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We had some fun with Fabiano do Nascimento a little while back comparing the new Townsend Labs Sphere L22 in its U87 emulation to a real vintage Neumann U87. Fabiano played his variations on Baden Powell’s pieces Condonblé and Consolação on a beautiful 2018 Stephen Hill guitar in cedar and ziricote and we recorded him with both microphones simultaneously, so you can check out both videos to get a sense of how closely the Sphere L22 matches the U87. The first video features audio from the U87 and the second from the Sphere L22. The Sphere mic comes with a plugin that has some really powerful controls in terms of polar patterns and ambience, but I kept it at a plain cardioid pattern to see how the ‘neutral’ U87 sound compared.
Here’s Fabiano do Nascimento playing a brand new 7-String guitar from German Vazquez Rubio, (a lot of Brazilian guitar music is typically played on 7-String guitars). Fabiano plays his arrangements of Antonio Carlos Jobim’s Luiza and Hamilton de Holanda’s Flor da Vida.
It’s been another amazing year for guitar music over here at GSI and as the year wraps up we’d like to take a moment to thank all of the amazing musicians who have lent us their time and talent to create the great videos we publish every week. We obviously couldn’t do any of it without them and we are extremely grateful for the music and for the friends we’ve made over the years in our quest to record every guitar we can get our hands on! So here, in more or less reverse order of appearance, are the artists who have shared their talent with us this year: