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sennheiserusa posted this quote by the Black Keys' FoH engineer (Oct 2014 via Instagram): “I went for a combo of e 906 and MD 421for Auerbach’s main guitar rig, with the 906 placed near the centre of the cone to get all the mid/hi-mid details plus the crunch and fuzz that comes from the Marshall amp and Fender guitar, and the 421 placed midway or nearer to the outer edge of the cone to get the low-mid warmth" - Jason M. Tarulli, FoH Engineer for [The Black Keys](http://equipboard.com/band/the-black-keys) #Sennheiser #MD421 #e906more
"He also used a Fender Bassman on about four songs and a Vox AC30 for some clean tracks. Four microphones were used to mic Kurt's speaker cabinet (he would pick which mic he liked best for each song and its signal was sent through the Neve console at Sound City): a Shure SM57, an AKG 414, a Neumann U87, and occasionally a Sennheiser 421."more
> I had two Shure SM57s on the snare, top and bottom, and on the toms I had an SM57 on the top and a Sennheiser 421 underneath. You have to be really careful in positioning these mics; the top gives more attack and the bottom will pick up a more round tonal quality. Mike Fraser, Sound on Sound article, 2009.more
Labrinth has been using an e 935 wireless vocal microphone for some time and Ross was happy for him to continue. "He was using it before I was involved and I like it myself. I think it is suited to his voice and we both get everything that we need out of it. We've never had any issues with the Sennheiser gear. It's stable, solid, very reliable and there's plenty of clarity and warmth there."more
Matt: Does your studio set up differ from your stage rig? Stacey: I keep things pretty simple. My role in Hi-Fi is to just provide the meat. I have two settings distorted and really distorted, loud and louder. Normally I play all the rhythm parts, but for this record Jamie and I both played rhythm because we 99% of it is live off the floor. So in other words, when we got a drum track we got a bass and two rhythms guitar track as well, because we were all tracking live together. There’s this intangible quality you get with four guys playing live at the same time. There’s no beat detective or anything with this record, we just did it live and then added overdubs later. Generally speaking, I use a Marshall JCM2000and I’ll put a 421 or a 57 on that and a Royer, a little darker mic, and I have a Bad Cat combo amp that I use. So I have this wall of distortion from the Marshall and I’ll mix in the chimey, clean stuff from the Bad Cat, and that really works well for me. That’s in the studio, and on stage I’m really simple, I really just set up the Marshall and I’m good to go.more
Vrenna says that most of the bass and guitar parts on the album were recorded direct. “Every single bass sound — and everyone's going to shoot me for saying this — is a [Line 6] Bass Pod Pro,” he says. “But then I come out of the Bass Pod Pro and always put that through my Summit Audio TD-100 tube DI. I don't use the compression within the Pod. I put that through an API and then my ADL tube compressor. Then that goes in. I use [the Pod] for its tones and then do other stuff.” As for the guitars, “A lot of the heavy guitar stuff is the Mesa Tri-Axis and the Recto Directo, things like that. Most of it is direct.” When he did choose to mike the amp, he used either a Shure 57 or a Sennheiser 421.more