Producer, recording engineer, and scoring mixer for motion pictures and television Tommy Vicari has chosen microphones from Mojave Audio and its sibling company Royer Labs at the heart of his studio.
Vicari recently worked on a project for the Disneyland Park in Hong Kong and, during those sessions, he became a true fan of the Mojave Audio MA-100 and MA-101fet small condenser microphones. These sessions included seven woodwind instrumentalists playing flute, alto saxophone, oboe, baritone saxophone, clarinet, tenor saxophone, and bassoon; a brass section with four trumpets, four trombones, and four French horns; plus a sizeable string section.
According to Vicari, “I’ve used the Mojave Audio MA-200 and MA-300 condenser mics on woodwinds many times before and have had great success. But the real surprise for me this time around was the performance of the company’s small condenser mics – the MA-100 and MA-101fet. These mics sounded amazing on the brass and woodwinds. The sound of the flutes that we captured with the MA 101fet was just exquisite! Clear, crisp, and fat!”
“We also used the MA-101fet on the celli while the violins and violas were captured using the MA-100’s,” Vicari added. “Here too, the MA-101fet was amazing on the celli. For the violins and violas, we close miked those instruments using the MA-100’s and it was just incredible. This was the first time I used these mics, and I could not have been more pleased! They sounded clear and smooth with absolutely no harshness whatsoever – and this was done in a very small room. With the right pre amp, there’s no need to EQ anything!”