NILES, IL- Montreal-based production company, FogoLabs, was recruited to re-create the Cowboy Junkies‘ recording of Trinity Session for an upcoming HD DVD almost exclusively using Shure microphones. The original album was recorded back in 1987 – for the most part in a single day – using one microphone at the Church of the Holy Trinity in Toronto. The wonderful acoustics of the church drew inspired performances from the artists involved and the recording became legendary in Canada and the rest of the world.
To celebrate the project‘s 20th anniversary, the band decided to re-create the event at the same church with somewhat of a contemporary twist. They called upon François Lamoureux and his talented team at FogoLabs to design the best way to record the new performance while keeping with the spirit of the original album. As with the original recording, there was no audience or P.A. system in the church, but this time, the band was also joined by special guests: Natalie Merchant, Ryan Adams and Vic Chestnut.
Although the Cowboy Junkies‘ new recording was centered on Holophone‘s H2-PRO microphone mainly for its 7.1 surround head, almost 50 Shure mics were added for more depth and definition. These included KSM9, KSM44, KSM137, KSM141, Beta 57A, Beta 58, Beta 91, Beta 98D, SM57, SM58, SM7B, SM86, SM87A, SM89 and PG56 – enough to cover the nine performers on stage.
“The band has always been sold on Shure equipment and has been using Shure mics to great effect for years,” said Lamoureux. “I believe it‘s important to respect those choices although I‘ve been a regular Shure user myself. And, I like to use these mics where some people don‘t expect to see them. On this project for example, omni KSM141s set for quad ambiance sounded beautiful and real smooth, KSM9s did great on Fender Princeton guitar amps, SM89s captured stage dialogue perfectly, and the PG56 added a real nice color to Vic Chestnut‘s acoustic guitar.”
And how does the band feel about all of this as the new Trinity Session is gearing up for post-production in a few weeks?
“Well, I‘ll tell you,” said Lamoureux, “I‘ve just received an e-mail from the band‘s rep and it reads: ‘I can tell from this rough board mix that the sound is going to be just great.”
FogoLabs was founded in 2000 by François Lamoureux when he was hired to mix a 5.1 surround DVD for Willie Nelson. After noticing that the visuals weren‘t up to par, he inherited the video portion of the project. From there, François and FogoLabs went from one DVD project to another earning a fair share of awards along the way. These include: 2006 Juno Award for Best Music Video of the Year for “That Night in Toronto” by the Tragically Hip, DVDA 2005 Music Video Excellence Award for “A Love Supreme” by Branford Marsalis, and 2001 Yahoo Best Online Music Event Award for “Music From Lifehouse” by Pete Townshend, to name a few.
The new Trinity Session HD DVD is scheduled for release later this summer.
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