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From The X-Factor to David Bowie with sE Electronics…

From The X-Factor to David Bowie with sE Electronics…

Sugababes, All Saints, Ronan Keating, you name them, the chances are that Gareth Young has worked with them. Gareth has been recording and producing since the tender age of 15 and has certainly carved out a successful career since then…


“I had my first deal at 17,” he says “and have been songwriting and producing ever since. I’ve worked with artists like Sugababes, Dannii Minogue, Lucie Silvas and Appleton. My Main studio is near Truro in Cornwall with a programming room in London.”

Gareth has kitted out his studio with the special edition sE Gemini III dual tube, multi-pattern microphone and two sE RNR1 active ribbon after recommendations from other engineers, including John Cornfield from Sawmills Studios.

“I am using the Gemini III as my main vocal mic now alongside a mic that costs four times as much, and I prefer the Gemini!” he reveals. “The RNR1s are being used mainly on electric guitars and as a second pair of overheads for kit miking.”

“Since receiving the microphones, the Gemini III has become my vocal microphone of choice over my other two mics which cost about £4k each! I now use it mainly for female vocals and the RNR1s are amazing on guitars.”


Finally, Gareth concludes: “The switchable polar patterns on the Gemini III really help with day to day recording and mic is generally on the pleasant side of bright. I also used it as a room overhead for drums which was also successful - so much that I will be getting another one for a stereo pair!”

Gareth is currently in the studio producing the Metal band Kernuyck and working on two songs for X-Factor finalist, Lucy Jones.

Also a major fan of sE mics is prolific recording and mix engineer Andy Bradfield…

Breeze through the pages of Andy Bradfield’s musical CV and you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d accidentally stumbled upon a Who’s Who of the pop world. Names like David Bowie, Elbow, David Gray, Salt’n'Pepa, Pet Shop Boys, Tom Jones, Kylie, Eternal, Spice Girls and Boyzone leap out at you through the reams and reams of acts that didn’t quite make the ‘superstar’ list.

Away from the pop charts, Andy’s also notched up a similarly large canon of work, mixing tracks for the likes of Future Sound of London, Beth Orton, Eric Clapton, Mrc Almond, Rufus Wainwright… In a career that’s thrived over two decades, Andy’s scored a handful of Number One records and even a Grammy nomination.


Maybe it’s the distinctly traditional approach of coming through the ranks that’s given Andy such a good grounding in the fundamentals of mixing great music. Starting off as a tea boy, Andy quickly moved into London’s legendary Townhouse, and before long was assisting some of the greatest names in the business.

“I worked with many amazing engineers and producers during that time, going freelance as an engineer in the early 90s. That’s when I moved into mixing and production.”

Andy’s studio centres on a Digidesign Icon and Pro Tools set up with lots of outboard. But when it comes to recording, he reachess for his Neve preamps and sE Microphones.

Q: When did you begin using sE mics?”

A:“I’ve been using sE’s Gemini in the studio for a couple of years now and I really like it, mainly for vocals and acoustic guitar. It’s a really ‘big’ sounding mic with great sound. And then, I recently picked up the sE RNR1 (Rupert Neve-designed ribbon mic), which is just amazing. A while back I was recording with an artist who insisted on using an authentic ribbon mic… and it sounded awful. I think the mic was defective. So I put up the RNR1 and it just sounded amazing. It still fitted the ‘sound’ that was on the other songs, but had a nice presence to it too. I’ve used it on trumpet, lead vocals and electric guitar… it’s very smooth and warm, but also with some great top end presence.”

The reason I bought sE mics? Well…there’s a few reasons. They are very good mics, they’re also extremely well made, and do precisely what they say they will. These mics just work!”

Q: We’re currently giving away a free Reflexion Filter with purchases of selected sE mics…have you ever used the Reflexion Filter?”

“It’s nice to know that I have great mics on hand whenever I want to record, and the Reflexion Filter makes a lot of difference in small recording spaces that are more and more the norm these days.”


Find out how to get your hands on a free Reflexion Filter with certain mics by clicking here…


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