Pictured in Studio B at Ocean Way Nashville are Ricky Skaggs’ bass player Mark Fain and engineer Bil VornDick, adjusting the Telefunken | USA Ela M260. Photo by Jim McGuire.Nashville, TN (May 8, 2008)–After extensive testing, engineer/producer Bil VornDick has purchased a pair of Telefunken | USA’s small capsule Ela M260 condenser microphones. This new version of the classic 1959 microphone features a New Old Stock Telefunken EF-732 tube and a custom wound transformer from AMI/TAB-Funkenwerk.
“When I was recording Rodney Crowell’s acoustic guitar,” recalls VornDick. “I was getting a bright and slightly harsh sound from other mics, so I tried the new Telefunken with a cardioid capsule and it worked great the first time out of the box.”
The Ela M260 comes with a set of three interchangeable capsules (cardioid, hyper-cardioid and omni) as well as an adaptor to allow the use of most AKG CK series capsules along with other capsules made by Red/B.L.U.E. and JZ/Violet.
“Next up, I was recording Charlie Haden’s standup bass in a room with Jerry Douglas, Brian Sutton, Bela Fleck, Pat Metheny, and Bruce Hornsby,” VornDick continues. “I switched to the hyper-cardioid capsule and put the mic near the top side of his bass because I wanted to target his sound and minimize leakage from the piano and other instruments in the room. An engineer’s hardest battle is making the musicians feel on playback that the instrument sounds like it did when they were playing. Charlie listened back and wanted to take the microphone home with him, so I scored a home run with him.”
VornDick is a graduate of Nashville’s Belmont College with a degree in Music Business. In a career spanning three decades, he has recorded over 500 albums, with 45 Grammy nominations and eight winners. His long discography includes Bob Dylan, Ralph Stanley, Rhonda Vincent, John Oates, T. Bone Burnett, and, among scores of other top artists, Alison Krauss, whose career he developed and whose albums he produced as well as engineered.
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