Scott Weiland and producer Rick Parker made extensive use of BAE Audio preamps on the singer’s latest album, Blaster.
“We've used BAE Audio all over the album," says Weiland, who recorded the project at his Burbank-based Lavish Studios with The Wildabouts. "We used the 312A preamplifier on the drums, guitars and bass. It's just a great overall mic pre."
Since Stone Temple Pilots achieved international success in 1993, Weiland's voice has been a distinguishing element in all his music—which has always been rooted primarily in rock, but has also touched on a diverse range of influences, including psychedelia, blues, even Bossa nova. Over the years, including on Blaster, one of the common technical threads in helping him achieve his vocal sound has been BAE Audio.
“Throughout my career, from the beginning of Core [STP's first album] all the way through this new album Blaster, I have always used vintage Neve or BAE Audio. I like the way the DMP Desktop Mic Pre sounds on my voice, whether I am singing in a gruff voice, a high head voice, or in a falsetto, it just seems to capture the tonality of my voice in a perfect way," Weiland explains.
Weiland, who uses the BAE Audio DMP with a vintage Neumann U47, says the combination "sounds flawless on my voice." The sound of the DMP preamplifier, which is hand-wired and includes a built-in power supply for portability, is derived from the same components that are found in the original 1073 and 1084 console modules. Each DMP unit is sold with the Bootsy Collins mod, which consists of a Jensen DI transformer to create the first 1073 direct box.
Weiland anticipates putting the DMP preamplifier to work on the road to capture his vocal delivery on stage. "I am looking forward to trying this live, and I'm sure it will sound great," he says.
BAE Gear: Scott Weiland uses the BAE 312A and DMP.