Recording and Studio
Sting's musical collaborator, keyboard player and co-producer - known to all as Kipper - has recently invested in a TL Audio VTC console to help with the writing and
recording of Sting's next studio album.
Kipper, whose working relationship with Sting began in 1998 while recording music for the Sharon Stone film The Mighty, went on to play on and co-produce the best selling Brand New Day album, and then spent two years touring as part of Sting's live band. Since then Kipper has been involved in the recording of the All This Time concert album (which was performed live in the grounds of Sting's Tuscan home), has co-written and produced trumpeter Chris Botti's Night Sessions solo album, and has also been busy writing and recording with Richard Marx and Wynonna Judd.
The 16 channel VTC has been incorporated into Kipper's writing set up at Sting's Wiltshire home, and acts as a central mix point for Kipper's numerous hardware and software synths prior to recording them onto hard disc. The initial writing sessions were finish in June 2002, at which point the whole set-up was transferred to Tuscany and recording began in earnest.
As for the console, Kipper commented: "I'd read a lot about the VTC and when the time came to choose an analogue console for the album I really wanted something different from the run-of-the-mill. Having tested the VTC down here I just fell in love with it - I've never achieved a sound as warm and luscious as I'm currently getting, and having this vibe at the early stages of writing and recording is really spurring me on."