Close – A pair of vintage German valve microphones. These beautiful microphones that have been in the Abbey Road collection since the early 1960s were placed in front of the sound board for a full, rich spread.
Room – The warm acoustics of Abbey Road Studio Two were captured using a spaced pair of omni mics. These detailed and well balanced microphones are ideal for a natural sounding pick up of ambient spaces.
Vintage – The classic sixties Abbey Road recording chain. Now extremely rare, the D19 microphone was placed above the strings in the middle of the piano and recorded using an all valve tape machine.
WHAT IS MRS MILLS PIANO?
This beloved Steinway vertegrand was expertly recorded at its legendary home: Abbey Road, Studio Two. Full of character and nostalgic charm with a distinctly bright, metallic tone, owing to its lacquered hammers. Features prominently in The Beatles tracks Penny Lane and With A Little Help From My Friends. Still in use today, the piano has featured on countless records and film scores, but has been affectionately known for decades by Abbey Road engineers and artists as the ‘Mrs Mills Piano’, in homage to British pianist Gladys Mills, the majority of whose popular music hall, singalong-style records were recorded on this piano throughout the 1960s and ‘70s.
HOW IT WORKS