Irish Pop Stars Record Ronnie Drew Tribute...Using The sE Gemini MIcrophone
U2, Shane MacGowan, Andrea Corr and the cream of the Irish music scene salute the legendary Ronnie Drew with a living tribute
When the stars of the Irish music scene lined up to record The Ballad For Ronnie Drew, a ‘living tribute’ for the Irish singer and folk musician, they ended up with a fantastic song helped in no small way by veteran engineer Enda Walsh and his sE Gemini and Reflexion Filter…
Ronnie Drew is the legendary Irish folk musician, member of the Dubliners, solo musician and a man who quite clearly has many fans and friends within the Irish Music scene. Recent health problems triggered a gathering of these musicians – including international stars such as Bono, Sinead O Conner and Andrea Corr – to record The Ballad Of Ronnie Drew, already a smash hit in Ireland with proceeds going to The Irish Cancer Society.
The video (see link below) reveals the likes of Bono et al using sE’s award-winning Reflexion Filter and Gemini II microphone during the recording of the song. Assistant engineer Enda Walsh – a big fan of sE products – was in on the session along with engineer Alastair MacMillan.
“Both Alastair and myself have previously worked, and continue to work, with most of the artists involved” says Walsh. “I started out working in studios and was honoured to do Front Of House sound for Van Morrison for 10 years, a position that gave me the privilege of working with Ray Charles, James Brown and many more.
“Alastair MacMillan has been a long time friend,” continues Walsh. “He has also used my sE Gemini II and Reflexion Filter on many occasions and was very happy for me to bring them along to the session. He, also, is a big fan of sE.”
“I love the natural sound of the Gemini II,” continues Walsh. “Not only is it my default vocal microphone, it is also my preferred acoustic guitar mic. I haven't tried it on piano or drum overheads yet but I have no doubt that it will deliver.”
And what did he make of the Reflexion Filter?
“It is just the best thing ever. I can't imagine why someone didn't do it years ago!”
So how did the big day go in the end?
“The recording day went very well,” replies Enda, “although it is somewhat of a blur, due mainly to the turnaround speed. Everything went very smoothly and everyone was 'more than happy' with the sE set-up, which is a tribute to you guys. Take a bow!”
Enda is also the owner of Amberville Studio. For more see www.ambervillestudio.com
The Reflexion Filter is a portable device for recording live sources with reduced room ambience. It is an advanced composite wall which is positioned behind any microphone by means of a variable position stand clamp assembly which ships with the product. The main function is to help obtain a ‘dry’ vocal or instrument recording. This is especially useful in studios…
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…