Dr. Alphonso Sanders (left) and Daryl Dickerson
In 2004, Mississippi Valley State University’s B.B. King Recording Studio acquired its first ADK microphones after the Nashville 2004 Summer NAMM show. After hearing various demonstrations of ADK microphones, including their appearance on the late Ray Charles’ final recording, Dr. Alphonso Sanders (director, B.B. King Recording Studio) spoke with ADK Microphones CEO Larry Villella.
“Larry Villella has a heart of gold and a passion to create the best microphones to produce great music,” Dr. Sanders says. “Mr. B.B. King has a passion for quality sound and the education of our recording students. They need to experience the recording quality of these microphones.”
“It has always been my belief that the microphones can make or break a recording session,” says chief audio engineer Daryl Dickerson. “Our ADK microphones have been one of the biggest assets on our recordings. With the release in 2006 of David Durham’s and the 2007 Mississippi Mass Choir’s CD project, we have been able to capture the true essence of the music, vocals and room with the ADK microphones.”
B.B. King and Mississippi Valley State University are working to preserve the rich heritage of the Delta blues and its future through the B.B. King Recording Studio. The studio plans to archive recordings of as many Mississippi Delta musicians as possible. In addition, many older blues musicians have never seen the inside of a recording studio. The studio’s recent live recording of Delta bluesman David Lee Durham’s Struggling and Straining at the historic Club Ebony is now becoming widely recognized throughout Italy, Switzerland and other parts of Europe.