POSTED ON – 17.06.13
Marcel Van Limbeek Guest Lecture
Last week our students were treated to a special Masterclass from Marcel Van Limbeek at SSR London.
Marcel Limbeek is a professional studio recording and live sound professional with over 25 years’ experience in the music industry. The majority of Marcel’s work has seen him recording and producing for Tori Amos, having worked on around 15 album and DVD releases, 4 of which were Grammy nominated. In between projects for Tori Amos Marcel has worked on various recordings and live shows for other artists, and also provides an online mixing and mastering service.
Marcel took to our Neve studio for a special drum recording Masterclass, where he talked to our students about tips and techniques to get the best sound when recording drums, covering factors such as microphone selection, positioning, phase issues and routing systems.
The Masterclass was very informative and we had some great feedback from those in attendance:
“For me, being an electronic Music Producer, I gained a surprising amount of knowledge about how drums work and how EQ causes phase distortion, principles which can be applied to electronic music as well as acoustic. I was amazed at how he was able to use microphone placement to get the perfect tonal balance in the drums without using any EQ at all! I feel like I will be a better recording & mixing engineer due to what Marcel has taught me, and I hope I see him again in the near future!”
"I think the nature of the lecture was one that appealed a lot to me, Marcel's philosophy is to capture the true sound of an instrument the way the musician hears it, preserving the soul and integrity of that instrument and therefor lets the performance shine through.
By taking the time to know and understand a room and knowing the principles of sound, he made it very easy to comprehend his method and used useful analogies to put us into his mind set which enabled him to get a simple yet ingenious process across.”
"Marcel's lecture had the perfect mix of theory, practice and passion. It completely changed and simplified my way of approaching a drum recording session. Years of knowledge delivered perfectly!"
We would like to thank Marcel for visiting us and sharing his time and experience with our students, and we hope to welcome him back at SSR very soon!