Donal Hodgson "sE Rupert Neve RN17 on Toms - Amazing!"
Donal Hodgson is an award winning Sound Engineer, Mixer and Studio Manager and has worked with such artists as Sting, Tina Turner, Jeff Beck and Duran Duran.
Donal started out in the industry as a tape operator at Jacobs Studios, Surrey. He then moved on to Eden Studios in West London where he progressed swiftly to become Chief Engineer and worked with artists such as Primal Scream and The La’s.
In May 2005, Donal began managing Sting’s studio and went on tour with Sting as his sound supervisor, whilst also being involved with The Police World Tour.
In 2011, Donal dedicated to recording Sting's latest and as yet unreleased project. Earlier this year he took some time out of his busy schedule to talk to us about his career, gear and his upcoming projects with Sting.
Which sE products are you using?
“We are recording a new album of Sting material and so far my sE Rupert Neve RN17's are on every track. I'm using them on drums at the moment. I was impressed enough by the RN17 to buy a pair, you can’t recommend a piece of equipment than using your own hard earned coins in it’s purchase. These are a very welcome addition to my slowly increasing mic collection.”
“What surprised me about the RN17’s is how good they are on such a wide range of uses, they really fit with the type of music I am recording, simple. As well as the RN17s, I have also been using the Reflexion Filters, specifically the IRF 2 – the original and best filters. You won’t believe how good they are until you use them. I now don’t record without them.”
Do you have any tips on the way you use your sE mics?
“Put the RN17’s on toms, they’re amazing!”
Tell us a few things you like in general about sE mics.
"The build quality feels really good on the RN17’s. The Reflexion Filters have certainly survived a lot of travelling so I am looking forward to seeing how the RN17’s survive air travel in my bag! Basically, there are certain products that I’ve used or heard in my career, and I know that I just have to have them as they will greatly improve what I do professionally; the RN17’s are such a product.”
Many thanks to Donal Hodgson for his kind words and picture. If you wish to audition the sE Rupert Neve RN17 in your studio via the loan service, please email email@example.com