Sean 'Sully' Sullivan. Photo: Waves
Sean “Sully” Sullivan is the dictionary definition of a Journeyman Engineer, having mixed FOH for everyone from Sheryl Crow to Thom Yorke to Beck to Justin Timberlake. We caught up with him on the Rihanna tour recently and, as part of our on-going series of blog posts about “go-to” microphones, asked about his favorite “desert island mic”—what’s the one mic he turns to in a pinch, and why?
“I would have to say the Heil PR 30; it’s like my new Shure 57, you know? You could mic the whole stage with it and have a great sounding show. I’ve pretty much put them on everything and gotten good results with them.
“I got turned onto them in the beginning of ’07—a friend of mine asked me if I’d do ZZ Top for him because he was going to do something else. I was like, ‘Are you kidding? Of course I’ll go mix ZZ Top!’ He basically said, ‘Look, they like what I’m doing; I just can’t do this gig, so don’t go in there and change it all up. Use what I’m using and do it how I’m doing it.’ Fine with me.
“He had Heil mics on a bunch of stuff, and just by pushing faders and listening to them, I discovered, ‘OK, these things are actually pretty cool.’ So I’ve been using them pretty much since Bob Heil launched them or shortly thereafter; they’re great.”