Live from the wasa-corner
with patrick phillips
When we shipped a MKII off to Peter Gabriel's noise house, Real World Studios a couple of months ago, we knew that one of our mics was off to occupy a space on the mic shelf at one of the finest studios in the country.
That made us happy.
Since then, resident Real World engineer Patrick Phillips has put the mic through its paces and was kind enough to fill us in on his experiences.
"...[the mkii] tends to be an item that can inspire creativity in the way an effect like using a Roland Space Echo can. "
Wasaphone collection: Wasaphone MKII
Q.1: What song have you got going around your head today?
It’s usually the current clients work that goes around and around for 24 hours a day! Also I’ve recently recorded and co-mixed a record by an artist on our label called The Breath – Carry Your Kin that’s still on my turntable. Outside of that I’m currently playing Woodkid – The Golden Age to death! The videos are well worth checking out as well.
Q.2: How did you first stumble across Wasaphone?
There’s a fantastic record producer based in Bristol called Ali Chant who runs ToyBox Studios. He booked into Real World Studios on a recent project and brought a Wasaphone MKII. I saw it first on this session whilst tracking vocals. It brought an extra dimension to the performance that you don’t usually get from the microphone itself……so I bought one!
Q.3: What have you been up to with your MKII?
I’ve seen how this can affect a vocal performance so that’s certainly a go-to use for the microphone. I’m also keen to try this in as many different situations as I can and have used it on piano / electric and acoustic guitar / drums / as a source for re-amping so far.
Q.4: How does your MKII compare to other mics in your arsenal?
It’s a completely different tool. We have a fine collection of microphones at Real World Studios and these would be used to capture sound in a very accurate way. The Wasaphone isn’t used in this way. It can bring a fantastic vibe to a vocal performance if the singer is captured on this microphone with this source fed back into the headphones. Or it can be used to capture an alternative tone on an instrument that you might spend a while trying to modify later with various processing chains.
Q.5: What do you think your Wasaphone mic will bring to your future recording/live sessions, and do you have any specific projects in mind for it?
It tends to be an item that can inspire creativity in the way an effect like using a Roland Space Echo can. I tend to use it in this way currently. I’m also planning on using it as a mix tool in a re-amping situation. When creating an effect to add to a current sound in some situations you can find frequencies bunching up in the lower mids and creating a result that’s a little too thick and heavy. This would often be correcting using an EQ however I’m intrigued to try re-amping these auxiliary channels through the Wasaphone to give it a tone that’s removed from the original and hopefully will help it to sit in the mix.
Q.6: If you were giving a Wasaphone microphone as a gift, to whom would you give it and why?
It would have to be The Queen. I’d like to hear The Queen’s speech through a Wasaphone.
Stay tuned with Patrick: