Following an astronomical rise to fame in his native UK, Ed Sheeran is rapidly conquering the USA. His debut album, '+' went top of the iTunes charts in the USA, with concerts at venues countrywide selling out.
The album was recorded by Jake Gosling (Wiley, Wretch 32, Mark Ronson) and Guy Massey (Beatles Remasters, The Coral, Manic Street Preachers), who both relied heavily on Focusrite equipment in the production process. Jake Gosling, album producer, explains, "I have a Focusrite Saffire interface in the studio, and I've used it on every track on the album. I'm not a really techy person, so I normally just go with what sounds good, and the Focusrite sound totally works for me. I was really happy with the recordings we got, they were just really clean and transparent, which is important for Ed's sound. The best thing was that Abbey Road loved it; they said it was one of the best mixes they’ve heard in a while."
GRAMMY and MPG award winner Guy Massey, whose coup de grâce was remastering The Beatles in 2009, recorded two tracks on Ed’s album. "One track was guitar and vocal and the other was piano and vocal — it was all live. I used a ribbon mic and the Focusrite ISA 430 MkII. Both songs are just very pure recordings really, and when we came to tracking we had a few preamps to choose from, but I just chose the ISA 430 MkII because you can just dial things in so quickly. It’s very intuitive in its layout and I always find it very easy to get a great sound, whether it be a clean and pure vocal or slamming drum destruction.
"I've been using a 430 for around five years, and always found it to be a great workhorse. I love the clarity it provides when needed and also it's versatility, which allows you to mangle sounds quickly due to its great ergonomics."
Commenting on his album around the time of its UK release last year, Ed Sheeran added, "Jake and Guy captured everything I wanted to capture. The album sounds exactly how I wanted it, so thanks Focusrite!" Check out www.edsheeran.com for his latest tour and release news.
See Ed Sheeran performing "The A Team" live. Look out for Focusrite's ISA One: