Peluso Microphone Lab Presents: Yellow Couch Sessions
The Handsome Family: Gold
After recently recording segments for both Fresh Air with Terry Gross and the Marc Maron podcast, I felt a little guilty asking The Handsome Family to make their way through our very typical Pittsburgh basement and then cramming them into our tiny studio, which happened to be pretty muggy during their visit. Fortunately for us, they were willing to give it a shot and I'm glad that they did, because these songs were a treat to record and mix. This is a band with an obvious and deep connection - fantastic writing and musicianship, all of which is clearly on display on their new album, "Unseen." Really glad they overlooked our warts and made this happen and special thanks goes to Missing Piece Group for setting it up.
We used Peluso Microphone Lab's 2247se to capture Brett's rich baritone and their P-12 for Rennie's sweet and complementary vocals. We used the excellent P-87 on our Vox AC-15 (from our sponsor Empire Music!) to capture lead guitar and the tube-ribbon TR-14 on Brett's Fender amp. Finally, we used Peluso's incredible P-49 as a single drum overhead. That mic is magical on drums and shines in plenty of other applications. Empire Music's Ampeg BA-12 also makes an appearance here, as Rennie's Ukulele bass is played through it.
All audio for Yellow Couch Sessions is recorded and mixed by Steven Foxbury of Yellow Couch Studio. Video for this session was shot and edited by my main man, Matt Dayak.
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Yellow Couch Studio: http://www.yellowcouchstudio.com/
Peluso Microphone Lab: http://www.pelusomicrophonelab.com/
Empire Music: http://www.empiremusiconline.com/
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust: http://www.trustarts.org
Matt Dayak Photography: http://mattdayak.com/
Commonwealth Press: http://www.cwpress.com/
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