Live Sound Archive Recording Engineer

Ryan Pickett, FOH and live performance archive recording engineer for the band My Morning Jacket since 2003

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Ryan uses VR1 and VR2 ribbons on guitars and drums, as well as guitaRF Reflexion Filters on guitar, bass, and keyboard amps.

  • “I initially chose the VR ribbon mics for their size and price point,” reports Pickett. “I love the added air at the top end of the VRs; they deliver more high-end than traditional ribbons. The drum sounds have become very open and natural, and cymbals no longer hurt. I also find myself using less EQ on the overhead channel strip,” he says. “And the VRs are also low profile enough to allow me to get the right proximity without blocking the audience or drummer’s sight lines.”

    — Ryan Pickett (Live Sound Archive Recording Engineer)
  • “The sE microphones are very robust. That's what really sets them apart from other ribbons. I’ve had other ribbon mics that were too delicate to take on the road, but I've had no problems with the VR ribbons. I really like the idea of being able to use studio mics in the live realm without having to worry about ribbon failure.”

    — Ryan Pickett (Live Sound Archive Recording Engineer)
  • "Pickett was previously using several sE IRF2 Instrument Reflexion Filters on tour in order to control bleed between instruments on-stage, customizing the hardware on the filter screens so that they can be used with z-bars on the backline cabinets."

    — Ryan Pickett (Live Sound Archive Recording Engineer)