Over the last 18 years it’s been an honor to record Dave Alvin each and every time. When I started working with him in 2003 I didn't truly understand that he is not only a great artist but also a guitar hero with a definitive voice & style.
In the studio, Dave brings the Dave sound and it doesn’t matter what he plays through. He is the real deal. His sound is his live sound. He uses his pedal board & it is the exact same thing he does live & the amp is right behind him but behind a gobo. He lights it up and can feel it right through the gobo on his back. I tried many mics & many placements but it most always comes down to just 1 mic at a 70 degree angle off the center of the cone with either a SM57 or more recently the Sennheiser 421. I ( we ) prefer the 421 because Dave's got a bright brilliant sound & uses echo in a way that makes the sound even brighter. Plus he doesn’t use flat picks he uses finger picks and a thumb pick which can add even more bite due to his intensity so I try to make a balance of not too aggressive or hard but aim for the smooth spot in between & the 421 naaaaaails it!
Produced by Greg Leisz
"Have you ever heard of a guy named Dave Alvin?" a simple question by Greg Leisz that would end up having a profound impact on my career as a recording engineer and on my heart and soul as a Being. MORE