Geoff Martyn says sE’s Gemini is the best vocal mic
Geoff Martyn is sure about one thing: “sE’s Gemini is the best vocal mic out there!”
Geoff Martyn: "I’ve really embraced the sE sound. When it comes to recording acoustic guitars and vocals there’s just no competition.”
With so many mics to choose from, it’s easy to lose sight of your goals. If your goal is to capture great recordings every time, then there can be only one…
Singer/songwriting Geoff Martyn lives and breathes music production, so when he recommends a mic you know he’s talking from experience. For one so young he’s already racked up an impressive resume – the one-time member of Travis has written with some of the best in the business, including Wet Wet Wet’s Marti Pellow, Adam Levy (The Norah Jones Band) and Chris Difford (Squeeze).
But from an early age a passion for music production steered him into the control room, recording and producing not just his own material but also a diverse roster of bands and solo artists.
It was while recording in another studio, however, that Geoff first heard that Gemini sound. He instantly realised that sE was the way forward.
“As soon as I heard the results coming through the monitors I just knew that I had to have that sound. And when I asked the engineer a few questions about the mic I realised I could easily achieve the same sound in my studio.”
“Shortly after that I was recording in a studio in London, and we had a Neumann, an AKG and the Gemini set up for the session, but it didn’t take long for the other two mics to fall by the wayside. The Gemini won hands down, there was just no doubt that it gave the fullest, richest reproduction of the vocalist’s voice.”
“So that was a year ago, and since then I’ve really embraced the sE sound – in my studio I’m now the proud owner of a Reflexion Filter, the sE 2200a, the sE4 Stereo Pair, and, of course, the Gemini II. When it comes to recording acoustic guitars and vocals there’s just no competition.”
“The sound of a mic is obviously very important, but with sE gear I love that you get everything you need right out of the box. Many mic manufacturers will happily sell you a mic, but then you realise you need to pay extra for a case, a shockmount and whatever else you might need. With sE you know that they’ll include everything you need at a great price.”
“So with the Gemini I have a great valve mic that captures incredible vocals every time. It’s the ultimate vocal microphone, and I defy anyone using it not to get a great sound!”
The Gemini II dual valve microphone is sE Electronics ultimate design. A no holds barred piece of microphone history. The dual valve design means pure valve warmth from the 12AX7 input valve coupled with a 12AU7 valve on the output stage in place of the traditional transformer. The result is an incredibly large detailed and intimate sound reminiscent…