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Sylvia and Lester guide you through Abbey Road's mic collection Condenser Microphones
Old 4 weeks ago
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Sylvia and Lester guide you through Abbey Road's mic collection

The man with the best job in the world takes us for a brief tour through Abbey Road's microphone collection (a mere 800+...and no, they never sell any !)

We get to see Alan Blumlein's design for them, plus various AKG's, Neumann, Coles/STC and ....I want a Noise Gun !


Lester Smith's loving care for the mics is evident...witness his handwritten meticulous logbook of measurements.

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Old 3 weeks ago
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Using a Neumann M49 as mid and KM56 as side mics (for an M-S pair) as you see in the video, it's impossible (given the grille enclosure volumes) how they could physically be any closer than the mounting bracket allows ? I assume this was therefore one of EMI's earliest M-S rigs ?
Old 3 weeks ago
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Wonderful! I had the fortune of meeting Lester in his Hobbit-like microphone lair, hidden in a hallway behind the big room of Studio Two.

When we were setting up to do vocals, the U47 was brought out without question. I asked if I could try a U67 as well, and the engineer got excited, as that was his preferred go-to. He acknowledged that the U47 is always first call partly because it's what people expect to see at Abbey Road. Maybe I'm revealing one secret too many, but he also told me Kate Bush is a U67 fan. Be still my mic-geek heart!
Old 3 weeks ago
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Its not Mr Blumleins rig
He was using the HB1 and a ribbon and a twin powered ribbon binaural array
The MS pair you see was from the 50s
Old 3 weeks ago
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Its not Mr Blumleins rig
He was using the HB1 and a ribbon and a twin powered ribbon binaural array
The MS pair you see was from the 50s
Old 3 weeks ago
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Many Thanks for this link Studer58!
Old 3 weeks ago
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Many Thanks for this link Studer58!
Pleased to give the heads-up . It's great to know that someone of Lester's experience is fully and so enthusiastically engaged in keeping a great mic collection in top working order. There's real value in a 'job for life' in this sector.
Old 2 weeks ago
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"It was 50 years ago today".....well not exactly today, but you know which album by the Fab Four has its Gold anniversary in 2018 ?

It sure is a big room: YouTube

Wondering which unheard relics if any will make it onto Giles M's reissue.....?

Even Studio 2 itself gets the reproduction treatment....where will it all end: YouTube ?
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