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Pushing the Sonic Possibilities With Antelope's Edge Microphones

Grammy Winner Cameron Craig on using Edge modeling mics to record the band Little Thief


Two time Grammy award-winning Producer-Mixer-Engineer Cameron Craig is no stranger to microphones or finding the right mic for the right artist. Cameron's mic locker has been open to such great talents as Adele, Annie Lennox, Bjork, Grace Jones, Joe Strummer, Duffy, Paulo Nutini, Amy Winehouse, Asian Dub Foundation, and more. Recently, a last minute session with the band Little Thief left no time for the band to select mics. Cameron's team decided to set up Antelope Edge Modeling Mics and start with the mic emulations for mics they would normally use.

Cameron then did some experimenting, putting an Edge Duo with a [Coles] 4038 emulation on the kick drum, which sounded as real as a ribbon and could handle the blast of air. “You wouldn't dare put a ribbon mic that close to a kick-drum, but that proved interesting and possible with the Edge Duo," Cameron said.

You wouldn't dare put a ribbon mic that close to a kick-drum, but that proved interesting and possible with the Edge Duo"

- Cameron Craig

Edge Modeling mics gave Cameron the option to record using one mic emulation, and switch to another when mixing. So while recording a kick drum with a 4308 was interesting, it wasn't always the sound they were after.

"I've seen Little Thief live, and things like the cymbals were very trashy so I thought I'd try and calm that down. My natural choice was a 4038 and after the first playback they came in and said 'no it does need to be really trashy', so I was able to flip to an 87 and they just went 'Yep!, that's it, that's right'.” Cameron added, “Had I made that choice with the actual mics it would've been a matter of breaking that down and putting up other mics and starting again from that take onwards, but we were able to just flip the emulation and carry on."

For the Little Thief session, Cameron employed Verge and Edge modeling mics; the single diaphragm Edge Solo, the dual diaphragm Edge Duo, and the four diaphragm Edge Quadro, each used for different applications.

"The Verge Mics can handle higher SPL and so we picked those for any drum close-miking or for some of the guitar amps," said Cameron.

The ability to change mic and polar pattern after recording gave me a lot more sonic possibilities without an irreversible commitment.”

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When the Little Thief session entered the final part of the mix, Edge Duo gave Cameron the option to not only change the mic selections but also the polar patterns after the fact . "It was interesting to be able to move those polar patterns and hear the difference that they were making without having to commit to that as well, and without reaching for an EQ,” said Cameron. “The ability to change mic and polar pattern after recording gave me a lot more sonic possibilities without an irreversible commitment.”

Finally for Edge Quadro, Cameron said, "The quad mic that you see used as an overhead mic is something very similar to the Duo but it also allowed for stereo recording."

The versatility and ease of the Edge Modeling Microphones turned, what could have been a stressful last minute session, into one that was both creative and an exciting collaboration for both Cameron and Little Thief.

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