â€” Keyboard great George Duke and long-time engineer Erik Zobler choose the Korg MR-2000S Studio Recorder for printing high-resolution digital masters â€”
MELVILLE, NY, August 18, 2009 â€” GrammyÂ® winning engineer Erik Zobler first teamed up with musician George Duke thirty years ago for the latterâ€™s Brazilian Love Affair album. Both men are known for their critical, demanding ears, so Korg was honored when Zobler recently added the MR-2000S DSD 1-bit Studio Recorder to the gear setup at Duke’s Studio. As Zobler notes, â€œI have always liked the DSD format. Even the early versions of DSD sounded more â€˜analog-y,â€™ if you will. Since I normally work â€˜outside the box,â€™ summing in the analog world, I am always on the lookout for the best device to capture the sound coming off the mixer. I must say that the Korg MR-2000S is the closest sound to the console that I have come across to date.â€?
To reach this conclusion, Zobler set up a â€œblindfold testâ€? for Duke: five different audio paths of all the available tools in their studio were created, so that George could switch from one to another with the touch of a button as the song played. Erikâ€™s instructions to George were simple: â€œPick the one you like.â€?
Zobler explains the process, â€œI listened to them all and then I brought George in. I put them all on buttons and I didnâ€™t tell him what was what. He knew which one was the console â€” that one he knew. Everything else was blind for him.â€?
Duke chose the Korg MR-2000S, as had Zobler. â€œYou want to get your recording medium as close to the console as possible. George and I both picked the Korg MR-2000S and we have incorporated it into our workflow.â€?