Friday, January 08, 2010

Sound On Sound Horizon Tube Microphone Review

Our first review in Sound on Sound magazine is available for download. I personally don't know Hugh Robjohns, but from what I hear he's typically not a "sugar coat" things type of guy. I hope to meet him this year at NAMM.

Here's a small excerpt from the review.

"The Horizon definitely sounds far more expensive than it really is, with that typically rich, but still very musical character that most would associate with traditional quality valve mics like the AKG C12 or Telefunken 251 — and the fact that I’m even comparing the Horizon to mics of that calibre says a lot." Hugh Robjohns

Producer Marque “Keybeeetsss” Walker chooses Lauten’s Oceanus and receives two Grammy nominations

Oceanus wows Walker and becomes his new go-to vocal microphone

San Jose, CA, January 6th, 2009 - Producer and engineer Marque “Keybeeetsss” Walker took Lauten Audio’s flagship studio vocal microphone the Oceanus to new heights, receiving two 52nd Grammy nominations for his work in the Gospel genres. Sheri Jones-Moffetts “Renewed” and Vickie Winans “How I Got Over,” both produced by Walker, received Grammy nominations for Best Contemporary R&B Gospel album and Best Traditional Gospel album respectively. Walker chose the Oceanus for lead and backing vocals on both albums.

“I remember being floored the first time I put up the Oceanus on Sheri Jones-Moffett; she also mentioned how impressed she was. The tone I was getting from the mic just made me go wow and the more I used it there more it became my favorite vocal mic,” says Walker. In addition to its Grammy nomination, Sheri Jones-Moffett’s album debuted #6 on Billboards Gospel Chart’s.

“On the Vickie Winans record, I recorded a group of five singers placed around the Oceanus in omni-directional mode. I couldn’t believe how great they sounded. When I sent the straight track to Vickie; with no processing, she was in awe," continues Walker. Since its release, “How I Got Over” peaked at #1 on Billboards Gospel Chart’s and still sits in the top 20. Winans has also been nominated in nine Stellar Award categories.

Born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, Walker started playing instruments at the age of three and recorded his first CD as a musician at the age of 15, joining the music business professionally at the age of 20. Since then, Walker has worked in various capacities with a plethora of Rap, R&B and Gospel artists such as Brian McKnight, Toni Braxton, Ice Cube, Too Short, BeyoncĂ©, Isaac Hayes and more recently Debbie Usher, Joey Sabin, Jay-Z, Jaiden and many more. Prior to his Grammy nominated albums, Mr. Walker was nominated for a 2007 “Producer of The Year” Dove Award.

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Mitch Phillips - Voice artist on the Lauten Clarion

Mitch Phillips serves the voiceover needs of clients around the world from his custom built ISDN voice studio in beautiful Coral Springs, Florida. Here's the unedited version of what Mitch had to say about his Lauten Audio Clarion microphone.

"I like the core sound of the mic more than many I have tried. By core I mean that the Clarion seems to sound consistantly good on my voice no matter what preamp or settings I use. I like not having to play with settings all day. The Clarion allows me to pretty much plug and play and talk.

In my over 20 years of voice work, few mics really match up well with my voice (again - my ears). I like a certain throat and chest element along with some air and the Clarion does that for me without over emphasizing the upper range like most mics (in this price point do).

Good work. I am impressed! "

In addition to being a voice artist, Mitch recently launched his own radio show Mitch Phillips Live!