The Wailin’ Jennys

Vocal/Instrumental Group – SF-24
Vocals – SF-24
Acoustic Guitar – SF-24
Bodhran – R-122

Engineers: Steve Barker and Peter Cutler
Recorded live at the studios of the FolkScene radio show.

These three exceptional recordings were made during a live performance for radio broadcast on FolkScene in Los Angeles.

While listening to The Wailin’ Jennys rehearsing, the engineers decided that the best performance would come from letting the group play live with no headphones, essentially mixing themselves in the process. One SF-24 stereo ribbon microphone was placed in the center of the room. Two singers were positioned left and right of the front side of the mic at a distance of 24-inches, and the third singer was positioned at the center of the back side of the mic at a distance of 18-inches. An R-122 was added to the Bodhran in “Saucy Sailor.”

An excellent stereo image was created by the left-center-right positioning of the musicians. No panning, mixing, or overdubs were done.

Recording chain: SF-24 and R-122 into VacRack tube preamps, to two VacRack limiters (3 dB limiting), to Mackie 1604 VLV Pro mixer. 1.5 dB of the Mackie’s high end EQ was added, the Mackie’s 75 Hz high pass filter was engaged, and some Lexicon reverb was added. The Mackie outputs were fed to the analog inputs of an HHB CD recorder.

1) “Saucy Sailor” (Traditional)


2) “Ten Mile Stilts” (Nicky Mehta)


3) “One Voice” (Ruth Moody)

Posted in Acoustic Guitar, Percussion, Peter Cutler, R-122, SF-24, Steve Barker, The Wailin' jennys, Vocals.