A Shure thing for The Black Keys13 January 2009
US: The adventurous US band used Shure mics during production of its latest album, Attack & Release, writes David Davies. KSM44 condenser mics and KSM141 condensers with switchable polar patterns were among the fixtures deployed at the Brian ‘Danger Mouse’ Burton-produced sessions, held at Suma Studio, near Cleveland, Ohio.
“We decided we wanted to go into the studio with a real producer to use really nice old equipment for once,” said drummer Patrick Carney of the decision to work with the Gnarls Barkley co-founder.
Guitarist/vocalist Dan Auerbach also procured a Shure Vocal Master PA for work on the album. Introduced in 1967, the Shure Vocal Master was described at the time as the “first portable total sound system”, joining an integrated power amplifier and mixer with columnar loudspeakers.
Contemplating the Vocal Master cabinets, Auerbach noted that the band “wanted to get that kind of weird vocal sound blended in. They’re kind of dangerous_ heavy as hell, metal-lined on the rims. If you drop one, you’ll cut off your feet. Besides that, they’re awesome.”
The Black Keys has just completed a series of Australian shows, and is shortly to commence a new US tour.
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