South Windsor, CT (January 29, 2021)—Independent hip-hop and R&B producer Paul “Willie Green” Womack recently returned from filming a video at Telefunken’s headquarters and has also been putting his new Telefunken TF11 microphone through its paces at his Brooklyn recording studio.
Green was at Telefunken’s headquarters in Connecticut to produce and film 30 minutes in the company’s recording studio and sound stage for the 2021 NAMM Believe in Music Week: “By visiting their manufacturing center, I could see firsthand how their mics are put together so meticulously.”
Green, whose production credits include Wiz Khalifa, Donnie McClurkin, The Roots, Billy Woods, Elucid and others, continues, “My first impression is that the new TF11 sounds very polished, and it sounds like a modern microphone. Telefunken has such a long history of so many great mics, but this one has a progressive, refined sound, which is what I was looking for, especially for the hip-hop and R&B I do.
“The top end is bright and not hyped, and it’s open and airy, the way you want, especially for modern R&B. You want that top end on there, but for things I would usually do for an R&B or a pop record, like boosting EQ to brighten it up — I don’t need to do that with the TF11. It just sounds that way right out of the box, which makes the whole process easier for tracking, and then of course, all the way through mixing. I’m having to work less to get the right sound.”
Womack investigated the lower frequency response of the TF11, he says. “When you work with some of these mics that have all of that bottom in there, I wind up trying to clear out some of that low end and low mid, especially if I’m doing a pop thing and I’m stacking a lot of vocals. If I want to warm it up, that’s what a tube pre-amp or a tube compressor would be for. This TF11 has a nice, full low end, but without so much that when I’m stacking vocals, it starts to bloom too much. It really is nice and balanced down there.”
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