Royer Labs is pleased to announce a series of eight instructional videos to demonstrate Grammy Award winning producer / mixer / engineer Ross Hogarth’s electric guitar recording techniques using Royer ribbons.
Posted on YouTube, these videos are an excellent tool for aspiring recording engineers of all levels to learn from one of the most highly respected studio professionals of our time.
Ross Hogarth has an extensive discography. Recent album credits include Van Halen’s A Different Kind of Truth, Steve Lukather’s Transition, as well as albums for the Sick Puppies, John Mellencamp, Ziggy Marley, and numerous additional artists. His insight and experience make him an exceptional choice for this new video series.
All eight videos—to be released sequentially over a period of eight weeks—were shot at NRG Studios, North Hollywood, CA.
NRG Studios is a leading facility where records of well-known artists such as Alicia Keys, Avril Lavigne, Kanye West, and others have been recorded. Ross Hogarth engineered while renowned session guitarist Tim Pierce performed.
The video series includes a variety of guitar amplifiers—Marshall (JCM 800 and Plexi), Diezel, Divided by 13, Fender (Blackface Deluxe and Twin), Supro, and Magnatone—and shows Hogarth’s technique for capturing the sound of each amp.
An additional video takes a close-up look at Ross’s microphone positioning techniques. Hogarth is one of the first engineers to combine a Royer ribbon microphone with a dynamic microphone for the purpose of capturing the guitar. The camera clearly shows Hogarth’s fader moves as he blends the two types of microphones. All the while, the viewer can hear what the different degrees of blending sound like as one watches.
During the course of the instructional videos, Hogarth uses a Royer R-121 mono ribbon microphone stand-alone, an R-121 with a Shure SM57, a Royer R-101 mono ribbon mic with an SM57, a Royer SF-24 stereo active ribbon mic blended with an R-121 and SM57, and other combinations.
“I like to think of these videos as a ‘how to crack the code’ approach using the ribbon mic alongside the dynamic mic. The warmth in the midrange and low end of the Royer, blended with the bite of the SM57, gives the perfect tonal balance,” Hogarth explains. “There’s no better way to show this than by example. I’ve been working with Royer Labs in the testing of microphones since they first opened , and I was one of the first engineers to place their mics right up on the grille of a loudspeaker cabinet to capture loud sources—blending Royer microphones with dynamic mics to achieve the best overall sound”
John Jennings, Royer’s VP of Sales and Marketing has documented Hogarth’s approach for years on Royer’s website and in their demo CDs. It seemed logical to expand that into the production of videos to show the technique Hogarth uses to deliver a quality guitar sound.
“As well as being a great producer/engineer, Ross is an excellent teacher who doesn’t mind sharing what he knows,” adds Jennings. “We’ve done a number of projects with Ross over the past 15 years, many of which are on our website and YouTube page.
“This video series on blending mics is excellent for guitarists and engineers looking to get the best recorded guitar sounds. There’s a lot of versatility and tone in Ross’s method, and Tim Pierce killed it on the guitar, as always.”
The first two videos in the series have been released and are posted below.