Studios 301 have used their comprehensive locker of Neumann mics to record the likes of Coldplay, INXS, Post Malone and Sir Elton John, to name a few.
The prestigious Studios 301 in Sydney are no stranger to working with the best, both in terms of their equipment and their clients. Studios 301 have used their comprehensive locker of Neumann mics to record the likes of Coldplay, INXS, Post Malone and Sir Elton John to name a few of the bigger international acts, with more local talent like Troye Sivan, Amy Shark, Vance Joy and The Rubens having graced their halls as well.
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In-house engineers Jack Garzonio and Jess Deskovic can speak to Neumann often being the right mic for the job. “Neumann microphones serve as a creative tool for us.” says Jack, “For example, there are differences between the Neumann KM 84 and KM 184. The 84 can be very ‘Neumanny’ whereas the 184 is not as thick.”
While Studios 301’s mic locker houses almost 150 microphones, at least 50 of them are Neumann, speaking to the German manufacturer’s ability to create a wide array of mics for a multitude of uses. From hefty tube mics to precise pencil condensers, Neumann produce a professional grade mic for just about every job, engineers often finding themselves with multiple re-issues and variants of the same mic.
Capturing a sound is one thing, but shaping it with the right mic is another, and a Neumann is often the right tool for the job, no matter how specific. The Neumann U 48, a favourite of Frank Sinatra, is “a gorgeous mic, which creates a very grainy, smoky sound, perfect for Jazz or Blues.”
Choosing the right mic for the job often leaves you at the mercy of what you’re hearing– but Neumann has you covered there too. Studios 301 employ Neumann KH310A monitors, of which Jess says “I’ve been doing a lot of mixing for pop and jazz, and I quite like how open and clear the monitors are… you hear the things that need treatment and work… the 310s are one of the smoothest platforms.”
When not sitting in the sweet spot between a pair of Neumann monitors, Jess monitors on NDH 30 studio headphones, noting that the open back design is optimal for “clearing out resonance [that] lets you get a more accurate frequency response.”
Neumann are a dominant force in the world of pro audio, so it’s no surprise their products are used extensively at one of Australia’s premier recording locations. Studios 301 have a reputation to uphold, records to make and performances to capture, and they trust Neumann for all of this.
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