Funkmaster Bootsy Collins has acquired a full range of new microphones from TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik.
A bassist, producer, singer, and songwriter, Collins now has a matched pair of large diaphragm AK-47 tube mics, a matched pair of ELA M260 small diaphragm mics, and a pair of M80 dynamic mics.
Snoop Dogg, who is contributing to Collins’ upcoming James Brown tribute album at “Boot Cave” studios, also picked up a new AK-47 to add to his collection, which now includes three AK-47s, two M-16 MkIIs, and three ELA M 260s.
Rising to prominence with James Brown in the late 1960s, and with Parliament-Funkadelic in the ‘70s, Collins’ driving bass guitar and distinctive vocals established him as one of the leading names in funk.
Collins spoke to the virtues of the TELEFUNKEN M80, “For those of you that are a little unshure about the M80 mic by TELEFUNKEN.”
“Well, I am about to funk you up with this rap. The name is right and it is James Brown tight, it is the Bomb, an easy win in any fight, yeah the M-80 that be the One.”
“Don’t take my word for it, check it out and see how you explode by using it. Go to your nearest funky music shop and demand the Bomb, but be ye forewarned—it is highly explosive!”
“This is the best mic I have ever heard on my voice,” says Bootsy, whose newly acquired AK-47 large diaphragm tube mics are also used for spot-miking of acoustic instruments, drum overheads, and piano.
His ELA M 260s are employed for banjo, guitar, mandolin, and for close-miking percussion. The M80 is the workhorse vocal mic for stage and studio work, as well as for snare drums, horns, and toms.
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