Bass Ace Steve Bailey Stocks Up With A-Designs

With his initial purchase of a pair of A-Designs Pacifica P-1s and a couple of EM-Blue and EM-Silvers, Bailey, in turn, added the EM-PEQs and found they were a must-have addition to the newly-built studio – and his signature sound.
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“The P-1s are in my ‘go-to’ list,” he says. “They sound great on everything, particularly overheads, and vocals… at least for me. I just ordered another set of P-1s for a small mobile recording rig that I am putting together. The EM-Blue and EM-Silver are also great in many contexts, but I particularly like the Blue on snare and the Silver with my bass. They are all great ingredients in my sonic ‘recipe’. Recently, [A-Designs Audio’s] Peter Montessi sent the EM-PEQ for me to check out, and the end result was that I had to have another. I love the subtleties of that old Pultec sound!”

Bailey says he’s been digging “going out of the box to the EM-PEQs for some subtle coloring on bass, vocals, and even as a last stop in the mix-bus.” And he reports that the EM-PEQ has now found a permanent home on his console.

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