Pictured at Rocket Carousel Studios are (l-r) Greg Wells and Jamie Cullum. Photo by David Goggin.Los Angeles, CA (July 2, 2008)–The new album by British artist Jamie Cullum, produced by Greg Wells, utilized a pair of Telefunken | USA Ela M 250E microphones, reproductions of the microphone originally marketed in 1959.
The Grammy-nominated Wells has produced, written and/or recorded with Mika, OneRepublic, Katy Perry, Deftones, Pink, Rufus Wainwright, Otep, the Pussycat Dolls, Jewel, Michelle Branch, Hillary Duff, Celine Dion, The Veronicas, Ozzy Osbourne, and legendary music figures Aerosmith, Elton John, and Ahmet Ertegun. He produced “Apologize” by Timbaland featuring OneRepublic, which recently became the most played Top 40 hit of the past 20 years within a one-week period.
“I was on the hunt for a vintage microphone, an original, and I was ready to throw down and buy,” recalls Wells. “But Darren Findley at Vintage King Audio strongly suggested that I check out Telefunken | USA, that I should really hear what they are doing.” Originally sold in 1959 by Telefunken of Germany, the new Ela M 250E is a two-pattern (cardioid and omni) version of the Ela M251, and shares the same circuitry.
“Alan Veniscofsky sent me out the mic for a test,” Wells continues. “I rented my favorite 250 and I had my own vintage Neumann U 47 up as well. We tried Jamie on all three and this new mic was the clear winner. Jamie loved it so much that he got one too. This new microphone has all the warmth, the body, and the depth of the original, but the detail and the resolution of the high end has some extra quality that is especially appealing. They figured out a way to have it all, but it isn’t toppy; it doesn’t feel hyped at all. It’s a huge sounding microphone.”
Cullum released his debut album in 1999, followed by Pointless Notstalgic in 2001. His third album, 2004’s Twentysomething, went Platinum and became the No. 1 selling studio album by a jazz artist in the United Kingdom. Primarily a jazz artist, Cullum performs in a wide range of styles and is generally regarded as a crossover artist with his musical roots firmly based in jazz. His fourth album, Catching Tales, was released in late 2005.
“We had a lot of fun messing around with different mics,” says Cullum. “We put them all up and we messed around with some old ones, some new ones, some classics, some non-classics, and this 251 just sounded really great. We did a lot of A/B-ing and it really suited what we were doing, had a great vibe about it, and just sounded really good.”
The Ela M 250E comes with a European made ECC81 tube, a new CK12 dual membrane capsule, custom wound Haufe transformer, vintage style Ela M 950 power supply, 10-meter Gotham Audio cable, locking leather bound flight case, wooden microphone box, owner’s manual, and a fully transferable lifetime warranty.
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