Composer Leo-Z captures piano for his first solo album with Telefunken mics.

Hollywood, CA (June 26, 2018)—For his debut solo album, Materia Prima, composer and pianist Leo-Z recorded various models of Steinway grand pianos with his Telefunken ELA M 260 Stereo Set of small diaphragm condenser microphones.

“These microphones bring an airiness and transparency to the way we capture sound,” says Leo-Z, “especially for this type of impressionistic, acoustic, intimate type of music.”

Recording engineer Mike Tacci adds, “It's a tube mic, so the dynamic range is very sensitive. They work great with string instruments because they capture a lot of the low end, but also a clear top end. They have an openness and for the price it's really hard to match with any other microphone.”

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The Stereo Set features two matched ELA M 260 microphones and a custom dual power supply capable of powering both microphones. The 260s were used on all pianos (D model, B model and upright) and for viola, violin and woodwinds. Leo-Z’s large diaphragm Telefunken Copperhead mics were used on the back of the upright piano and on upright bass.

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Materia Prima includes seven compositions for piano, upright bass, bass flute and two violas, featuring some of Hollywood’s most popular musicians, including flutist Gina Giuliani and violist Molly Rogers, both known for their work with Hans Zimmer.

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