Producer/Engineer Fab Dupont discusses recording David Crosby’s new
album "Lighthouse" which features the Eden tube mic on lead
San Jose, CA – October 24, 2016 – Producer and
engineer Fab Dupont recorded David Crosby's new album "Lighthouse"
(GroundUP Music/Verve Label Group) at Groove Masters,
Jackson Browne's private studio in Santa Monica, then mixed it at Dupont's
own Flux Studios in New York. The microphone choices were many,
but the chosen were very few, with the Lauten Audio "Eden"
tube microphone featured on Crosby's lead vocals. The album
was produced by multi-instrumentalist Michael League of Snarky
Puppy fame and co-produced, recorded and mixed by Fab Dupont.
Dupont, commenting on the vocal mics used in the 'Lighthouse' recording
sessions said, "There was the Eden, which is all the lead vocals, and
all the lead harmonies were done with the Eden. The Eden is the sound
of the vocals." David Crosby added, "With the Eden
mic, Fab Dupont was able to capture the best vocal sound I've ever had in
my entire career."
When asked how the lead vocal mic was chosen out of Groove Masters' vast
vintage mic selection, Dupont elaborated, "Basically what happened is
David didn't know me, Michael brought me in, and so on the first
day David sees the Eden and is like, 'What's that?' He says, 'I
record here all the time. There's microphones here I love. I want to use
those,' and I said, 'Okay, cool, no problem. I'll put those up, but would
you mind trying this one? Because I think you'd like it.' He said, 'Okay,
sure, because, you know, why not?' I asked the assistant, I said, 'What's
David's favorite mic here?' and that's how the [Neumann] U 47came up.
Then, I took the 47 that was his favorite 47 from all the vintage 47s
in this 47 museum and then put the Eden up and recorded him singing into
both, and then he picked the Eden. That's how the Eden became the
microphone for the record."
"David, who has no allegiance to anything, just immediately loved the
Eden right away," Dupont adds, "wanted one for himself
immediately, and he has choice, you know? He can do whatever he
wants. Yeah, there is something very special about that mic on
Describing his sonic ideas as co-producer and engineer on the album,
Dupont reveals, "I have a certain idea of how music should sound to
make me happy-and Michael League and David Crosby had a very
clear idea of what they wanted to do. Since they decided to not put
any drums on the record that allowed me to do whatever I wanted. After
going back and listening to David's old stuff and more recent stuff, my
vision was to do something extremely pure, to focus on the lyrics and
the picking on the guitars." Lauten Audio's Atlantis FC-387
microphones were also used to record acoustic guitars in combination with
Dupont continues, "What I wanted to try and achieve is get all the
good stuff from the old recordings, which is all those vocal blends and
all that kind of warmth, like fuzzy tone, but without the
inherent artifacts of older recording, which is this slightly distant
sound. I wanted to capture the warmth and capture the blend that they had
back in the day by everybody playing together. I wanted to capture
something like that, but put it in a shell of super Hi-Fi HD gloss,
in your face, 'no recording' kind of vibe. It's a difficult balance but I
think we did it."
Check out David Crosby's new album "Lighthouse" at: http://www.davidcrosby.com
Lauten Audio's flagship microphone Eden model LT-386
is assembled in the USA and features a modified version of the Company's
31.25mm dual-diaphragm capsule, a custom wound, U.S. built output
transformer, EF806s or equivalent pentode vacuum tube, Switchcraft(r)
connectors through-out, nickel plated head, a semi-permanent shock mount,
and Lauten's new unique surface finish also done in the USA.
Accessories included with the microphone include Lauten's custom tube
microphone cable with Switchcraft connectors, hard case and mount. The
LT-386 has a list price of $3,999.00. (USD).