New York, NY (April 11, 2014)—New Zealand rock band The Naked and Famous will be using a slew of Telefunken M81 dynamic mics this weekend when it plays Coachella as part of its current world tour.
“We discovered the Telefunken M81 while rehearsing at Bedrock Studios in LA,” recalled Aaron Short, who plays keyboards in the band. “The big challenge on stage is getting the right rejection from the mic. We’re very loud onstage and the vocals can be very dynamic and then suddenly quiet. We needed to find one microphone that could be sensitive and clear, but at the same time still have very strong feedback rejection.”
“When we got the Telefunken mics, we A-B’d them with our touring mics and there was just an elemental difference,” explained Aaron Short. “The top end especially opened up, almost like a condenser microphone. After rehearsing a bit, we realized they really made a big difference with live vocals. We also used a Telefunken M80 dynamic on the snare drum for the album we recorded in LA with Billy Bush at Sunset Sound.”
Entering LA’s Sunset Sound studio in March 2013 with engineer Billy Bush, the band began the process of recording In Rolling Waves. The album sessions were completed in a month and then in late 2013, The Naked and Famous headed for London where Alan Moulder spent a month mixing the album at his Willesden studio, Assault and Battery.
The album was mastered at Sterling Sound in New York by Joe LaPorta, who had also mastered the band’s first album, Passive Me, Aggressive You. The album was produced by Thom Powers with Aaron Short. Justin Meldal-Johnsen co-produced two tracks with Thom Powers.
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