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The best part about having a great microphone collection is…having a great microphone collection!

This week, we helped our resident session musician, Mr Jack Dawson, start recording his new EP.

We also thought it would be a great excuse to use some classic microphones and some great set-ups!

The Artist:

Jack Dawson
Acoustic Guitar (Martin Marquis OM28)

The Microphones:

AKG C12VR x2 – Stereo Pair
As one of the most famous and legendary tube microphones in history, the C12 was considered to be the holy grail of microphones among sound engineers.
First built in the 1950s, the C12 VR is an enhanced version of the original C12. The enhancements include the capsule sound all the way through to the original 6072A vacuum tube carefully handcrafted in Vienna, Austria.
The C12 VR is the reference multi-pattern tube studio condenser microphone with nine polar patterns selectable by a remote control.
Visit AKG to find out more…
Placed in an AB configuration, 1 (Right) on the neck (approx 12th fret) and 1 (Left) mid body – slightly off axis

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Neumann U 47 fet (re-issue) x2 – Stereo Pair
The U 47 fet was part of the iconic sound of recordings from the 1960’s and 70’s.  With the capsule sound derived from its famous tube-based predecessor, it was a secret weapon for record producers who were keen to experiment. The top choice for soloists, the U 47 fet decisively affected the spatial dimension of the sound and the tonal depth of countless productions. The good processing of extremely high sound pressure levels, not previously attainable, also permitted the direct miking of loud guitar amplifiers, bass amplifiers and kick drums. The U 47 fet is like the return of an icon of a great musical era that is able to give the sounds of the new century an additional unmistakable character.
Visit Neumann.berlin to find out more…

Placed in an XY configuration, approx 1M distance (Off axis 45º down vertical)

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AKG C451B
The C451 B is a small-diaphragm condenser microphone with the identical acoustical behavior of its predecessor, the legendary C451 EB + CK1 capsule, which was a bestseller right from the start in 1969. With its airy sound, high overload limit and improved engineering details, the C451 B continues the success story of this legend. The roadworthy design around the handcrafted capsule and the low-noise preamp electronics ensure impressive results even under very harsh conditions.
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Placed on wooden floor, 90º off axis to performer for picking up first reflections. Very close proximity to floor (approx 2cm)

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EV RE20
The RE20 dynamic cardioid microphone is truly an industry standard, a firm favourite among broadcasters and sound engineers worldwide. Its popularity also extends into music production as a premium grade instrument microphone. Its Variable-D™ design and heavy-duty internal pop filter excel for close-in voice work, while an internal element shock-mount reduces vibration-induced noise.
In this great example of ignoring the generic “That mic is only good for (insert opinion here)”, we used the RE20 to capture the ‘centre’ of the performance. the audio file provided is only of guitar but the overall performance was for both guitar AND vocals.
Visit Electro-Voice to find out more…

 

Placed at chest height to the performer, approx less than 50cm distance.

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