Famed audio engineer Steve Albini has been working on world-class records his whole life, but Nirvana’s In Utero would easily rank amongst his most famous.
Museum owner? Rare collector? Super-rich grunge enthusiast? A very fancy piece of memorabilia has hit the market; three microphones used to record In Utero.
Until now, the three microphones have been part of Albini’s personal collection, living out of use at his own Electrical Audio. The original In Utero recordings took place at Pachyderm Studios in 1993.
The sale will include two separate auctions: one for a stereo pair of Lomo 19A9 tube condensers and one for an Electro-Voice PL20.
The 19A9s were were used as overheads on Dave Grohl’s drum kit, while the PL20 and one of the 19A9s were used to record Kurt Cobain’s vocals.
See below for Albini’s own breakdown:
And here are the beauties themselves: