Artist: Rik Alexander, UK.
Ophidian Studio, Nottinghamshire, UK.
I am a vocalist, artist, songwriter and producer. My studio is primarily set up for recording and producing my own vocal work. I currently have 3 active electronic based music projects in which i write, record and produce all elements. I also collaborate and work as a session vocalist. When collaborating on projects i can work much more efficiently from my own studio. With producing my own vocals i can delivery a professional set of files ready for any producer to drop straight in to a mix.
In my studio i exclusively use the Peluso 22 47 LE for recording my own vocals either as an artist, a collaborator or session vocalist. The rest of the chain is an A-Designs Pacifica mic pre amp, MOTU conversion, Mac Pro running Logic 9.
Producing my own work satisfies my inner audio geek. After doing the rounds i ended up settling in with Logic 9, frequently referred to as 'the dark mistress' or 'temperamental wife'. I am a certified Apple Audio Pro using Logic 9 since March 2011.
I occasionally take the producer role for other artists but i have to be very selective in the choice of work as my primary focus is as an artist and songwriter, recording and producing my own vocals and songs.
The self-producer role allows for my moments of sonic self indulgence. It allows me to go deep in to the audio OCD zone and fine tweak any vocal production to the degree of perfection that i strive for. Be it bringing out the most minute breath, or layering 25 vocal parts.
I also have a blog site that is written from a real world, sometimes surreal world, perspective through the eyes of the audio geek. http://rikalexander.com
A promo video showcase is now available and you will see the Peluso in action.
My music projects are:
Neon Zoo: www.neonzoo.com A darker sounding electro project delivered as a live band. The first album Heaven Sin spread far and wide and this without a major label. The second album O is prepared for release. O has taken 2 years to make and has been the product that has taught me the dark ways of Logic. The Peluso was used in all vocal recording of this album. I have incorporated many vocal styles and and the Peluso handled them all perfectly.
Audio Immense: http://audioimmense.com A dance music collaboration with a DJ with the prime aim of delivering a live vocal house music set as part of a dance club night. First show was at Gatecrasher in Nottingham UK with the Japanese Popstars. Again the 22 47 LE is the vocal mic for all recordings.
Rik Alexander/RIKA: http://rikalexander.com This is currently where the tracks that don't fit in to the above go. From acoustic sparse detailed vocals, minimal electro with sparkling spacey vocal production through to dark, tribal vocal dance music. All self indulgent. Free downloads available.
Free downloads available at http://soundcloud.com/rikalexander including free downloads from the new Neon Zoo album O, along with Audio Immense and Rik Alexander tracks.... all recorded with the 22 47 LE as a vocal mic.
The Peluso 22 47 LE
Why the 22 47 LE as the weapon of choice?
My requirements for a vocal mic were purely based on my own voice and vocal styles. This meant that in some ways i could be very exact with my requirements. But although it didn't need to cater for an array of different voices such as in a commercial studio, i do attempt a wide range of vocal styles, dynamics and deliveries, and so the mic of choice needed to shine in every area.
I tried a few mics and nothing seemed to hit the spot. Again this is a personal subjective decision, but the other mics in the budget seemed to require a compromise. One that would sparkle with a powerful vocal delivery would lack something in the breathy detail. For the budget i felt that i should be able to find a mic that would cover all areas with the quality and clarity i sought.
The reason the 22 47 LE did it for me was that, not only it shine with everything i threw at it at full power, but for me the clarity and detail of a more breathy voice was unparalleled. Whether it be a menacing snarly delivery, a soft whispered intimate voice or a whinging, whining almost empty spacey vocal, the Peluso showed extraordinary clarity and precision. This quiet vocal capture is an important aspect to my work and verything else i tried seemed to be too breathy and hollow. The 22 47 LE just grabbed everything.
The moment of tweaking the compression on a whispered vocal, revealing warmth, clarity and every nuance in and around the voice, is pure gratification, and is where the Peluso stands far above any other microphone i tried in its price range and class.
Another interesting observation was made by a fellow vocalist/producer. I tracked some vocals for him and he compared his tried and trusted Rode against the Peluso. His initial reaction was that he was going to stick with the Rode because the Peluso was too 'revealing' of his voice compared to what he was used to. Also time was of the essence with that particular job so it was a case of 'better the devil you know'. But in the end he actually used the Peluso takes. He said 'after spending hours just trying to get the Rode vocals to sit in the mix i decided to just try the Peluso takes... although the quality was only slightly more noticeable the takes just dropped perfectly in to the mix...'