BRIAN TARQUIN

Emmy-Winning Composer, Guitarist, Recording Engineer

I’m a longtime sE mic user. I first started using the sE R1 & RT1-Ribbon Tube Microphone when they came out along with the Reflexion Filter years ago.

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sE ribbon mics are fantastic on electric guitar amps, capturing really smooth overtones. I just produced a release for Cleopatra Records entitled ‘Smooth Jazz Café’ and used the VR1 on all of the guitar and horn melodies/solos. The way it sounds in the room is what you get on tape – no mushy, foggy-sounding tracks. The Voodoo reveals the real tone from fingers to guitar to amp to final mix!

  • "I prefer a VR1 ribbon mic for guitars and highly recommend tracking through a good pre amp, especially if you are recording into the coldness of digital."

    — Brian Tarquin (Emmy-Winning Composer, Recording & Mixing Engineer, Guitarist)
  • "Make sure you play back the guitar tone you are recording before dedicating it to the song. Always try to find that sweet spot on the amp speaker."

    — Brian Tarquin (Emmy-Winning Composer, Recording & Mixing Engineer, Guitarist)
  • "To find the sweet spot, you may have to move the mic around a few times...EQ is one of those things that can be overused during mix-down. Read my book for more, 'Recording Techniques of the Guitar Masters.'"

    — Brian Tarquin (Emmy-Winning Composer, Recording & Mixing Engineer, Guitarist)
  • "The way a VR1 sounds in the room is what you get on tape - no mushy, foggy-sounding tracks. The Voodoo reveals the real tone from fingers to guitar to amp to final mix."

    — Brian Tarquin (Emmy-Winning Composer, Recording & Mixing Engineer, Guitarist)