Mojave Audio’s MA-200 Microphones Prove Indispensable in the Production of “Pop & Tacos”

Large diaphragm, vacuum tube condenser microphones excel for capturing drums and more
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From left to right: Jorgen Carlsson and Mini Diaz

From left to right: Jorgen Carlsson and Mini Diaz

Los Angeles, CA… When it comes to capturing drums, percussion, sax, backing vocals and more, a versatile microphone is one of the studio engineer’s most important considerations. For Bassist/Songwriter/Producer/Engineer Jorgen Carlsson, the ability to use the same microphone in a variety of ways streamlines production while helping to contain costs. Such was the case with Carlsson and his partner, Mini Diaz, who collectively wrote, produced and released their album Pop & Tacos.

Carlsson is a Swedish born and raised multi-instrumentalist noted for his work since 2008 as bassist and member of the band Gov’t Mule. In addition to his work with Gov’t Mule, he is also known for his broad musical range through his live/studio bass performances with various artists. Collectively, Carlsson and Diaz are known as the artist “Little Days”. In the Spring of 2019, they released Pop & Tacos, their third record. The project includes several well-known artists, including Warren Haynes, Matt Abts, Steve Ferrone, Mike Campbell and Steve Lukather. Carlsson discussed the project and the use of his two Mojave Audio microphones.

Pop & Tacos can best be described as a retro pop album,” explained Carlsson. “Musically, there are progressive tendencies reminiscent of the English rock band 10CC, along with ABBA, and Pink Floyd. For this project, we used two Mojave MA-200 mics in several different ways. Most notably, we used them as the primary overhead drum mic as part of a Glyn Johns 3-mic setup, which includes 2 mics, one above the snare and rack tom, 2nd one to the side of the floor tom as well as a kick mic, (you can add a few mics for room and snare colors) . With that style of drum overheads setup, you need a mic with full range response. In this regard, the MA-200s sound very good.”

“In addition to capturing drums and percussion,” Carlsson continued, “I’ve also used my MA-200s for backing vocals, saxophone, and acoustic guitar. When coupled with the Quad Eight mp227 mic preamp, they respond incredibly well and make for a really versatile setup.”

For many studio engineers, questions about optimum mic placement and other considerations routinely arise. While there is certainly no substitute for experimentation, the ability to contact the equipment manufacturer and ask questions is invaluable. In this sense, Carlsson rates Mojave Audio’s customer and technical support services best in class. “I’d give Mojave’s support services an A++++ rating,” says Carlsson. “The company is very responsive to its customers and the staff are all musicians who use this type of gear themselves, so they understand what we’re trying to accomplish. Dusty Wakeman has been tremendously supportive.”

Carlsson reports that he’s been working with his Mojave MA-200 microphones for the better part of 10 years and, in that timeframe, they have proved to be an essential part of his studio work style. He summed up his experience with the microphones by noting, “In the past, I would always reach for a pair of Neumann U 67s. These days, I automatically choose the MA-200s because they are truly great sounding mics.”

For additional information about Jorgen Carlsson, go to http://mule.net/band/jorgen-carlsson/ or visit https://www.littledays.net/.

About Mojave Audio

Located in Burbank, California, Mojave Audio is a manufacturer of quality microphones for the recording professional. For information about the entire line of microphone products and related Mojave Audio videos, tutorials, and more, visit the company online at www.mojaveaudio.com.

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