Formed in 1994 as a side project of The Allman Brothers Band by guitarist Warren Haynes and bassist Allen Woody, Gov’t Mule has developed a loyal following for its distinct brand of Southern jam rock. These days, the band consists of Warren Haynes on guitar, drummer and original member Matt Abts, Danny Lewis on guitar and keyboards, and Jorgen Carllson on bass.
Key tracks on their most recent album Shout – which earned considerable critical acclaim and a strong showing on The Billboard 200 – were captured with microphones from Mojave Audio and sister company Royer Labs.
LA-based producer / engineer Steve Holroyd tracked ‘World Boss’, which is the opening cut on the album, along with ‘Whisper In Your Soul’ and ‘Done Got Wise’. For Holroyd, the Mojave Audio MA-200 Vacuum Tube Condenser Microphone plus Royer Labs’ R-122V Vacuum Tube Ribbon and R-122 Active Ribbon microphones all assumed key roles in capturing the essence of the band’s performance.
“The tracks that I worked on for the album were recorded at Roger’s Boat Studios in Lake Balboa, CA,” Holroyd reports. “For Shout, a good 80% of the drum sound was captured using Mojave Audio MA-200s as the main drum mics. To my ear, the MA 200s sound every bit as good as Neuman U67’s, which simply put, just aren’t very affordable these days.
“Whereas in the past I would grab a U67, these days I go for the MA-200 instead. The MA-200 sounds great on vocals, drums, guitars, percussion, and grand piano. It’s a fantastic all around mic that has great presence and punch.”
Holroyd is equally enamored with the Royer Labs R-122V Vacuum Tube Ribbon and R-122 Active Ribbon microphones.
“On Shout, I used the Royer R-122V on Warren’s guitar amp,” he reports. “The R-122V sounded so creamy on his guitar—it really brought out the tone. And for Jorgen’s bass amp, I used the R-122 active ribbon mic in conjunction with a Telefunken U47 tube.
“Royer has a knack of making anything you place in front it sound real and huge, with great bottom end. The Royer mics create a very accurate sonic picture.”
Holyred continues, “I consider both Mojave Audio and Royer Labs to be among the premiere microphone companies in our industry. Whether it’s a Mojave condenser or a Royer ribbon, I know I’ll be able to capture the performance accurately and with minimal fuss. David Royer engineers some of the best mics on the market and I’m proud to say I use both.”