THE SEARCH FOR A BETTER VOICE SOUND.
‘TED’S VOICE CHANNEL’
Back in the 1950s/60s an independent record producer called Joe Meek made a startling name for himself by producing memorable records with superb voice sounds. These were hit records and a major contribution to their success was the clarity and solid sound of the voice.
How did he do it? Well, he had learned a whole raft of techniques in his experimental days as a location recording engineer with Radio Luxembourg….. there is no simple way; it’s a combination starting with good microphone technique, great microphones, superior microphone amplifiers and a masterly use of compression and EQ.
I worked with Joe Meek in the mid-1960s and went on to run my own studio in Denmark Street (KPM, 21 Denmark Street, London) and then, along with some now distinguished development engineers, designed and built high quality sound gear for touring bands, radio and TV stations.
One of the main ‘secrets’ of Joe’s voice sound was the use of compression and I managed to introduce a great deal of that expertise into the early ‘Joemeek’ products in the 1990s.
Now, after years of huge changes in music production hardware, there is a dreadful loss of that ‘quality’ sound…. It has been replaced with a mish-mash of complex digital processing that makes everything sound as though it is made of polythene.
Quality does not have to be expensive! There are many very fine microphones available at amazing prices…. But when used with modern equipment it’s often like looking at a reflection in a dirty mirror.
I am introducing a new product….. it is a ‘VOICE CHANNEL’ that incorporates the key elements of those great sounds from the past; a fine mic amp, a superb optical compressor and a harmonic enhancer/de-esser. It’s called ‘TED’S VOICE CHANNEL’ and will put those fine sounds of the past within reach of the engineers of today.
More details very soon! (now is MAY/JUNE 2015)
But after all that..... there are still compressors!!
P38v8 'Legacy' Stereo Compressor The LEGACY is a stereo 'opto' compressor solidly made in the UK. It is affordable by the smaller studio, but with full LEGACY performance instantly recognisable as superior to any regular compressors. The 'LEGACY' is presently out of production. Click here to read more.... and hear a demo!
The forums are full of comments and questions from engineers asking why their recordings don’t sound ‘right’ when they are following the directions and using the right gear. Why does an apple pie from a supermarket not taste anything like as good as one that grandmother made? The answers are remarkably similar! The supermarket pie has ‘uniformity’ processed into it; the ingredients may be pure and wholesome, but they are bland and ‘safe’. There are additives to preserve and packaging to enhance, the final result is pale and uninteresting. Digital equipment is designed by engineers who firmly believe that the ‘quality’ of a sound can be defined and measured, but great engineers know that there is much more to sound than that!
The TFPRO P38 range…., definitive optical compressors; compressors that brings out mood and feeling. The TFPRO P9….. Ted’s definitive equaliser; it brings warmth and life. The TFPRO M16….. Fine mic amps and mixing, a formidable combination; redesigned version 2 now available.NOTE, this website is now much more a 'resource' than a sales window. Ted still manufactures the odd compressor for those who insist! The range of TFPRO equipment was the result of a new look at the performance and design requirements of the 21st century record producer; a way of using the great tools and techniques of the past, and maintain the standards that are essential today. Ted originated the Joemeek® brand in 1993 and sold the trademark to PMI Audio Group in 2001.
There are references to Joemeek® in the website.....Joemeek® is a registered trademark of PMI Audio Group.
Ted is President of Orbitsound Ltd and the inventor of the Orbitsound spatial sound technology.