The Journey.


Naidoo and Herberger rely on the Lawo Plug-in Collection.

As the company name suggests, German artist Xavier Naidoo and his long-time musical partner Michael Herberger founded Naidoo-Herberger Produktion GbR. Their main focus is set on producing CDs of German rap band Söhen Mannheims (Sons of Mannheim, featuring lead singer Xavier Naidoo) as well as Naidoo’s solo albums. For their latest projects, they rely on the tools in Lawo’s plug-in collection.

A common journey
After testing the waters with compositional work, their first releases were made from 1995 onwards with ‘Führ mich ans Licht’ (Guide me to the light) in 1995 and ‘Bis an die Sterne’ (Up to the stars) in 1998/9. In 1999, the live band ‘Söhen Mannheims’, in which both are still active members today, was finally formed.

From its very beginnings, the Naidoo-Herberger’s objective was to unite multiple producers under one roof. The idea was to generate synergies by bringing together as many creative people as possible in the space available. Accordingly, the new studio complex was designed with a separate control room per producer. The recording studio, however, has to be shared with the immediate neighbours. In this way, a main studio (the work space for Xavier and Michael) and eight, small project studios could be realized.

Live DVD with a Lawo mc²66
During the production of the Söhen Mannheims’ live-DVD, in cooperation with SWR (Südwestrundfunk), Herberger and his sound engineer, Winnie Leyh, used a Lawo mc²66 console. They were very excited by its operating concepts as well as its sound quality. In fact, they were so won over that they decided to employ Lawo’s plug-in collection in both Herberger’s and Leyh’s studios in Mannheim.

Lawo plug-ins had already been used during projects with Xavier Naidoo, and during work on an album for Vicky Landros. By now, they have established themselves as one of the company’s most important tools for precise sound processing in its plug-in setup. “The plug-in I enjoy most is probably the EQ, due to its immense precision and musicality. I can use it for everything - vocals, guitars, drums, you name it - and always end up with a superb final product,” extols Herberger, about his experience with the parametric EQ.

The Lawo plug-in collection
Featuring cutting-edge sound processing, combined with state-of-the-art ease of use and multiple innovative features, the mc² series’ mixing consoles have set new global standards, time and again. Lawo’s Plug-in Collection now brings signal processing and the mc² consoles’ algorithms directly to your computer. 64-bit floating point processing, combined with a signal-to-noise ratio of 135-150 dB, plus additional technical innovations, such as Hyperpanning and the entirely noise-free adjustment of all parameters, complete the picture.

Lawo’s Plug-in Collection comprises 12 plug-ins: Automatic Gain Control, Compressor, Compressor + Sidechain Filter, Delay, Expander Gate, Gate + Sidechain Filter, Parametric EQ, Graphic EQ, Hyperpan, and ImageX Limiter. The plug-ins are compatible with Ableton Live, Apple Logic, Cakewalk Sonar, Digidesign’s Pro Tools, Magix Samplitude, Steinberg Cubase, and others.

System Requirements
Mac OSX 10.4 or higher, Intel® Core™ 1.66GHz, 1GB RAM, Audio Unit, VST 2.4 or RTAS Host
Windows 2000/XP (32 Bit) and Vista (32/64 Bit), Pentium 3, 512MB RAM, VST 2.4 Host

Picture: Winnie Leyh (left) and Michael Herberger (right) seated in front of their workstation using the Lawo Plug-ins