Yalil Guerra, a Cuban born composer who now calls Los Angeles home requires the ability to accurately capture instruments and voices regardless of musical style.
Obviously microphone selection plays a large role in the authenticity of the composition’s sound and its ability to generate the “feel” or “mood” required for the project.
That’s why Guerra uses Mojave Audio’s MA-200 Vacuum Tube Condenser Microphone for all his critical recording projects.
Trained on classical guitar in both Cuba and Spain prior to studying classical composition with Aurelio de la Vega here in the United States, Guerra—who owns and operates Burbank-based RYCY Productions, Inc.— regularly writes music in the pop, rock, Latin, jazz, and classical styles for a variety of high profile television projects as well as independent artists and companies.
His credits include music for the Latin Grammy Awards and, most recently, co-producing/composing the themes for the Premio Lo Nuestro Latin Music Awards Show as well as the FIFA World Cup international soccer competition.
Guerra described why he chose the Mojave Audio’s MA-200, “Since I first tested the microphone, I just love it. The richness of its sound, the depth, and its ability to handle high SPL’s were decisive factors that led me to begin using the microphone on vocals.”
“I’ve used a number of other big name (and expensive) microphones, but for me, the MA-200 captures the sound I’m after better than anything else I’ve encountered. For three years now, I’ve been using this magnificent, robust, and musical microphone as my main tool for recording vocals.”
“Since that time, I’ve also started using the MA-200 to record brass instruments—specifically the trumpet—and I was amazed by the results.”
Guerra reports that he is equally impressed with Mojave Audio’s customer and technical support services. “While preparing for a recent session,” Guerra said, “my daughter became a bit overly inquisitive and accidentally removed the mic’s shock mount cords.”
“I immediately called Mojave’s customer service line and was instructed to bring the mic in for service. Since I live nearby their offices, I rushed over there and, to my surprise; they repaired the mic right away. I had it back in time for the session. Customer service doesn’t get any better than that.”
“The most expensive microphones aren’t always your best choice,” he says, “nor are the most affordable microphones. You really need to listen carefully to the results. For the money, my Mojave MA-200 is an amazing piece of engineering that outperforms other microphones costing three times as much.“
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