Nashville, TN (May 24, 2006)–Contemporary Christian singer/songwriter Kathy Troccoli teamed up in the studio with Nashville-based engineer, Lynn Fuston, for her latest album. Fuston introduced Troccoli to the Soundelux ELUX 251 microphone, which was able to deliver the vocal sound that Troccoli had always wanted to hear, but was missing, until now.
Lynn Fuston “She had never been totally happy with the vocal sound on her records, going back for 15 albums,” said Fuston from his studio, 3D Audio, Inc. “After we completed the shootout for this album, Kathy absolutely loved the sound of the ELUX 251. With this mic, she just sounds incredible, like she’s singing right into your ear. It’s the sound her friends and family have heard before, but it wasn’t on her records.”
The production of Troccoli’s new album, Glory of Love, is the latest phase in a new course for the singer that has replaced the heavily produced style of her earlier works with smaller, more acoustic ensembles and sonic environments. With several songs consisting solely of vocals and piano, and maybe an acoustic guitar and cello, Fuston knew that Troccoli’s voice, which he has been recording on and off since producing her first raw demos 25 years ago, would be front and center more than ever before. “For this album, we decided her voice would be in the spotlight, instead of the studio production,” notes Fuston.
The engineer prepared for the recording sessions by planning an intensive vocal mic/preamp shootout, and made sure that the ELUX 251, with its recreation of the legendary Telefunken ELA M251, would be one of the mics Troccoli tried. “I’ve used the ELUX 251 on a lot of vocalists in the past, and it wins out 90 percent of the time, which is an unusually high success ratio,” said Fuston. “It’s the first mic I’ve found that I can put up in front of a vocalist and not worry whether there is something else in the room that will sound better. Kathy wanted a clear and satiny top-end that would also pick up the depth and richness in her voice. The ELUX 251 gave her exactly what she wanted to hear. I paired it with a Buzz Audio MA2 mic pre and there was absolutely nothing lacking at all.”
Designed for mid-range focus with a strong bottom and airy, unabrasive top-end, the ELUX 251 brings out the most intimate, natural details of male and female vocals, thanks to features such as a true transformer balanced output, and NOS dual triode with traditional resistive (not transistor) load and enhanced original circuitry, for a unique vintage amplification curve and dynamics response. “It’s patterned after a classic microphone, but vintage Telefunkens routinely go for $20,000, whereas the ELUX 251 comes in way below that,” Fuston noted. “We definitely accomplished a new milestone using the ELUX 251 on this album. Listeners are saying, ‘I never heard her voice sound like that before.'”
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