donny Osmond- Joan Osborne – Disney – Jonas Brothers – Baha Men


Mike Mangini is yet another well know musician (drummer of Dream Theater) that also excels in engineering and producing. Blair Jackson from Mixonline did an interview with Mike, asking questions about his vocal micing on Joss Stone’s “Mind Body and Soul“.

Mike said that because Joss’s voice is so inherently dark, he wanted to capture it as is, without color. Mike chose the Sony C-800 to mic Joss’s voice, explaining that is was the most transparent mic available and really let her voice shine unaltered.

Obviously, his preamp choice was next, and staying in line with the “unaltered” approach, he chose the Avalon 737 to keep the path as clear and transparent as possible.

Here’s a quote from Mike:

We went with the C-800, which seemed totally transparent. So that was the mic we used primarily on both records, and then we’d also go through an Avalon 737.

Seeing that Mike took such care to find a totally transparent mic to preserve Stone’s voice, we believe this is a testament to the clarity of the Avalon preamp, as Mike chose it to match the transparency of the Sony C-800.


Young Guru

@young_guru

Credits: Method Man – Mariah Carey – Jay-Z – Ludacris – T.I. – Pete Rock – Ghostface Killah – Fabolous


Young Guru certainly lives up to his name, as he is considered one of the top recording and mixing engineers in Hip Hop. He has mixed 8 Jay-Z records, 2 Mariah Carey records, and a host of top Hip Hop albums.

Specifically talking about Jay-Z’s vocals, here’s a quote from Young Guru on the Avalon 737:

My signal chain is normally a Neumann 87 or 67 going into an Avalon 737. I love the way the Avalon preamp sounds with his voice. It’s a perfect match. I use the 737 compressor as well as the preamp.

This quote can be found in this SoundonSound Interview from December of 2009.


Johnny K

@thegroovestudio

Credits: Alien Ant Farm – Nonpoint – Disturbed – Megadeth – Staind – Sevendust – 3 Doors Down – Drowning Pool


Johnny K (John Karkazis) owns Groovemaster Recording Studios in Chicago, IL. The K man has also engineered some of metals top artists, such as Disturbed and Mushroomhead.

So how does Mr. K feel about the Avalon 737?

Here is a quote from this 2003 Mixonline Interview:

We changed mic pre and compression settings to bring out the depth of David’s vocals. We overdrove the compressor. We used a Distressor on the vocals occasionally when we tracked, but it was not always engaged. The vocal mic pre was an Avalon 737, and I used a Neumann tube as a vocal mic

Well he feels good enough about it to use it on David Draiman of Disturbed’s vocals, specifically on their debut album “The Sickness“. Great album, great sound!


Billy Howerdel

@billyhowerdel

Credits: A Perfect Circle – Guns N’ Roses – Hollywood Undead – Trust Company – Melvins – Ashes Divide- Secondhand Serenade


Billy Howerdel started out as a studio engineer / road tech, and wound up forming one of the worlds most eclectic hard rock bands, A Perfect Circle.

It wasn’t easy though, as APC’s front man Maynard James Keenan is also the lead singer of the legendary Tool.

This forced Howerdel to write and even track a lot of APC’s record on the road.

In this 2001 Mixonline Interview, Robert Hanson asks Billy what gear he takes with him on the road to record tracks:

I’ve got a big 20-space rack with a Marathon 9600 with a Pro Tools MIXPlus system, an Avalon 737 and the new Apogee 2-track, a little Mackie mixer, a tube mic, a basic guitar and an acoustic, and I pretty much do everything.

We are assuming the Avalon preamp was used mostly for DI and probably a bit of compression. It is said that Maynard may even have tracked some vocals in Howerdel’s hotel room, but Billy explains he mostly did it at home and they sent tracks back and forth.


Steve Hodge

Credits: Jam and Lewis – Boyz II Men – Michael Jackson – Mary J. Blige – Toni Braxton – Janet Jackson – Spice Girls


If you are scratching your head wondering if you have heard of Steve Hodge, don’t feel bad. Steve has intentionally tried to stay out of the spotlight all these years, but the man has engineered more top R&B records than you can shake a stick at.

Steve is probably best known for mixing literally every Jam and Lewis record, but he also worked with Michael Jackson on vocal tracking several times.

We found this SoundonSound article where Steve talks about what gear he used to track Michael’s vocals. His quote not only reveals his use of the Avalon 737 as both preamp and EQ, but offers some insight into the magic that occurred while recording the King of Pop.

I ran it into the Avalon 737 preamp with the EQ and compressor built in. With Michael, you set the mic and stand back. He moves around incredibly when singing, just like he does on stage. But he has this remarkable knack for getting back precisely on mic in time for the line. He could circle the room and never miss a line. The problem was that the mic would pick up all of the noises he made — finger-snapping, mouth-popping and so on; he’s a huge foot-stomper. A lot of the percussion you hear on his records is actually him. What you have to do is build new percussion tracks around his vocal later. You have to augment it rather than try to cover it up.

Well we learned two things we didn’t know.

  • The most iconic voice in Pop went through an Avalon 737.
  • Michael Jackson created music with every inch of his body!

If you want to take the plunge and add the Avalon 737 to your chain, you can buy from Guitar Center
or for faster shipping, you can buy from Amazon .

So what do YOU think about the Avalon 737?

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Preamp Shootout! N72 vs Avalon 737 vs Trident 4t vs Midas Venice vs Voicemaster Pro


About this video:

I use Wistia instead of Youtube. It only plays in HD and the HD is better quality than Youtube IMO. You can listen to the audio right n the video. I can post the actual wav files too if anyone is interested.

How they were recorded.

Voiceover was recorded with a Nuemann TLM 102 into Pro Tools with Apogee conversion at 48k. All tracks normalized to -2db.

Acoustic Guitar was recorded with a Nuemann TLM 102 into Pro Tools with Apogee conversion at 48k. All tracks normalized to -2db.

Distorted Guitar was recorded with a Shure SM-57 miced very slightly off center but pretty much right on the cone, into Pro Tools with Apogee conversion at 48k. All tracks normalized to -2db. Guitar used was Gibson Les Paul 57 Historical Reissue tuned to drop C with Ernie Ball Heavy/Light strings. Head was Bogner Uberschall Rev Blue. Cab was Mesa Recto Cab.

The Full Mix was simply the same guitar tracks, with an extra tracks played and hard panned. The drums are Superior Drummer and bass was Music Man Stingray just DI. We over compressed the bass but didn’t think is was relevant to the shootout so we didn’t go back and fix it.

Gear used in this video

Seventh Circle Audio N72 Preamp (view details)

Avalon 737sp Channel Strip (view details)

Focusrite Voicemaster Pro (view details)

Trident 4t Celebration (view details)

Midas Venice Console (view details)

Neumann TLM 102 Condenser microphone  (view details)

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