Pictured with the new
Telefunken|USA Ela M250
are Cee-Lo Green and Graham
Marsh. Photo: Samuel Thomas.
Miami, FL (April 29, 2009)—Gnarls Barkley vocalist Cee-Lo Green is recording his upcoming solo album using a Telefunken|USA Ela M 250.
The album is being recorded in Miami with engineer/mixer Graham Marsh, using the Ela M 250, a reproduction of the classic microphone originally marketed in 1959. The first single from the Atlantic Records album is due this summer.
"Cee-Lo truly has a unique voice--the closest we have today to an Otis Redding or a Marvin Gaye," says Marsh. "He is a true soul singer, but he can get a bit nasally at times, which is his trademark. I used to work on that in the box because the 2K material can be sonically harsh at times, but the new Ela M250 takes it and rounds it off, softens it up just right."
Marsh is known for his work with such artists as Natalie Cole and Lionel Richie, and as producer of tracks for Leona Lewis, Novel, and Ludacris. He also recorded and co-mixed "The Odd Couple" by Gnarls Barkley (Danger Mouse and Cee-Lo).
"Cee-Lo sings with a lot of dynamic range," Marsh continues. "He sings softly one moment and then really belts it out. The 250 stood up to that like the Great Wall of China. When he heard his voice with this mic, he immediately knew it was the right microphone. Cee-Lo has great mic technique and knows exactly where he needs to be to get the sound he wants."
Marsh uses a John Hardy M-1 microphone preamp and a Universal Audio 1176 compressor/limiter with the Ela M250. He sometimes utilizes Manley EQ to "boost a little bit of the 8 to 10K range, just to give it a little airiness."
Originally sold in 1959 by Telefunken of Germany, the new Ela M 250 is a two-pattern (cardioid and omni) version of the Ela M251, and shares the same circuitry. The Telefunken|USA Ela M 250 comes with a new CK12 dual membrane capsule, custom wound Haufe transformer, vintage style power supply, 10-meter Gotham Audio cable, locking leather bound flight case, wooden microphone box, owner’s manual, and a transferable lifetime warranty.