Rob Friedrich 5/4 Productions Employs Sanken 100kHz Mics at Skywalker Ranch

Gen Coye Drums with Sanken CUX-100k overhead mics

Gene Coye during his drum recording with Sanken CUX-100k overhead mics at Skywalker Ranch for Hiromi, a Japanese jazz pianist and composer

Gene Coye Drum setup with a pair of Sanken Chromatic CUX-100k overhead mics

Engineer/producer Robert Friedrich recently helmed drum sessions at Skywalker Ranch, recording Gene Coye for the new album by celebrated Japanese pianist/composer Hiromi. Friedrich used a matched pair of Sanken’s revolutionary CUX-100K high-resolution microphones. Friedrich is president and co-founder of Five/Four Productions and part of the team of Grammy-winning producers and engineers that have made the company one of the most respected in the recording industry.

Friedrich commented, “This new album was recorded to DSD (Direct Stream Digital) and will be mixed all analog. The Sanken mics sounded unbelievable as drum overheads.”

Japanese jazz composer and pianist Hiromi Uehara, known professionally as Hiromi, is known for her virtuosic technique, energetic live performances and blending of musical genres such as stride, post-bop, progressive rock, classical and fusion in her compositions. Hiromi performed at the opening ceremony of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Hiromi’s group Sonicwonder includes Hiromi on piano and keyboard, Hadrien Feraud on bass, Gene Coye on drums, and Adam O’Farrill on trumpet. Her new album “SonicWonderland” is set for release October 6, 2023.

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