Oxford, MS (August 21, 2009)–A pair of new Sennheiser MKH 8040 cardioid condenser mics has been central to two recent sessions at Fat Possum Records’ new studio.
On the new AA Bondy record, label manager and in-house producer Bruce Watson used the Sennheiser MKH 8040 on just about everything. On upright piano, it revealed all the nuances, both harmonic and earthy, with an overall balanced, honest tone. He miked acoustic guitar to again capture a ‘realness’ missing from most recordings. “We even used the mic for drum overheads,” he said. “It was high up, mono, and captured the small room as much as anything else. We didn’t use any close mics, and the sound, with an acoustic guitar in the same room, is phenomenal.”
Fat Possum Records was formed amongst the juke joints and shade trees surrounding Oxford, MS in the early 1990s, and made local blues legends RL Burnside and Junior Kimbrough famous. Over the course of the ensuing decade, the older bluesmen passed on and the label shifted focus to indie rock acts like Andrew Bird, Fiery Furnaces and The Black Keys. The label’s new recording space is a gutted, 130-year-old house–which happens to be right next to Watson’s own house. The old house now brims with gear, including an MCI 636 console, analog multitrack and two-track machines, and over 40 microphones.
Watson also recorded the first Jack Oblivion record in the new space. “It’s kind of a garage rock EP, and we were pushing the MKH 8040 as hard as we could,” he said. Drum overheads and acoustic guitar, again, benefited. In addition, Watson used it on a vintage Gibson B25. “It sounded great!” he summarized tersely. They even used the Sennheiser MKH 8040 on vocals. “It sounded fantastic and, try as we might, we couldn’t break it,” he admitted.