Wreckorder Session Equipment

29 December 2009

Emery and I had fun recording Wreckorder. This is the desk I used.

It’s called a Neve BCM 10. What makes this desk so good is the EQ section. They are called 1073’s and are the holy grail of  EQ’s. Of course there are some great EQ’s out there that aren’t 1073’s but these have a character all of their own. You can record with the shittiest mic and put it through this and it sound like Trevor Horn. These little desks were designed by Rupert Neve to be used in broadcast studios. There are 10 channels and each channel has two inputs, meaning that 2 microphones can be inserted into each. This was for the broadcast world when they would have the length of a song to set up for there next session. What made this special was that they would be able to have 2 rooms micd up at the same time, one waiting for the other to finish. All the engineer would have to do is flick each channel to the second mic and that would be that. For me it meant I could put 10 mic inputs upstairs and keep 10 downstairs. I had the help of a lovely man called Blake, to make a patch bay and install the desk… It took 5 men to carry just the empty body down to the basement… the thing weighs a ton.

I also used some amazing microphones.

The Neumann U67. This is probably my favourite. It’s the first proper mic I bought. We an A-B test with a £12000 mic and this one sounded better. We used this on electric guitar and vocals and drums and shaker and piano and and…

The Sony C37a was used for vocals.

This is called the RFT “Pop Flascher” because it looks like a soft drink bottle. Used on Vocals, Acoustic guitar and Kick Drum.

This is a copy of the classic Neumann M49 microphone. Used on vocals and acoustic guitar and piano

Here is a Neumann UM57. Used on drums…

This is an AKG c28c We used this mic to record Toms violin and acoustic guitar.

A pair of AKG c12a’s were used early on for drums but I had to send them away to get repaired.

They are still being repaired…



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7 Responses to “Wreckorder Session Equipment”

  1. Paul says:

    Hi Fran.
    I love that your discussing and posting pics of all the old condenser mics used and the Neve desk etc.I’m a musician and LOVE this kind of stuff.Please continue to post info on the recording process and the gear used.All the best for the new year.

  2. Angela Gomez-Hodgson says:

    Hi….Happy New Year
    it is nice to hear about the recording sessions and nice to see the mics and the Neve console.
    I have not done any recordings in a while but when I did I loved the AKG 414 ( the one with a c12 capsule) it was one of my favorite mic for vocals … Give it a try, I even had a choice of other tube mics… But that one had some particular sound to it that I liked.
    I don’t know if you remember me but I met you in NY after the show.
    Keep up with the news , love it!!!

  3. Issac Maez says:

    This guitar is awsome. It looks killer, although mine did not come with the widow headstock, but not a big deal for me because it still looks cool. I read in some reviews it has bad pickups but I can’t say I’d agree. The guitar sounds great with my little 10w Marshal Amp so I don’t think the pickups are as bad as some people say. The best part of this guitar besides it’s looks is the price. I paid $200 for it here and you’d be hard pressed to find a guitar as good for that price range. I’d definetly recommend this too anyone wanting to begin learning guitar or even a veteran guitar player on a tight budget. Yes, It’s that good.

  4. I bought this guitar earlier this year and it has been great to play with. I tried out many different guitars, and they either didn’t feel good, or they were out of my price range. The first time I tried this one out, it felt horrible in my hands, then a month later I tried it out again and it felt perfect. The neck is fairly thin which is what I was looking for since my hands aren’t too big. A lot of reviewers say this guitar has bad pickups, but it sounds pretty good to me. I have a small 20 watt amp and a Digitech Grunge Pedal hooked up to it and I get some really nice sound out of it. I’ve learned to play with little difficulty on this guitar and recommened you try it out first to make sure it works for you.

  5. I believe my husband is doing something the same. I wish luck to you.

  6. cb predator says:

    Hiya from Brazil! I have found your website on google. Good content! Angela E. King x

  7. Rick says:

    Fran, any chance I can “look after’ your recording gear while you are on tour?? Wish I could get my hands on that stuff!

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