Truro, UK (August 17, 2010)–Producer and songwriter Gareth Young, known for his work with UK acts Sugababes, All Saints, Ronan Keating and others, has added several sE Electronics mics to his collection.
Young, who has been recording and producing since age 15, says, “I had my first deal at 17, and have been songwriting and producing ever since. I’ve worked with artists like Sugababes, Dannii Minogue, Lucie Silvas and Appleton. My main studio is near Truro in Cornwall with a programming room in London.”
Young has kitted out his studio with a special edition sE Gemini III dual tube, multi-pattern microphone and two sE RNR1 active ribbon after recommendations from other engineers, including John Cornfield from Sawmills Studios.
“I am using the Gemini III as my main vocal mike now, alongside a mic that costs four times as much, and I prefer the Gemini,” he reveals. “The RNR1s are being used mainly on electric guitars and as a second pair of overheads for kit miking.
“Since receiving the microphones, the Gemini III has become my vocal microphone of choice over my other two mics which cost up to £4,000 each. I now use it mainly for female vocals and the RNR1s are amazing on guitars.”
He concludes, “The switchable polar patterns on the Gemini III really help with day-to-day recording and the mic is generally on the pleasant side of bright. I also used it as a room overhead for drums, which was also successful—so much so that I will be getting another one for a stereo pair!
“The RNR1 has one brilliant feature: its sound. In all my days recording, I haven’t come across a better microphone for electric guitar amp recording. It’s really warm and gives the body needed without any EQ—a great mic.”
Young is currently in the studio producing metal band Kernuyck and working on two songs for X-Factor finalist Lucy Jones.