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sE Gemini’s twin successes for The Charlatans and Stereophonics

Published: Fri October 20, 2006  News Feed
Jim Lowe is a top producer and engineer who has worked with some massive bands including the Charlatans and Stereophonics. With these twin successes, there was only one pair of mics he could use, the sE Geminis…

“I got into music because I love it, and feel it’s running in my blood,” so says Jim Lowe, so it was no surprise that he ended up working in the heart of the music industry where contacts with some of the giants of the scene were made…

“I trained as an engineer at Nomis studios, eventually went freelance and started doing some live mixing as well as studio stuff,” Jim explains. “I ended up mixing some live stuff for Stereophonics. They seemed impressed with me because I then went on to engineer their following album You Gotta Go There To Come Back. That then led on to producing, along with Kelly Jones, the following album Language. Sex. Violence. Other? which spawned the number one single Dakota.”

The album put the band very much back on the rock music map and its success has meant that they have spent a huge part of the last year on the road on a massive world tour from which the recent live album Live From Dakota was recorded. Jim has been hugely busy as well since the success of Language. Sex…

“I went on to produce the most recent Charlatans album Simptico and, most recently, I have just finished working a band called The Servant.”

Luckily with his work with Stereophonics and the extra work that that success has helped generate, Jim now has some quality tools for recording, including a pair of sE Gemini microphones.

“I bought them because I just heard on the grapevine there were these valve mics called Gemini that were great value and sounded great. I've been using them as overhead mics and as room mics on drums, which I did on the last Charlatans and Stereophonics albums. I have also used them on vocals. They have a reasonably bright edge, but a great clarity. They are a terrific value valve mic. They have added another sonic dimension to the sound already in my head.”

As you might expect the future is just as busy for Jim. There’s a “forthcoming Stereophonics record and my own music.” And just maybe “some time off and a holiday.” Here’s hoping!

Jim’s top recording tip “Just record and mix music the way you hear it. There’s no written rules, everyone has got their own ears and taste, so mix it until you like the sound of it, and trust yourself.”
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