Los Angeles, CA (November 25, 2015)—Engineer and producer Mark Needham recently got his hands on Manley Reference mics, using them on a project with Newsboys at his L.A. studio, The Ballroom.
“I’ve got two of the Reference mics and two of the Reference Gold mics. They sound amazing. I do a lot of artist development work, and I’m producing a band called Newsboys right now. The music is a combination of rock and EDM—very dense arrangements, sometimes more than 150 tracks. I find the Manley Reference mic is one of the few that can cut through these very dense tracks,” says Needham.
“I’ve used the Reference mics on a number of different sources, and it always sounds great,” he continues. “I’ve recorded acoustic guitars with the Reference Gold mics, and I’ve had great results with them on the 1901 Steinway I’ve been tracking. I’m about to use them to record a children’s choir in a very large church, and I’ve no doubt they will sound amazing.”
The long-time studio pro, whose credits range from Fleetwood Mac, Imagine Dragons and John Hiatt to Pharoah Sanders, Taj Mahall and Pink, comments, “I’ve been using Manley gear since the company first started. I have a few Variable MUs, a couple of EQs, some preamps—I probably have most of the stuff they make.”
He cites his long relationship with Manley gear as an integral part of his sonic signature: “I started using Manley gear in the ’90s, and it became part of my sound, especially in mixing and tracking. I cover a pretty wide range of stuff, from Chris Isaak to EDM, and I love the way that tube sound enhances it all.”
He adds, “I was drawn to their gear because it went well with my own ethos. Manley was a company with very high standards and they put a lot of time and thought in the products they were making.”