Burbank, CA (July 12, 2005)–Mojave Audio, a new company founded by David Royer has introduced the MA-200, a tube condenser microphone. Known primarily for David Royer’s custom microphone modifications and do-it-yourself tube microphone kits, Mojave Audio is now moving away from kits and focusing its efforts on fully assembled products. The MA-200 represents the company’s first large-scale production effort.
Evolving from David Royer’s 20-plus years as a designer of custom microphones, the MA-200 is said to provide full-bodied reproductions of vocals and instruments without the shrillness and high frequency artifacts so often encountered with modern condenser microphones. Using hand-selected 3-micron capsules, Jensen audio transformers, and military grade JAN 5840 vacuum tubes, the MA-200 was designed with an eye on the performance characteristics of some of the best-loved classic microphones, but priced under $1,000.
The Mojave Audio MA-200 utilizes a 1-inch (diameter) gold sputtered capsule in conjunction with a specially designed American transformer and a military grade JAN 5840 vacuum tube. With its cardioid polar pattern, the MA-200 makes an outstanding choice for vocals, voice over, piano, acoustic instruments, drum overheads, orchestra, spot miking, and related applications. Further, the MA-200 employs a balanced transformer output. The microphone ships with a carrying case, power supply, shock mount, and cables.
“The MA-200 represents exceptional performance at a very competitive price point,” says John Jennings, Mojave Audio’s VP of sales and marketing. “With its ability to accurately capture the most subtle performance nuances, the MA-200 is well suited to a wide range of recording applications. It’s a perfect piece for upper mid-level project and professional recording studio environments.”
David Royer actually started Mojave Audio in 1985 in his Fullerton, CA garage-building custom microphones and fine-tuning circuits and capsule designs. This labor of love continues to the present. His various self-built microphones, mic preamps, and compressors are in the hands of a number of prominent LA-based producers and engineers. For the past few years, the company offered do-it-yourself tube microphone kits. With the introduction of the MA-200, the company is refocusing its efforts.
According to John Jennings, director of sales and marketing for Mojave Audio, “Aside from Royer Labs, David Royer has been building and modifying professional audio equipment for over 20 years. Opening Mojave Audio as an outlet for his non-ribbon related work is a dream come true for David and a natural outgrowth of his abilities. While David continues as chief engineer of Royer Labs [the company that bears his name], it’s important to note the two companies are entirely independent of one another. Mojave Audio gives David the opportunity to branch out by providing a platform where he can work on and release his non-ribbon ideas.”
In addition to Royer and Jennings, the third principal partner in the new company is Rick Perotta, who serves as president. Perotta brings a wealth of manufacturing know-how to Mojave Audio as a result of his efforts with both Matchless Guitar Amplifiers and Royer Labs. In the future, Mojave Audio will release a variety of microphones and other products, several of which are currently in the prototype stage.