Long Island, NY (May 19, 2010)--A Bock 195 FET large diaphragm condenser has joined the mic collection at House Recording Studios on Long Island.
Owner and chief engineer Marc Bauman was looking to add a FET microphone to what was already a comprehensive array of 'must-haves.' "I was looking for something that excelled, but that didn't push beyond the $1K range," he said. "I searched the internet and quickly found that there was insane hype for the Bock 195 on all the message boards. People were saying it was a great 'all arounder,' which is what I was hoping for. I heard some sound bites and was pretty sure this was the mic I was looking for."
He took a modest plunge and made the purchase without so much as a demo. Bauman has since used it for nearly every genre of music that can be named, from punk rock to acoustic reggae, and on every instrument in a modern arrangement, from lead vocals to woodwind.
EMI recording artist Bobbie Terzi used the Bock 195 to capture the silky texture of her pop-reggae vocals. "Her vocals came out so crisp, so detailed, so articulate," stated enthused Bauman. "She has great mic technique, which of course is critical, but the mic also went a long way toward taming any hints of sibilance. Because she was close to the mic and because it is cardioid, there was a noticeable proximity effect. But it wasn't at all boomy. In fact, it just made her voice sound warmer."
Bauman obtained similarly satisfying results with vastly different vocalists, including punk rockers Dirty Slot Machine and hip-hop artist REK.
The Bock 195 also serves as a room mic whenever it hasn't been enlisted as a close-mic. "Room tones for drums or anything else sound fantastic with the Bock," he said. "I just dial that signal in during mix-down and the whole recording takes on a sense of place that's remarkable."