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Producer's Corner with Sean McDonald

Posted on July 25, 2012 by Nicholas There have been 0 comments


Sean McDonald has produced records for indie faves like The Clarks, Grapevine, Carroway, and Mercury, but is best known for his work on the American Soundtrack and My Music series. These record setting PBS shows have grossed more than 80 million dollars.

Some of the artists that McDonald has worked on through the show include Aretha Franklin, Little Richard, Eric Burden, Roger McGuinn, Dionne Warwick, The Four Tops, The Isley Brothers, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bo Diddley, Hank Ballard, Patty Page, Gary Wright, Roy Clark, Bill Medley, The Commodores, Pat Boone, Bill Anderson and Heatwave.

Branching out into surround mixing, Sean was picked to mix a new series of live concert broadcasts from Velocity Broadcasting. The In Higher Definition series is closed circuit programming shot in HD and 7.1 surround. Winton Marsalis is the first artist scheduled to appear.

Gear Favorites

1. Korby "Stubby" FET
Its not the most expensive mic I have, but never, ever disappoints.

2. Summit TPA Mic Pre
Great on electric guitars. Thick sounding, but great top end.

3. Millennia Media HV3C Mic Pre
Incredibly fast and true sounding. Great on hand percussion.

4. AKG BX20
Well, its really big which is cool. But more importantly it has such nice, subtle, spooky reverb tone that I haven't found anywhere else.

5. Yamaha Maple Custom 24" Bass Drum
I have many drum sets, but this kick drum is very special, just perfect. Resonate, but solid and defined.

6. Empirical Labs Fatso
Great compressor that can thicken sources, and can soften strident edges. Works well on over heads, and acoustic guitars.

7. Eclair Engineering Evil Twin D.I.
Wonderfully fast D.I. that seems to make the bass go deeper. Love it.

8. Chandler EMI TG Channel
Great sounding pre, plus a sweet EQ section.

9. Electrix Filter Factory
All sorts of great sounding filters, and distortion, no plug in can touch this thing.

10. Manley Variable-MU Compressor/Limiter
Makes everything better, just like a hug from mom.

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