AEA Fix It In The Mic - Sear Sound
This very special episode of AEA's Fix It In The Mic video series features a rare inside look at one of New York City's most legendary studios: Sear Sound. Chris Allen, the studio's chief engineer, invited us for a tour around the studio, talk some shop, and learn about his recording techniques in full detail.
Chris Allen learned the art and the craft of sound recording from Walter Sear until his passing in 2010 and continues his legacy and his philosophy to engineering. The primary goal is to capture that spark that occurs in live performance and to transfer this to the recording medium. The ambience, the 'feel' of the studio is the most critical element. It isn't equipment but it is the feeling that is imparted by Sear Sound's staff, and Chris embodies that to the fullest. In our video, he shares some of his best-kept secrets for drums and bass recording, in addition to talking about some of his most favorite mics in the extensive locker.
As a very special treat, Roberta Findlay, the studio's manager, joins us for a lovely piano performance while Chris explains his go-to grand piano recording setup consisting of an AKG C24 and an AEA R88 stereo ribbon. We also get to hear a mono AEA NUVO N22 ribbon mic as an additional center channel in the recording. Listen to the isolated tracks in our "Listening Room" player or download the high-res files on the left!
Music: Filou - "Impressions"