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New Skindred Album ‘Kill The Power’ recorded with sE Electronics

James Loughrey is a producer, engineer and mixer who’s worked alongside a long list of artists such as Def leppard, Lionel Ritchie and Bjork. After starting his career as a studio assistant, he moved on to secure a job at Britannia Row Studios where he honed his engineer, mixing and producing skills. James talked to Se Electronics about his current role, recording and producing on future releases with My Vitriol and Skindred.

Fans of Skindred‘s music will be familiar with with their distinct style; Loud, gritty guitar riffs and heavy thrash percussion. James explains how the sE Voodoo VR2 and a pair of sE Rupert Neve RN17‘s were used when recording the bands upcoming album ‘Kill The Power’.

"I’ve used sE mics to record the latest Skindred album - the guitars wouldn’t be the same without them" he starts, he continues to explain why he chose the sE electronics over other brands stating "I use them to record heavy guitars as they give an amazing amount of bottom end. I also use them for percussion and anything else that is ‘roomy’" explains James.

The sE Voodoo VR2 active ribbon mic captures frequencies from 20Hz to 20KHz and emits a detailed clear and natural sound which is known to work superbly with a wide range of instruments. James mentioned how impressed he’s been with the mic stating "I’ve used various sE microphones and I strongly believe they are well made products that you can take into any recording environment".

James explains further how he chooses to use the microphones in a live setup, "When miking a 4X12 cab, i use the sE Voodoo VR2 directly onto the cones and phase align them which results in the VR2 giving me warmth,".He continues, "If you place the voodoo VR2 at a 30 degree angle on the cone it helps with the high transients. They are really useful high gain ribbons- I’ve used the Royer R121 and the VR2 comes out tops against it!". 

sE Voodoo VR2 Ribbon Mic Features

  • Diaphragm 2 aluminium ribbon
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz-18KHz
  • Sensitivity: 10mV/Pa -40 ¡À 1.5dB
  • Polar Pattern: Figure 8
  • Impedance: ¡Ü 200 Ohms
  • Equivalent Noise Level: 20dB(A weighted)
  • Max SPL for 0.5% [email protected]: 135dB
  • Power Requirement: Phantom power 48V¡À4V
  • Connector: 3-pin
      For more information, check out the VooDoo VR2 on the Dolphin Website

Take a listen to Skindred’s lead track from the forthcoming album ‘Kill The Power’, released in 2014 and find more information via their website

Article by Stefanie Chew


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