â€” Butch Walker adds CLASPÂ® to his Santa Monica studio, allowing him to record using analog tape while enjoying the convenience and efficiency of digital workflow â€”
As a songwriter, musician/artist, producer and engineer, the Georgia-born Butch Walker has carved out a unique niche and has firmly established himself as a tour-de-force in the music industry. Walker has penned numerous hits for artists like Avril Lavigne, Sevendust and Fall Out Boy. As a producer/engineer, he is credited with works by Katy Perry, Pink and Weezer, as well as being Rolling Stoneâ€™s 2005 producer of the year. And as a musician/artist, he has received critical acclaim for his work with Marvelous 3, his DVD Live at Budokan, his studio records The Rise and Fall of Butch Walker and The Lets-Go-Out Tonights and Sycamore Meadows. His latest release, I Liked It Better When You Had No Heart, features Walker and a new backup band, The Black Widows.
Recently, as part of his new Santa Monica recording studio, Walker purchased Endless Analogâ€™s CLASPÂ® (Closed Loop Analog Signal Processor) system, which uniquely integrates analog tape machines into the digital audio production workflow. â€œI grew up cutting tape and I missed the sound and art form of it,â€? stated Walker. â€œBeing the proud owner of Studer A800 MK III, I sadly had it in storage for ten years because it just slowed down my workflow, so I gave it up to just go digital. But still to this day nothingâ€™s ever emulated tape the right way, so I was extremely happy when I finally heard CLASP.â€? Walkerâ€™s first demo of CLASP was at the studio of his friend and noted producer John Fields. â€œI went over to Johnâ€™s studio and he demoâ€™d it for me,â€? Walker commented. â€œI really like being able to have everything hit tape first, not only because of the audio quality, but itâ€™s no fun having to record everything onto tape and then dump it at a different time, it takes up the whole day. And so with CLASP, I liked the idea of it constantly dumping on to Pro Tools without having sync issues. I was also able to hear the actual audio again for the first time in years coming off of tape, and thatâ€™s enough to sell you!â€?
Walker will be using CLASP with his new 24-channel custom-made Tonelux Designs, Ltd., recording console and his selection of vintage analog tape recorders. â€œIâ€™m going to be using CLASP with three tape machines. Iâ€™ve got an Otari MTR-90III, a Studer A800 MK III, and then Iâ€™ve got an ATR-102, which is an Ampex Â½â€? machine. CLASP is going to allow me to get all the benefits of analog tape with the convenience of digital.â€?
CLASP is the worldâ€™s first and only pro audio hardware that lets you record on real analog tape with digital speed. CLASP provides sample accurate tape synchronization with zero latency analog monitoring while delivering a true Analog front end recording solution for Pro Tools and other DAWâ€™s. Already being used by top artists, producers and engineers worldwide, CLASP is re-inventing analog for the digital age. CLASP is employed by a diverse range of artists, engineers, producers and facilities, including Lenny Kravitz (at his new Bahamas-based Gregory Town Sound recording facility); Michael W. Smith; Denis Savage, engineer for Celine Dion; Butch Walker (Panic at the Disco, Pink, Avril Lavigne); producers Nathan Chapman, Dave Cobb, Chuck Ainlay, John Fields and Tom â€œT-Boneâ€? Edmunds; and studio facilities such as Clearwater, Floridaâ€™s Cleartrack Productions, Los Angeles, Californiaâ€™s Hemispheres Recording and Austriaâ€™s Prime Studios. Analog tape manufacturers recommended by Endless Analog for use with CLASP include ATR Magnetics and RMG International.
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