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Capturing Pop & Tacos on Record

Gov’t Mule side-project Little Days captured its retro pop album Pop & Tacos with a Mojave MA-200 in a variety of uses.

Los Angeles, CA (March 23, 2020)—Songwriter, producer and engineer Jorgen Carlsson, bassist and member of the band Gov’t Mule, streamlined the production of the latest album by his side-project, Little Days, by using the same mic — Mojave Audio’s MA-200 — for multiple sources.

Carlsson and partner Mini Diaz, recording under the name Little Days, released their third album, Pop & Tacos, last year. The project includes several well-known artists, including Warren Haynes, Matt Abts, Steve Ferrone, Mike Campbell and Steve Lukather.

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Pop & Tacos can best be described as a retro pop album. Musically, there are progressive tendencies reminiscent of the English rock band 10cc, along with ABBA, and Pink Floyd,” says Carlsson.

“For this project, we used two Mojave MA-200 mics in several different ways. Most notably, we used them as the primary overhead drum mic as part of a Glyn Johns 3-mic setup, which includes two mics, one above the snare and rack tom, a second one to the side of the floor tom, as well as a kick mic. You can add a few mics for room and snare colors. With that style of drum overheads setup, you need a mic with full range response. In this regard, the MA-200s sound very good.”

Carlsson continues, “I’ve also used my MA-200s for backing vocals, saxophone, and acoustic guitar. When coupled with the Quad Eight mp227 mic preamp, they respond incredibly well and make for a really versatile setup.”

Carlsson reports that he’s been working with his Mojave MA-200 microphones for the better part of 10 years and, in that timeframe, they have proved to be an essential part of his Little Days studio work style. “In the past, I would always reach for a pair of Neumann U 67s. These days, I automatically choose the MA-200s because they are truly great sounding mics.”

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