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Nathan Sheehy’s favourite mics of all time (so far)

Nathan Sheehy is one of the most ambitious young producers working in Australia right now. He cut his teeth working in some of the best studios in the country alongside some equally brilliant producers. With an ear constantly on the ground for the best up and coming acts, Sheehy finds his work getting spun constantly on triple J and community stations like FBi and 4zzz.

Sheehy’s producer credit list is constantly growing and his skills as a mix engineer are increasingly sought after. He is currently working in Jungle Studios and A-Sharp in Sydney and his credits include work with Dune Rats, Bluejuice, Creo, Little May and The Vanns. We’re always excited to see what Nathan does next and, as BC from Dune Rats astutely says, “we put our money on him being the hottest shit for years to come.” Too right. Nathan Sheehy best mics of all time

Nathan Sheehy is one of Australia’s hottest studio properties, producing and engineering some of Australia’s leading lights in rock, indie and pop. Here are his 5 favourite mics.

Shure SM7B

Nathan: This guy is a shoo-in for almost any male rock vocal. No thrills but on point.

I find it so malleable to mix into a loud track especially with vocalists that don’t have great dynamic control.

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Name: Shure SM7b | Year Introduced: 1973 | Type: Dynamic | Pattern: Cardioid

Coles 4038

Nathan: The best drum overheads I have ever come across. Captures transients beautifully, rounds off all the harsh edges and retains depth and clarity.

Although to begin the 4038 may sound a little dark, a small shelf boost in the tops and all that shiny stuff comes alive!

Name: Coles 4038 | Year Introduced: 1953 | Type: Ribbon | Pattern: Bi-directional

Neumann U47 FET

Nathan: Large-diaphragm workhorse. Kick drums, bass and guitar, vocals, percussion, etc it can basically record anything and sound pretty bloody brilliant.

It has awesome low-end response and can handle high SPL like a mofo.

Name: Neumann U47 FET | Year Introduced: Conceived in 1969, mass production started in 1972 | Type: Condenser | Pattern: Cardioid

Telefunken AK47

Nathan: Besides a $10,000 snazzy tube vocal mic, this guy is your next best thing.

It does a very sexy pop vocal sound, mids and top clarity. Also amazing on guitar cabs and acoustic instruments.

Name: Telefunken AK47 | Year Introduced: 2005 | Type: Condenser | Pattern: Switchable

Shure SM57

The Telecaster of microphones, everyone has got one because you need to have one (or 6).

The guy just gets the job done on loud sounds. Hands down the most used mic in the history of ever.

Name: Shure SM57 | Year Introduced: 1965 | Type: Dynamic | Pattern: Cardioid