|HARMAN’s AKG Microphones And JBL Studio Monitors Drive The
Lonely Island’s Star-Studded Album
“Turtleneck & Chain”
With hundreds of millions of combined YouTube views of their signature celebrity-cameo,
satire-laced singles, The Lonely Island’s latest album, Turtleneck & Chain comes to life with
the help of HARMAN’s AKG mics and JBL studio monitors. Whether recording demo tracks in
the Saturday Night Live studio offices or performing overdubs and mixing at New York City’s
Downtown Music Studios, AKG C 414’s and JBL LSR6300 series studio monitors were on hand
throughout the entire process. Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone and Andy Samberg, “The
Dudes” of The Lonely Island, offer 19 new tracks and skits featuring Michael Bolton, Akon,
Snoop Dogg, Niki Minaj, Rhianna, Beck, Santigold and Justin Timberlake on their latest album,
Engaged to mix “Turtleneck & Chain”, GRAMMY® Award-winning engineer Jason Goldstein
enhanced the Lonely Island’s original demos with vocal overdubs using an AKG C 414 XLS. The
original vocals were recorded with Samberg’s personal C 414. Although the tracks are
humorous in nature, The Lonely Island team is meticulous in ensuring their songs are
assembled to deliver punch lines perfectly. Goldstein credits the AKG C414 for its clarity and
contribution to a great sound recording.
“We mixed the songs as if they were truly jokes - meant
to be understood the first time they were heard - so it
was important each one-liner, each syllable, however
quick or random, was perfectly delivered and audible the
first time you listen,” said Goldstein. “You don’t want to
be listening to the song while asking yourself ‘what was
that joke again?’ The quality demo tracks the group
recorded using their C 414, along with our recordings on
the C 414 and mixing on the JBL LSR studio monitors,
help us put together a great-sounding record, where the
jokes are clearly and easily understood. The final mix
emphasizes the superior quality of the C 414. The AKG mics provided consistency and quality
needed for a high-energy record such as this.” AKG C 414’s can be seen in The Lonely Island’s
latest SNL Digital Short, Jack Sparrow, featuring Michael Bolton.
Goldstein continues to rely on the JBL LSR6300 series studio monitors for his recording and
mixing projects. Schaffer, Taccone and Samberg knew what Goldstein could bring to a track
after listening to his previous work, so The Lonely Island, who are very emotionally attached
and involved in their music, trusted the outcome of this project to be of the same quality.
Accustomed to using their own headphones and a monitoring system that is short of
professional, the group was pleased to hear their final work played back on the JBL’s.
Goldstein’s cites the JBL monitors’ ability to serve as an accurate reference of quality, but
ensure the album would also sound great when played laptops, YouTube, MP3 players, mobile
phones and digital shorts on Saturday Night Live.
“The LSR’s are my go-to reference as they provide the high-quality playback we need to
ensure the best quality for our clients,” continued Goldstein. “If it sounds great out of the
LSR’s, it will sound great anywhere.”
For more information on The Lonely Island, visit http://www.thelonelyisland.com
and for Jason Goldstein, http://www.jasongoldsteinmixer.com
AKG 414 XLS Microphone
JBL LSR6300 Series Studio Monitors
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