F. REID SHIPPEN

GRAMMY® AWARD-WINNING MIX ENGINEER, PRODUCER, ENTREPRENEUR


Nashville, TN USA

Could you please tell us a bit about your background? Where you came from, what you've worked on, where you are, what you're up to these days?

I grew up in NJ just south of NYC. Moved to TN for school (MTSU) and stayed/got stuck. Been fortunate to work on a wide range of music... R&B to pop to CCM to country. Collected a few fun accolades along the way, including 10 Grammy Award-winning records mixed.

These days, I'm mixing, producing, running an gear company (atomicinstrument.com), a publishing company (song.house) and a few other startups.

So how did you become familiar with sE Electronics?

I've known about them for a while. They always made good mics - quality, dependable stuff, not hit or miss like....well, next question.


What sE gear have you tried out thus far?

The X1 D is now my go-to outside kick mic. It's lovely and I use it every session. Everyone I've loaned one to has bought one. We call it the SEX mic because it makes the low end so sexy...don't print that. [We're printing that.]

The T2 is pretty scary on bass cabs and percussion. I've been looking for weaknesses in that mic - haven't found them yet. I'm just starting to play with this one though.

"X1 D on kick drum on lots of country #1's. Used it with Aaron Sterling, Fred Eltringham, Nir Z, tons of great players on records from Dierks Bentley, Brett Eldridge, Frankie Ballard, Eric Paslay, etc...the FET47 stays in the case now."

How have you been using the gear? What sources/artists/projects?

X1 D on kick drum on lots of country #1's. Used it with Aaron Sterling [Taylor Swift,  Sara Bareilles, The Civil Wars, Regina Spektor], Fred Eltringham [The Wallflowers, k.d. lang], Nir Z [Genesis, John Mayer, Chris Cornell], tons of great players on records from Dierks Bentley, Brett Eldridge, Frankie Ballard, Eric Paslay, etc...the FET47 stays in the case now.


Is there something in particular you like about it? What makes it work for you?

It sounds awesome. Fast, clean and doesn't make the low end mumphy (that's a technical term).


Any tips or tricks for recording with your sE gear that you'd like to share?

Point it at kick drums. Outside or in. It also works great on small kicks with front heads removed - and it gets along really well with my '62 Ampeg B-15 fliptop.


Any more general information / advice / words of wisdom? Favorite artists, favorite foods? Facts that people might not know but should?

Never whittle towards yourself. Be kind, for everyone is fighting a great battle. I find the harder I work, the luckier I get. Good food and good artists are my favorite. Asia gets my vote for flavor - the cuisine, not the band - and Belgians make the best beer.


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TIPS & TRICKS

X1 D - "Point it at kick drums. Outside or in. It also works great on small kicks with front heads removed - and it gets along really well with my '62 Ampeg B-15 flip top."

T2 - "Bass cabs and percussion."

Reflexion Filter PRO - "I use it to keep the bad out and the good in. On vocals in certain rooms, on guitar cabs, and even on drums (floor toms and kicks)."

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