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Andrew McPhillips and Liz Craig stopped by not too long ago to track our beautiful 9′ C. Bechstein concert grand. It was used to wonderful effect in the trailer for Andrew’s upcoming project, “Doll”. Can’t wait to see what the full feature turns out like!

Click on the “Doll” promotional still below to see the trailer.

Chloe Charles

Blog Post – Featured Artists – Chloe Charles

We at Number 9 are incredibly proud of Chloe Charles, a fantastic homegrown Canadian artist!  “With Blindfolds On” was recorded right here at Number 9 with Bernie Cistenas at the helm.  Please support this talented artist. You won’t regret it. .99 for a song, $9.99 for the whole album and it’s loaded with great gems like “Black & White”. Support Canadian Music. It will come back to you ten fold. Pay it forward. She is more than worth it. Wait till you hear about her history!

From her bio:

Expect the unexpected …

Even before the release of With Blindfolds On, Chloe Charles’ sophomore orchestral-soul-pop album received accolades with its opening track, Black & White, winning the 2014 Grand Prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and the Lennon Award for Pop. Sparsely orchestrated, yet characteristically lush, the vulnerable song Black & White sets the tone for this album’s labyrinthine soundscape through loss, love and yearning, lust and joie de vivre with her 3 dimensional orchestral romance and a hypnotizing voice reminiscent of Billie Holiday’s sultry poise, Adele’s intensity, the grit of Amy Winehouse and the courage and mischief of Bjork.

When Chloe’s debut album Break The Balance left critics in awe of her magical voice and scratching their heads as to what genre describes her, her mesmerizing sound placed her in a category of her own and landed the album critical acclaim:

“[One of] Five Canadian Acts to Watch”

Billboard Magazine

“pop songs with an introverted beauty of surprising clarity”

Rolling Stone Germany

“Toronto’s next big singer-songwriter”

The Globe and Mail

 Here’s the official YouTube video for “Black & White”:
Here’s the link to her iTunes page: Chloe Charles
And don’t hesitate to contact us if you have a song, album, suite or concerto that needs to be committed to the digital domain… we have the tools, the studio, and the players to help you realize your vision 🙂

Sony C800Will Smith, 50 Cent, Usher…why did this rent this mic from us? Yes, we offer music equipment rentals!

The Sony C800…why do the artists mentioned above choose it?   Let’s take a quick look!

The Sony C800 is a high-end tube vocal microphone. The mic was made popular for pop and R&B production by users like Dr. Dre, Mariah Carey, R. Kelly, Kelly Clarkson and many others.  With a pricetag at $11,000 this is not a mic you have laying around anywhere.  And not too many people own them, that’s why when Will Smith was recently in Toronto shooting “Suicide Squad” playing the role of Floyd Lawton / Deadshot he got his people to rent ours!  He was in his hotel room with some time to kill in between scenes and was working on some new material, and was laying down some rhymes in his suite with this sweet mic.  We have it on good authority that there were a few complaints from other hotel guests about the sub speakers rattling things around, but hey, he’s Will Smith!!!

So, it’s become a go-t0 staple for recording R&B, rap, etc, but it is such a versatile mic, many people use them as their mic of choice when recording pianos, acoustic guitars, and more!

User djui5 says on the Sweetwater forum:

07-08-2004, 11:40 PM

“C800…..all the way. The mic sound better on just about everything I’d use it on…and shapes in the mix better. It’s also less “harsh” in the top end which makes it more pleasant to listen to.

Great for vocals, piano, acoustic instruments (just about all of them), room mic’s……………..

After using the 800 I’ve come to not like the sound of the 149…personally….

Though the 149 is a great mic and I wouldn’t complain about having to use one.”

So, you can save up $11,000 and get your own, or you can either rent ours much more affordably and use it at your studio, or book some time at Number 9 and use the Sony, as well as our Neumann.. or the Bechstein… or the Memotron… or the Hammond…or…you get the idea!
Will Smith Live

Will Smith – with NOT a C800 😉

And until you rent the mic from us, if anyone comes looking for us, we’re in our secret lab using the DNA on the mic from Will Smith to clone him 😉

We’re in the midst of celebrating our 35th anniversary, so give us a call for a tour of the facilities and to perhaps book in for some time, and check out our client list to see who’s put their faith in us to deliver a stellar product.  Or, trust us with your music equipment rental needs!

And just for fun, here is one of our favourite clips from Late Night With Jimmy Fallon showing what a fun guy Will Smith is…Ladies and Gentlemen, the Evolution of Hip Hop dancing!

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