Recording at Airshow
The recording studio is where creativity and work meet, aspiring to a magical outcome.
In the midst of holiday craziness (the holidaze!) I spent some time recording at Airshow’s Takoma Park Studios.
I worked with engineer Don Godwin, who recently moved to the area from Brooklyn to be a staff engineer at Airshow.
For microphones, we used a matched pair of German Schoeps MK 4 (cardioid) capsules with CMC6 microphone amplifiers, approximately two feet from the guitar, combined with a pair of Neumann TLM 170R microphones in the far corners of the room. A variant of ORTF stereo placement known as NOS stereo, the sound quality was remarkably precise.
I recorded 14 classical guitar pieces over four days, including nine of my own compositions and five other works by Baden Powell, Antonio Lauro and others. Among my own compositions were some new works as well as a few pieces that are more than three decades old, which I recently revamped and revised.
Though I have performed live on the guitar in a variety of situations and countries over the years, I had not previously spent very much time in the recording studio. The prospect made me a bit nervous, frankly, but I warmed up by recording at home and by trying to maintain a positive attitude. Don helped by making me feel as comfortable as possible and making frequent pots of java.