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OTO BY TJ TESH

By Beto Hale

During the week of the NAMM show in January of 2012, the Clare Fischer Big Band gave a rousing performance at Vitello’s in Studio City, CA, under the baton of Clare’s son Brent Fischer. This magazine’s editor, a long-time fan of Fischer’s music, was in the audience and heard Brent Fischer tell the enthusiastic crowd that his Dad sent greetings from his hospital bed, and that his Dad admonished the players to only play good notes. Those who knew Clare Fischer’s temper and exacting standards of perfection knowingly and lovingly broke into applause. He had that sort of loyal following. A few days later, Clare Fisher passed away, leaving behind a treasure trove of music. Brent Fischer had for some time been his father’s amanuensis and much more, writing fabulous music of his own, and acting as curator of the massive Fischer library of written and recorded music. The legacy is in good hands. The recently released (and Grammy®-nominated) CD, ¡Ritmo!, is proof of that; it covers material spanning almost four decades. In recent months, Brent Fischer has set out to record definitive versions of his father’s extensive catalog. Some of the pieces on ¡Ritmo!, and on other upcoming releases, were left “in the can” for decades, and have been recently finished, by using older recordings on tape and by overdubbing missing parts, mixing, and mastering in the digital realm. We asked our man in Los Angeles, Beto Hale, to track down Brent Fischer and two of his engineers, the up-andcoming Matt Brownlie and the Grammy®-winning Rafa Sardina, to talk about how they achieved the great sound of this disc.—LzR

Brent Fischer on the process
The sound of the Big Band is so much about blending different sounds. How do you select engineers that will help you capture such a challenging array of timbres and dynamics? Brent Fischer: My first priority is to work with an engineer who’s also a trained musician and can read a score and understand it. Speaking the same language makes everything go so much more quickly since you have a common terminology. I have quite a different approach from an engineer who can, for example, hear what actual board was used in a recording. When I listen to music I listen for pitch, blend, rhythm, harmony, and intonation. Of course it has to sound good and clear, and I like that working with different engineers allows me to hear their different approaches. They are interpreting the music just like a horn player would.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Recording - February 2013

Recording - February 2013
Fade In.
Contents
Talkback.
Fast Forward.
The Production Of Clare Fischer’s CD ¡Ritmo!
Big Money Drums.
Recording Fundamentals. Chapter 14: Sweet Spot Conundrums—Part 1.
Sonodyne SM200Ak Studio Monitors.
AKG D12 VR Reference Kick Drum Microphone.
Shure KSM9HS.
Radial Engineering Firefly Tube DI.
Audio-Technica AT4047MP.
Zoom Q2HD Handy Video Recorder.
iOS Music Tools: Take Control!
Emotiva Pro airmotiv 4 and airmotiv 6 Powered Studio Monitors.
DPA Microphones Reference Standard Mics.
Sony Creative Software Sound Forge Pro Mac.
Lewitt DTP 640 REX Dual-Element Kick Drum Mic.
Readers’ Tapes.
Miking An Orchestra—Rock Band And Symphony.
Stereo From A Mono Mic.
Advertiser Index.
Fade Out.
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Recording - February 2013 - Fade In.
Recording - February 2013 - 5
Recording - February 2013 - Contents
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Recording - February 2013 - Talkback.
Recording - February 2013 - 9
Recording - February 2013 - Fast Forward.
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Recording - February 2013 - The Production Of Clare Fischer’s CD ¡Ritmo!
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Recording - February 2013 - Big Money Drums.
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Recording - February 2013 - Recording Fundamentals. Chapter 14: Sweet Spot Conundrums—Part 1.
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Recording - February 2013 - Sonodyne SM200Ak Studio Monitors.
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Recording - February 2013 - AKG D12 VR Reference Kick Drum Microphone.
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Recording - February 2013 - Shure KSM9HS.
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Recording - February 2013 - Radial Engineering Firefly Tube DI.
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Recording - February 2013 - Audio-Technica AT4047MP.
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Recording - February 2013 - Zoom Q2HD Handy Video Recorder.
Recording - February 2013 - 43
Recording - February 2013 - iOS Music Tools: Take Control!
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Recording - February 2013 - Emotiva Pro airmotiv 4 and airmotiv 6 Powered Studio Monitors.
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Recording - February 2013 - DPA Microphones Reference Standard Mics.
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Recording - February 2013 - Sony Creative Software Sound Forge Pro Mac.
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Recording - February 2013 - Lewitt DTP 640 REX Dual-Element Kick Drum Mic.
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Recording - February 2013 - Readers’ Tapes.
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Recording - February 2013 - Miking An Orchestra—Rock Band And Symphony.
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Recording - February 2013 - Stereo From A Mono Mic.
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Recording - February 2013 - Advertiser Index.
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Recording - February 2013 - Fade Out.
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