My first professional work was as a singer. As a singer, I needed quality recordings of my voice. Sometimes, I'd get a nice recording from one of my shows. But, otherwise, I was left to my own devices (literally). So, one day, I decided to buy an inexpensive microphone. I figured - I'm a good singer, so any recording I make of my singing will also sound good ... right?
Wrong. My first recordings sounded pretty awful. I remember thinking: Am I really that bad? Why does it sound so harsh? What's all the extra noise? Is the microphone broken? Why don't I sound like I think I do? Is it time to quit singing and move back in with my parents? What is going on?! As it turns out, making beautiful recordings is an art in itself. The frustration I experienced, then, is what many other artists still experience, today.
Recording technique and skill are ultimately the most important factors for the success of any project. But, money matters, too. Tracking in your noisy bedroom with a $60 microphone from Amazon plugged directly into a laptop is not going yield the same results as a $3,300 mic plugged into equally-priced preamps, compressors, EQ devices and analog-digital converters, in a treated recording space, with professional post-production . If it could, recording studios would have stopped spending money on these things years ago. They haven't. Nevertheless, you don't have to spend an arm and a leg or become a full-time audio engineer to enjoy great recordings of your own work.
Since those early catastrophes, I've learned many successful recording techniques and built a versatile studio capable of capturing a wide range of performance styles in pristine quality. What's more, I've custom built some of the finest sounding equipment available - soldering them together with my own hands (and a 700 degree soldering iron...). My microphones emulate the vintage sound profiles from the most revered names in recording history, including: Neumann, AKG, Telefunken, Schoeps. These time-tested profiles are carefully paired with the most robust modern circuit designs available, including preamp profiles made famous by Rupert Neve, API, Millennia, John Hardy and others. They are built, tested, rebuilt, retested, rebuilt again, and retested again and again until they sound just right.
Because of this commitment to excellence and obsession with equipment design, I was asked by Matt McGlynn, curator of RecordingHacks.com, the largest microphone internet database in existence, to represent his two companies - Roswell Pro Audio and Micparts at the 2016 AES Annual Convention.