In 2015, they opened a small studio in Manhattan to capture intimate acoustic performances on video from artists coming through New York City. Most of these performances are captured with a single microphone – the sE Gemini II – which serves both as the studio’s visual centerpiece and as their flagship vocal microphone. The walls surrounding the solitary Gemini II are lined with master tapes of past Wolfgang’s Vault & Concert Vault sessions.
Paste Magazine’s music operation recently moved from its previous Midtown Manhattan location into the nearby Manhattan Center, home to the Hammerstein Ballroom. The new location allows Paste to make use of various production spaces, including two large television studios and a state-of-the-art recording studio called The Cabin, featuring a vintage analog Neve VR console.
Paste also has its own offices and studio in the building, which houses its massive live-concert archive of vintage tapes, all of which have been digitized and mastered, and are available for free streaming on PasteMagazine.com.
"The Gemini II is both the beauty and the beast. It demands attention, both visually in the studio, and aurally in the mix. With its clarity and detail, it's an easy go-to choice for vocals and much more."
— Bob Mallory (Chief Engineer, Paste Magazine)
"The thing that, in a way surprises (and also doesn't surprise) me is how much gravity the Gemini has sitting atop the mic stand. People are pulled in towards it as they step into the studio; everyone stares at it, everyone asks about it. Before anyone's even heard it, they're psyched to sing into it. It has an allure, an appeal. Makes my job easier! Can't beat that."