Ralph Verdult is one of the main engineers at the K.E.M. studio. After a successful bachelor graduation at SAE Institute in 2009, he decided to pursue a career as an engineer in the music industry. When late 2011 the opportunity arose to join Daan in setting up the studio, he jumped on it right away.
As a live engineer Ralph works with a number of national bands that are slowly but steadily climbing the ladder. A few among them are Wooden Saints (woodensaints.net) Orlando (orlandoorlando.nl) and Eefje de Visser (eefjedevisser.com). Besides that, he is a house engineer at the small but friendly venue Bitterzoet and one of the main venues in the Netherlands, de Melkweg.
Within the first year that the K.E.M. studio became operational Ralph has been working on two albums inside the premises. One being the Amsterdam based rhythm ‘n blues orchestra Giant Tiger Hooch, which will be released late 2013. The other is the third studio album of jazz vocalist Anne Chris, expected in 2014.
Even though born in the 80’s, Ralph likes old recording techniques as they were used more than half a century ago. Organic (live) recordings with quality gear, where the musician’s comfort and performance are the main concern. Combined with the digital possibilities of this year and age, nothing stands in the way of creating a great record.
Even though the gear list on this website might give you an indication of the gear the K.E.M. studio staff uses day to day, they are always hunting for more. Besides an engineer, Ralph could also be described as a true gear fanatic, constantly searching the web for the best new converters, used dynamic processors and effect-units and vintage microphones.