Las Vegas, NV (April 11, 2006)–Playing guitar in Moby’s band does have its rewards, according to Daron Murphy, who has been on tour for the better part of the last year helping promote the artist’s latest album, Hotel. Murphy gets to tour with his wife, Laura Dawn, who’s vocals appear on Hotel, as well. The two are members of glam rock band, Rene Risque and the Art Lovers, which is what got Moby’s attention.
Daron Murphy with his Soundelux ifet7The connection with Moby has also helped Murphy develop a second career as a composer for advertising. Murphy recently completed a spot for the Manhattan music house, Human.
“Moby really revolutionized the way alternative recording artists thought about the way their work is used,” said Murphy. “His album Play sold about ten million copies. As some people know, he also licensed all of the tracks on the album for commercial usage, as well as most, if not all, of the tracks on “18” which sold around 3 million copies. And he made a ton of money. Suddenly, instead of deriding the idea of selling out, alternative musicians viewed spots not only as a way to generate income, but also as another way to break their music.”
While on tour in Santiago, Chile, Moby decided that he liked the way his band was treating some of his most popular material and immediately took them into a studio to track these songs for release on his next project, a greatest hits album. While in the studio Murphy was taken with the sound of the Neumann U87 that both Moby and Laura were recording with. He’d already decided to build his own project studio when he returned home to Brooklyn, and was on the look out for an all-purpose microphone.
“I wanted to build my project studio up slowly, and my philosophy is that it’s often a good idea to find a small company that makes equipment by hand and with love,” he shared. “I liked the U87 but it was out of my price range, and then I heard about the Soundelux ifet7. I checked it out and immediately purchased one from Vintage King Audio. It’s great.
“I like the fact that the ifet7 has a switch that allows you to change modes. To tell you the truth, I’m not a real tech head. I come from more of an indie-rock background, so I’m not really sure about what the switch does. I do know that one setting is great on vocals and the other helps me get excellent guitar and drum tracks into Logic 7, my digital sequencer. A friend came over the other day and we recorded him playing upright bass and the ifet7 did a great job on him.”
Murphy also owns a Universal Audio LA2A compressor. “The chain works extremely well when I feed the ifet7 into the LA2A, and output the signal into my souped up Mac G5 through a MOTU Traveler interface. I use Logic 7, and I just pull up the ifet7 on a fader and the sound I’m looking for is there.”
The ifet7 is designed to reproduce the performance of the 47fet and 87fet microphones with modern day improvements and features at the price of $2,100. The ifet7 is a phantom-powered FET condenser microphone with two sets of completely different sounding internal electronics. With the click of the “Vocal/Instrument” switch, engineers can go from the 47 (I mode) to the 87 (V mode) and back again. The ifet7 “I mode” incorporates the standard features of the vintage 47fet, retaining its essential hi-SPL input characteristics and unique instrument applications. The ifet7 “V mode” captures the sound and features of the vintage 87fet.
Murphy added, “Moby will be singing into the ifet7 as well. I’m writing material for an album of my own, even though I don’t have a label yet, and Moby (who lives in downtown Manhattan) has graciously agreed to appear on it.”
Soundelux Microphones are distributed by TransAudio Group, which carries product lines including A Designs (USA), ADT Audio (Germany), ATC (U.K), Brauner (Germany), Daking (USA), Drawmer (UK), Enhanced Audio (Ireland), George Massenburg Labs (USA), Heil Sound (USA), Pauly (Germany), Sabra Som (Brazil), SoundField (UK) and Weiss Engineering (Switzerland).