With over 100 million users worldwide, Spotify is a household name in just about every country in the world. Their NYC offices are home to the world-class Spotify Studios, which has produced hundreds of recordings over the last several years for the Spotify Singles series, with artists ranging from John Legend to Sting, Miley Cyrus to Maggie Rogers, Ed Sheeran to Tony Bennett - the list goes on, with over 1.5 billion streams to date.
American indie folk band Fleet Foxes have spent much of the last two years on the road in support of their latest album, ‘Crack-Up’, and sE Electronics microphones and Reflexion Filters have been on stage the entire time.
Front of House Engineer Jake McLaughlin says, “We used the sE V7s and V7 Xs, VR1 and VR2 ribbons, sE4400a’s, sE5 and guitaRF Reflexion Filters for every one of our 150+ shows mixing Fleet Foxes in 2017 and 2018. These were our favorite mics to use on the majority of our 56 inputs – definitely our go-to for a great live mix both in theaters and large festivals venues alike.”
The band is well-known for their complex vocal harmonies, and sE’s V7 and V7 X mics have been in use every night for each band member’s vocal mics. McLaughlin notes, “They provide a clear vocal sound that’s very easy to get on top of the mix. We loved their very mid-forward curve and presence – that paired with the tight pattern made them a perfect choice.”
For guitar amplifiers, McLaughlin has been implementing sE’s guitaRF Reflexion Filters with passive VR1 and active VR2 ribbons. “The guitaRFs really help clean things up, and the ribbons kept the sometimes-harsh top end under control and easier to manage – and we also loved the VR2s as drum kit overheads, providing a shiny yet buttery top end for the cymbals.” His multi-pattern sE4400a mics were used on “everything from acoustic upright piano and harmonium to ambience mics”, and even as a “mid kit omni overhead channel”.
For more on Fleet Foxes, please visit: http://fleetfoxes.com
sE Artist Stephen Leiweke moved to Nashville in 1995 after making his first record with Jars of Clay. In this video, he discusses how he heard about sE Electronics microphones, what he hears while using them, and how he's now become a collector of sE4400a Stereo Pairs.
(3x) sE / Rupert Neve RNR1 Active Ribbon Microphones in a Decca Tree configuration, with a pair of sE4400a condensers in a wide AB configuration for ambience. Recorded through Merging Technologies Horus mic preamps, with minimal EQ.