Two From The Top

Michael C. Ross got his start in the mid-’80s as an assistant engineer at Ocean Way Recording Studios, but like many engineers, he started out as a musician and then shifted his attention to working behind the console. His credits include Christina Aguilera, Mya, JC Chasez, Counting Crows, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Lit, Ry Cooder, Barry White, and the Dixie Chicks, among many, many others.
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“I have learned how to do stereo and surround mixes at the same time, when the budget doesn’t allow for them to be done separately. When I know a project I am doing will be eventually mixed in surround, I record as much as I can off axis, or use as many room mics as I can, so the extra depth you can get in surround doesn’t have to be manufactured with effects.”



“I have always loved the old classic tube microphones. I recently purchased a newly made Telefunken Ela M251 that I love. It has a great sound, and it is very reliable. I don’t have to worry about how many times it has been dropped. And, if something does happen to it, I can get it repaired, because it is still made. I also love the Royer 121 and 122 ribbon mics. They sound great on almost anything, and can handle level amazingly well.”