The Avett Brothers' Vocal Microphone and Recording Chain: Studio Gear and Equipment


What Vocal Mics Do The Avett Brothers Use to Record?

Imagine being Rick Rubin.  "Should I use the U47 that John Lennon sniffled in? How about the U67 that Simon and Garfunkel sweetly harmonized through? Nah...I'll go with this SM7B."

Okay, maybe Rick Rubin doesn't own these exact mics, but the iconic producer of 3 Avett Bros records (and counting) probably has a nifty mic collection.  Yet, when it comes time to grab a vocal mic, Rick -- or someone in his camp -- often chooses the Shure SM7b.

Engineer Ryan Hewitt told Mix Online, he used a Shure SM7 on Seth Avett and an Electro-Voice RE20 on Scott when recording vocals for The Carpenter.  Sure, a Neumann U47 was also used, but mostly for overdubs.

The Avett Brothers Studio Equipment and Gear

The Avett Brothers have a nice, up-front vocal sound. This is sometimes thanks, in part, to the full-bodied Neve 1073 preamp and a blackface 1176 compressor.

In the Avett Brothers' documentary, May It Last: A Portrait Of The Avett Brothers, we also see the bros dipping into more expensive microphones. During the "No Hard Feelings" recording session, Neumann mics are everywhere and on everything. U67 and/or U87s, and an M49 even makes an appearance.

Rick Rubin sways to the music, while a rack of vintage 1176s and LA-2As and LA-3As peak over his shoulder.

If you are addicted to gear, like we all are, you probably want the shiny stuff. If, however, you just want the clear, forward sound you hear on your favorite Avett songs, a Shure Sm7b microphone into a Neve 1073 preamp into an 1176 compressor will get you there.

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