Santa Monica, CA (October 5, 2005)–With Flyte Tyme’s new five-room music production facility in Santa Monica only a few months from completion, producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis have purchased two additional Brauner VM1 Klaus Heyne Edition (KHE) vocal microphones. The new pair of Brauner mics, plus a third VM1 KHE that has been in constant use over the last two years with artists such as Usher and Janet Jackson, will be the primary vocal microphone in each of the three vocal booths at Flyte Tyme’s new West Coast headquarters.
According to Flyte Tyme staff engineer Matt Marrin, the production duo have used the Brauner VM1-KHE with virtually every artist they have worked with since being introduced to it two years ago by Brad Lunde, president of Las Vegas Pro Audio, the U.S. distributor for Brauner. “We were looking for a decent, all-round vocal mic that could handle a lot of level and be pretty versatile and sound really good,” explained Marrin.
“Brad sent one over,” he recalled. “We were working on an Usher session. We tried it on him and he loved it, so we bought it. Then we used it on several of the cuts.” That project was released as Confessions, Usher’s multi-platinum and multiple award-winning 2004 album release, which also spawned a string of hit singles.
Ian Cross (left) and Matt Marrin staff engineers at Flyte Tyme Studios keep their three Brauner VM1 Klaus Heyne Edition mics in constant use with high profile artists.At the new studio complex, Marrin continued, “We want things to be as standard as possible, because we have so many projects that we work on at the same time. So we try to keep the signal chain pretty much the same. We’re going to have three vocal booths, and we need to have them set up so that they’re always ready to go. We’ll have some other mics available, but the Brauners are going to be our go-to mics.” Jam and Lewis will each have a vocal booth associated with their production rooms, with a third vocal booth shared by the other three control rooms.
For the last four years, Marrin and another key engineer, Ian Cross, along with Jam and Lewis have been recording in a multi-room facility at The Village Recorders in West Los Angeles. “We’re using a Brauner on Janet’s new record. I just used them with Celine Dion as room mics on the strings. She’s recorded ‘Dance With My Father’ for the Luther Vandross tribute album. We also used a Brauner on Mary J. Blige for that album.” The production team also used the Brauner vocal mic on a number of singles currently enjoying chart success, including Earth Wind & Fire’s “Pure Gold,” Gwen Stefani’s “Harajuku Girls” and Jessica Simpson’s “These Boots Are Made For Walkin’.”
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