San Jose, CA — June 5, 2017
— Engineer Daniel Sanint, recently
recorded vocals for Ingrid Michaelson’s new single entitled “Miss America” at Flux Studios in New York City. The
song, featuring Sara Bareilles, is on Michaelson’s new EP Alter Egos, released May 12, 2017.
Sanint chose his ‘go-to female vocal mic’ — the Lauten Audio Eden — to record both Michaelson and
Bareilles for the song.
discovered Lauten Audio working with Fab
Dupont, owner of Flux Studios. “I remember the first time that I tried the
Eden,” says Sanint about the LT-386 tube condenser mic, “it was a vocal session
that I did here at the studio with a female singer. My typical vocal chain is a
Neve pre with some EQ, then I run through the LA-2A for a little bit of
compression, that's how I print vocals. I try to not use too much EQ or
compression while I'm recording. While recording her, I popped in the EQ, the
singer is singing, I'm staring at the EQ and thinking 'I don't really have to
do anything' — it sounded great, right off the bat without EQ, and without
compression. Ever since then I've been using the Eden on a lot of sessions,
mainly for female vocalists — it works very, very well with female
producer on the track "Miss America" was Chris Kuffner, Sanint says, "It was a pretty fast session, we
got everything done in four or five hours." Sanint continues, “That was
one of the reasons why, when Kuffner called, my first choice was to have just a
couple microphones up including the Eden. The producer asked me to have a U47
for Ingrid. But knowing that the Eden has great top-end extension and great
body, I chose it, as I typically don't even have to use EQ, the mic already has
a great tone."
Ingrid, because the producer had asked me to use the U47, we started with the
U47, we did 2 takes, and I had to stop and say, 'Hold on I need to try the Eden
microphone’ — because the high-end wasn't there. As soon as we popped the Eden
on her next vocal it was such a huge difference! It just jumped out of the
speakers right away. Kuffner was asking, 'What microphone is this?!'"
continues, "The other reason I often choose the Eden is because I know
it's going to sound good regardless of the type of voice. Also, on a lot of
these sessions, the artist comes in and you don't even have time to set your
compressor or swap microphones. The singers are super busy, they come in, do
three or four takes and then they are out. The immediacy of having a microphone
like the Eden that is well balanced, that you know is going to work on any type
of voice, is super important for us."
details about the Michaelson session, Sanint adds, "Sara recorded first,
to rough vocals of Ingrid's. Sara's voice is just ridiculous, her voice is
amazing, it's very rich. Sara did about 5 takes top to bottom, with a few
things she wanted to fix on the second chorus, and that was it. Sara was there
for about 1 hour, half of which was recording. And Ingrid was the same, we did
full takes with the Eden for both of them."
vocal chain on the session was the same for both Sara and Ingrid, Sanint
explains, "The Eden mic into a Chandler Limited LTD-1 — that's a
'Neve-esque' mic pre — then a touch of compression on the LA-2A. This is a soft
song, there's no belting, it was very intimate, nice and close."
Sanint, starting as an intern at Flux Studios in 2009 worked his way up and has
been the Chief Engineer and studio manager for the past 4 years. His credits
include David Crosby, Moby, James Bay,
Andre 3000, Robert Glasper, Brasstracks, Rubén Blades, and more. Sanint has
a Masters in Music Business from New York
University and a B.S. in Audio Production from Universidad de Los Andes, Colombia. Flux Studios:
About Lauten Audio
Lauten Audio microphones continue to carve out a unique niche for recordists
seeking microphones with an original sound. In addition to the Series Black,
their product line includes their flagship “Eden” LT-386, the award-winning “Oceanus” LT-381
transformer-less tube condenser microphone, and the FC-387 “Atlantis”
solid-state Multi-voicing™ large diaphragm condenser microphone. Lauten Audio
microphones have received rave reviews from both experienced recording
engineers and leading Pro Audio magazines around the world.