Cary Brothers at SXSW’s
Blue Microphones Day
Show at Gibsom Showroom.
Austin, TX (May 11, 2009)–At SXSW, the Blue Microphones Day party held at the Gibson Showroom featured Meiko, Jim Bianco, Chris Pierce, Cary Brothers and Greg Laswell–all staples of LA’s renowned singer-songwriter venue, the Hotel Café.
The Hotel Café/Blue Microphones/Gibson Showcase artists most often used Blue’s Kiwi. Featuring a B6 capsule, the mic tackles mids and bottom ends and is designed to suit all styles from layered vocals and acoustic guitar chords to rich, lush piano. The kiwi reportedly worked for both Chris Pierce’s fierce gospel howl and the mellower vocals of acoustic guitar strummers Greg Laswell and Cary Brothers.
Blue’s Blueberry mic provided delivery for Jim Bianco, feeding the artist’s smooth rhythm and blues voice to the front of the mix. MySpace Records artist Meiko, who embarks on her first solo headlining tour this spring, performed using Blue’s Dragonfly mic. Named for its shape, the mic is surrounded by an elastic shockmount that provides quick mic placement and is said to pair well with the female voice, whether it be soprano or Meiko’s alto.
Almost every artist that performed that afternoon took advantage of the Gibson Showroom’s grand piano, flanked by Blue’s active ribbon mic, the Woodpecker. Developed over five years, the mic aims to provide a contemporary twist to the classic, smoky sound of vintage microphones, capturing deep tones and bass.
When Blue Microphones launched in 1995, its main focus was refurbishing vintage high-end microphones, eventually shifting the nostalgic sound of mics past into the handmade pieces it trademarks today. Laswell opted for another bottom-end mic when it was his turn on the grand piano–Blue’s Mouse mic. The Mouse suited Laswell’s low range baritones on songs like “Comes And Goes” and “Sing, Theresa Say.”