Eugene Toale Captures the Diverse Sounds of LA’s Burgeoning Latin Alternative Scene with the BAE Audio 1073DMP

Producer Eugene Toale Turns to the Classic Sound of the 1073DMP to Grab Every Nuance of Modern and Traditional Instruments Alike for Up-and-Coming Artists Such as Sin Color, Buyepongo and Las Cafeteras

April 7, 2016 · Hollywood, Calif. – Producer Eugene Toale never considered himself a vintage preamp guy. “I’ve been engineering since 1999 and never really reached for vintage pres,” Toale says. “I’m kind of a hi-fi person, so I worry about what transformers are in line and what I’m giving up and how much distortion I’m causing.” But when a friend suggested he try the BAE Audio 1073DMP, he agreed to give the vintage design one last shot. “To my surprise, I completely fell in love,” he says. Now the 1073DMP has become the workhorse of his studio inside the Bedrock LA complex, where he has developed a reputation as the go-to producer for Latin Alternative music. The 1073DMP was featured heavily on Buyepongo’s Todo Mundo, released in late 2015, and was used on all sources for the upcoming record by Las Cafeteras. “Using the 1073DMP has been like a revolution for me,” he says. “I’m using it for everything.”

The Sound of a Burgeoning Scene
Toale, who cut his teeth as an engineer in New York City working with top hip-hop artists including Kanye West and Raekwon, relishes the opportunity to use the 1073DMP in his work with the up-and-coming Latin Alternative music scene in Los Angeles. “I’m now producing 12 of the Latin bands that are coming out of here,” Toale explains. “We’re not talking regional Mexican music. It’s more like the alternative music that the kids in Silver Park and Echo Lake are doing but sung in Spanish and always incorporating traditional influences.” That unique blend of influences has provided Toale with an opportunity to test the mettle of the 1073DMP on a wide range of sound sources, including some traditional instruments less common to American studios. “I’m recording everything from high-tech dance sounds to indigenous Mexican instruments, and the 1073DMP has been amazing at capturing the nuances of all of them,” he says. “It has been an incredible addition to my toolbox to have a preamp that I could lean on in new ways.”

Ready for Anything
Toale has been surprised by how universally applicable the 1073DMP has been to all of his sources. “I’m not usually a one mic, one stand, one cable, one knob person, but I’ve kind of been able to lean on the 1073DMP for just about everything on the Las Cafeteras record.” That’s no small task, given that the band’s instrumentation includes instruments such as the zapateado, glockenspiel, quijada, requinto, and more. Pairing it with his favorite dynamic mic has become the de facto signal chain for any instrument. “Instruments like congas and guiro have incredible detail that I’m not sure many engineers are really capturing. The 1073DMP preserves all of that.” It also helps him control the harshness on metallic instruments. “The 1073DMP is not super dark like some vintage pres, but somehow manages to make the really high end frequencies sound very pleasant even when an instrument might sound harsh in the room,” Toale says. “It’s remarkable how it softened my cymbals and metal shakers without throwing away high end clarity.”

Coming Together in the Mix Room
Toale was able to fully appreciate the sound of the 1073DMP’s Carnhill/St. Ives transformers when he brought the sessions he had recorded into the mixing stage. “The weight of all those transformers really adds up and gives the mix some heft,” he explains. “A lot of recent Latin music has an overly slick, bright, overproduced sound that I don’t care for. With the transformers in the 1073DMP, I’m able to capture something that has the glued-together sound of old school Latin music but with modern clarity.” He also notes how pleased he has been with the construction and functionality of the stepped knobs on the 1073DMP, which he describes as “pro as hell.” Hand-wired and built at BAE Audio’s facility in California, the quality of the components and assembly pays dividends in the control room for Toale. “Sometimes I realize mid-take on a vocal that I’m on the wrong gain step and I’m able to make an adjustment without any kind of click or dead spot in the track,” he says. “That has saved me more than once!”

A Classic Sound for Today
Toale has found the 1073DMP to be a versatile preamplifier that simplifies his workflow in the studio and enables creativity. “You can add color and saturation with 1073DMP if you want, but if you’re a little responsible with your gain staging it also works great as a rich, open preamp that will never do you wrong,” Toale says. “It just adds happiness. It’s not a matter of recreating a vintage sound from my favorite record. It just sounds good, plain and simple.” For this reason Toale sees himself turning to 1073DMP for a long time to come. “You can’t go wrong with one of these things and a good mic. I’m thrilled to fall in love with it.”


BAE 1073 MP Preamp the Key to Capturing Great Guitar Sounds for Pete Thorn

North Hollywood, Calif. – Pete Thorn records his guitar in his home studio quite a lot. Part of that’s do to his new line of work. While he first developed a reputation as a crack session and touring guitarist working with artists like Courtney Love, Chris Cornell, and Melissa Ethridge, Thorn has found a niche for himself that calls on some other skills as well. “A big part of what I do these days is demos for gear companies,” he says. “There are an incredible number of manufacturers out there making all kinds of gear for musicians and engineers and people want to evaluate them and see what each one does.” Thorn’s skill on the guitar, combined with his experience as a music sales person and his many years teaching lessons gives him a unique ability to create concise, yet thorough videos demonstrating the new tech to a wide audience over the internet. To record these demos, Thorn has turned to BAE Audio’s powerful 1073MP preamplifier, giving him an edge on other pedal reviewers out there with a pristine analog signal path for his guitar mics.

BAE Audio VGDI Cleans Up at Direct Recording for Gear Talk’s Lance Seymour

North Hollywood, Calif. – When guitarist Lance Seymour started Gear Talk, he had no idea what it would grow to become. “My love of gear was the inspiration for starting it,” he says. “I was thinking of it as a side project, but the community really took off and now it has become a huge part of my life.” Lance shepherded Gear Talk through its explosive growth to include disparate groups keying in on specific instruments or disciplines, like recording. He also began producing video demos of the gear that he liked.

BAE Audio 1073MP with Steve Stevens Blend Mod is the Weapon of Choice for Crack Session Guitarist and YouTube Star Tim Pierce

Guitarist Tim Pierce has recorded and toured with some of the biggest names in the industry since first moving to LA at age 20 to pursue his dreams of becoming a session musician. His credits include Crowded House, Christina Aguilera, Seal, and many more. Having left his mark on countless recordings throughout the 80s, 90s, and 2000s, Pierce remains a busy session musician into this decade, but has diversified his output with his extensive Tim Pierce Guitar Masterclass subscription video series, featuring over 400 instructional guitar videos and counting. His YouTube channel, which recently surpassed 100,000 subscribers, further augments his growing online presence as an educator.

Shape the Future of Audio — Sennheiser Presents AMBEO 3D Audio Technology at CES

January 6, 2016 · Las Vegas – At CES 2016, audio specialist Sennheiser is unveiling a strategic focus on 3D immersive audio, a groundbreaking technology that promises the ultimate in audio capture and reproduction. “3D audio is the new frontier of excellence, set to transform the listening experience for users across a broad range of applications, from virtual reality gaming to audio recording and broadcasting,” announced co-CEOs Daniel Sennheiser and Dr. Andreas Sennheiser. “We have been active in this area for some time with 9.1 mixing and recording and the audio design for high-profile exhibitions. We are now increasing our efforts considerably to introduce this amazing sound quality into new products and applications, enabling users to experience and shape the future of audio.” Sennheiser’s 3D immersive audio products and activities will bear the new AMBEO trademark.