For the past three decades, Larry Carlton has been known to musicians around the world as a guitarist’s guitarist. As a frequently sought session player, solo artist, and member of the chart-topping group Fourplay, Carlton’s signature guitar sound can be heard on literally hundreds of recordings including film soundtracks, television themes, and over 100 Gold® records.
Photo Caption: Larry Carlton is pictured with the Audio-Technica AT4060 vacuum tube condenser microphone. Photo by Robert Clyne. (This photo is property of Robert Clyne and may be used by the press only for purpose of one-time reproduction. Unauthorized use or alteration of this image is strictly prohibited.)
His latest blues-oriented CD, Sapphire Blue (JVC Japan), which was recorded at Nashville’s famed Sound Kitchen Recording Studios, features many well-known players including Matt Rollings (keyboards), Michael Rhodes (bass), Billy Kilson (drums), and Mark Douthit (saxophone), plus a seven-piece horn section arranged by Jim Horn. Producer Carlton and engineer Csaba Petocz used a selection of Audio-Technica microphones to capture Carlton’s legendary sound.
Commenting on the recording process, engineer Csaba Petocz, who has engineered and/or produced numerous recordings for artists such as Elton John, Stanley Clarke, and John Michael Montgomery, discussed why he chose Audio-Technica for the recording of Sapphire Blue. “I’ve been a big fan of Audio-Technica over the years and have used a wide selection of their mics during recording sessions that range from Dana Glover to Metallica,” stated Petocz. “I chose the AT4060 tube microphone to capture Larry’s acoustic guitar as well as for drum overheads and room ambience.
Photo Caption: Engineer Csaba Petocz (left) and Larry Carlton are pictured with the Audio-Technica AT4060 vacuum tube condenser microphone. Photo by Robert Clyne. (This photo is property of Robert Clyne and may be used by the press only for purpose of one-time reproduction. Unauthorized use or alteration of this image is strictly prohibited.)
I used the AT4060 for its clarity and air. On his acoustic guitar, I placed the AT4060 about six inches from the guitar, midway between the sound hole and where the body of the guitar meets the neck. This gave me a very warm, clear, yet airy quality to the instrument. On electric guitar, a lot of the sound came from using an AT4050 on Larry’s Dumble amplifier. This gave me punch, depth, and clarity as well as the ability to handle high SPLs. The AT4050 is just one of those mics you can always count on. Just put it up, get level, and hit record. It’s that simple.”
Carlton, too, has praise for Audio-Technica. Says the groundbreaking, GRAMMY® Award-winning guitarist, “I’ve used Audio-Technica on my last few records with excellent results. Tone, tone, and more tone — that’s what Audio-Technica microphones help me achieve.”
Carlton’s reputation as one of the most skilled and versatile guitarists in contemporary music is well deserved. His body of work includes film soundtracks (Against All Odds), television themes (Who’s The Boss?), and work on over 100 Gold albums by legendary artists in every musical genre, such as The Crusaders (13 albums), Joni Mitchell’s classic Court and Spark, Herb Alpert, Quincy Jones, Michael Jackson, John Lennon, Jerry Garcia, Steely Dan, Linda Ronstadt, and Dolly Parton. He has also arranged and produced projects for Barbra Streisand, Joan Baez, and Larry Gatlin.