Kenosha, WI (October 4, 2010)–Benjamin Judah Kasica, guitarist with Christian rock band Skillet, has made the Mojave Audio MA-200 mic part of his recording projects.
Skillet’s recent track record includes three top 40 singles on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock charts, plus a pair of BMI Songwriting Awards. In addition to the heavy demands that touring places on his schedule, guitarist Benjamin Judah Kasica also manages to operate a busy recording studio, Skies Fall Studios, that is directly involved in projects for Skillet as well as those of other acts. Kasica, who has been engineering for about seven years, helped engineer the live iTunes exclusive, “Skillet – iTunes Sessions,” and a few songs on Skillet’s forthcoming re-mix EP for Atlantic Records. He also worked on a string tribute record to be released under a different band name on Skies Fall Records.
“When recording vocals, I like to bring out the high end, airy/raspy quality of the vocalist,” says Kasica. “Some vocalists naturally have this character, while with others, you coax it out with some EQ and the right preamp. Before using the MA-200, I frequently added EQ in the 8 – 15 kHz range, but always had to be very careful not to add too much brightness. With the MA-200, this is much less of a challenge. The mic has a very nice quality in the 10 – 15 kHz range that really helps draw the upper range vocal character into focus. I find that with fairly close, on-axis positioning of the mic, I get a full-bodied quality–without any ‘boominess’–that has just the right amount of high end.”
In addition, he says, “I’ve had great success using the mic on both acoustic guitar and cello. I’ve had a very positive experience with my MA-200 and, as a result, I’m about to buy a second one so I can use them as a stereo pair.”