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Old 1st July 2009
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Jim James


Thanks for participating in these's great to hear these experiences. I'm curious what it was like recording with Jim James. I'm a huge MMJ fan, and "Z" was an incredible step in their career I feel. What vocal mics, pres, and compressors did you use on his haunting yet familiar and calming voice?

Old 6th July 2009
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Jim James

Z was recorded at Allaire Studios in NY state and its fantastic place, high in Catskill mountains and it was snowing the whole three weeks we were there so hardly left the buildings.
Jim's voice on most tracks was cut with the band playing live. Jim would be in another room on the porch and with a glass door could see through to everyone. Sometimes he'd play guitar and sing and his amp would be beside him behind screen. Mic would be either Neuman or Telefunken U47 or a simple SM58. Usually going through Urei 1176 also. All of Z is recorded on two inch 16 track tape and no computers til mastering.
Cheers JL
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