OneMic: Shook Twins

The minimalist recording series by John Cuniberti

Recording engineer John Cuniberti created the OneMic Series with four simple goals in mind. His project aimed at capturing a band in one take, without edits, and without overdubs while sounding as balanced as a conventional multi-track recording– all around a single AEA R88 stereo microphone.

The seventh artist featured in the OneMic Series is Portland band, the Shook Twins. Recorded at The Hollowed Halls in Portland, Oregon, the 5-piece group performs two original songs, “WantLove” and “Never get a Girlfriend”. Arranged around a single R88 powered with a TRP preamp, “WantLove” features lead and backing vocals, acoustic and electric guitar, banjo, electric bass, and drums. “Never get a Girlfriend” features three vocalists, mandolin, electric bass, and drums. The natural reverb of The Hallowed Halls is captured in these beautiful recordings and imparts the recording with its unique dimension and depth.

Watch Shook Twins perform “WantLove”
Watch Shook Twins perform “Never get a Girlfriend”
About OneMic by John Cuniberti

OneMic – the minimalist recording series by John Cuniberti demonstrates that an entire band can be recorded with only one stereo microphone in one take. Each recording session is shot in 4k video on a Sony a7RII by filmmaker Nathaniel Kohfield. What makes this series so different from other live performance videos is that the artist is in complete control of his/her presentation. This means that the sound, balance, dynamics and stereo image is decided upon at the moment of creation, not in post-production. The artist (band) is responsible for the final product. There is no editing of the audio or video. It’s as honest as it can be including imperfections.

This organic presentation isn’t limited to “acoustic” music as seen with live classical and folk music. In this series veteran recording engineer John Cuniberti records bands with electric guitars and drums that would normally require a multi-mic, multi-track approach. This is not the first time this has been done but this technique was quickly forsaken soon after the multi-track tape recorder was invented and with it a loss of a level of musical intimacy. The OneMic series demonstrates the positive aspects of the minimalistic recording process of the 1930s but is captured on modern stereo recording equipment.

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John Cuniberti’s OneMic series: Recording bands with a single mic

Engineer John Cuniberti aims to capture a band in one take, without edits or overdubs, but sound as balanced as a conventional multi-track recording.

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