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Whether in the studio with Brian Eno, Nellee Hooper or Björk, production guru KK relies on sE microphones...
Few people are as versatile as Kevin 'KK’ Kerrigan – composer, producer, recording artist, programming legend and all round studio guru, KK has worked with the best in the business. And when you work with the best you have to get results, which is why he records with sE mics.Rewind to the turn of the millennium and KK is working with legendary Ambient pioneer and Pop producer Brian Eno, experimenting with the new directions that computer-based audio could take them and forging programming skills that would see Eno describe KK as a sonic alchemist. Testimonials don’t come much weightier than that!
In the intervening years KK has racked up a CV that includes a 'grade a’ list of musical heavyweights, including Dave Stewart, Björk, Steven Street, Britney, Kylie, Dido and KT Tunstall amongst many. He’s also turned his finely-tuned ear to screens big and small, working on original music for Tom Cruise blockbusters and ad campaigns for British Airways and Google.
Clearly a producer as diverse as this needs to know he’s got the best tools for whatever project he’s involved with, so when KK first came across sE microphones he knew he was on to something good. “I was visiting a producer friend of mine and he was using a Z5600a [multi-pattern condenser]. Once I heard it in action I was convinced – and when he told me the price I was doubly convinced!”
“Right now I’m using the Gemini [dual-valve condenser], the Titan [multi-pattern condenser] and the Reflexion Filter. Like many people I find non-traditional recording environments are much more inspirational when it comes to getting a good take, which is why I love the Reflexion Filter. With that and a good mic you can make almost anywhere a great recording space. I’ haven’t tried it yet in a cave or a greenhouse, but I’m pretty sure it would cope!”
“I use the Titan because it has a really clear, warm sound, and because it doesn’t need a power supply it’s ideal for recoding in the field. It’s a really versatile mic that gives flattering results to all manner of sounds, from brass to percussion. It’s the 'safe bet’ mic I reach for whenever I need a great, lucid sound on pretty much anything.”
“But when it comes to vocals, it has to be the Gemini – it’s just got a fantastic sound. I love the warmth, air and clarity it gives to a voice. It’s a great mic to work with, giving a richness of tone that’s close to mics I’ve used that cost many times the price.”
“With both of these mics the recording process feels more fluid, which helps with creativity, inspiring a performer to work at their peak as the results sound so good really quickly,” KK reveals. “Much as a painter will use more than one type of brush, I see recording as a similar creative process – both these mics have a very different sound, so they suit a variety of applications.”