‘Ravi Shankar'

Neumann KM56

On 26 September 1961, nearly a year before The Beatles first stepped foot in Abbey Road, the Neumann KM56 was used to record Indian classical musician Ravi Shankar’s sitar in Studio Three.

Part of Neumann’s 1953 series of small-diaphragm miniatures, the KM56 is an omni/cardioid/figure-of-eight microphone most often used on acoustic instruments in the Studios.

It can be traced back to a range of orchestral recordings at Abbey Road, capturing individual instruments like big band star Joe Loss’ trumpets or serving as the main orchestra stereo pair for greats such as Sir Malcolm Sergeant and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Available Formats:

60” x 40” – 152 x 101cm
Edition of 50
with 3 artist’s proofs.

80” x 60” – 203 x 152cm
Edition of 25
with 3 artist’s proofs.

+ Each print is individually numbered and hand signed by Rick Guest.

+ Shipped in a dent-resistant tube.

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Ravi Shankar
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