Stephensville, MD (March 1, 2004)–Guitar maker Paul Reed Smith recently put together a new recording studio, Riverhouse, and purchased the Brauner VM1 tube mic and the Soundelux 195 for use at the new facility. Riverhouse Studio was built specifically to produce Smith’s new CD with top-end equipment requiring very little EQ.
On the Brauner VM, Smith commented, “It’s the best all-round mic I’ve ever heard–period. You can use it on anything and it will sound musical. Our constant question about a track is how musical does it sound? The Brauner sounds musical on just about anything that you put it on, and it needs very little EQ. It’s exceptionally versatile with extraordinary performance on acoustic guitars, drum overheads, hi-hats, electric guitars and vocals.”
The Soundelux 195 rounds out Smith’s large condenser mic contingent. “We used the Brauner the other day on a live session while the musicians were writing a song,” shared Smith. “There was a drummer playing on a chair, a bass player playing through a Marshall 50 amp, a vocalist who was playing a small acoustic guitar and the track sounds like a CD. The bass sounded like an upright. The chair sounded like a good percussion instrument. The vocal sounded beautiful. The acoustic guitar sounded like magic.”
Record producer Shane Koss, who like most of the audio equipment at Riverhouse, was recommended by Greg Lukens at Washington Professional Systems, revealed that Smith has fine-tuned all the gear to ensure the best possible performance. “We tweaked the Apogee converters and some APIs so there was a lot of attention paid to all the different elements,” Koss shared, adding that there’s no need to tweak the Brauner or the Soundelux. “They’re so real,” he offered. “I had the Brauner off-axis on bass through a guitar amp and it produced one of the best bass sounds I’ve ever had. These products represent something of a step forward in microphone technology.”
Brauner and Soundelux mics are distributed by Las Vegas-based Transamerica Audio Group, founded by industry veteran Brad Lunde.
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