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Leo-Z Picks TELEFUNKEN for “Materia Prima”

Gifted composer and pianist Leo-Z employed his TELEFUNKEN ELA M 260 Stereo Set of small diaphragm condenser microphones to capture the precision sound of Steinway grand pianos for his debut solo album, “Materia Prima.”

“These microphones bring an airiness and transparency to the way we capture sound,” says Leo-Z, “especially for this type of impressionistic, acoustic, intimate type of music.”

Recording engineer Mike Tacci adds, “It’s a tube mic so the dynamic range is very sensitive. They work great with string instruments because they capture a lot of the low end, but also a clear top end. They have an openness and for the price it’s really hard to match with any other microphone.”

The Stereo Set features two meticulously matched ELA M 260 microphones and a custom dual power supply capable of powering both microphones. The 260s were used on all pianos (D model, B model and upright) and also for viola, violin, and woodwinds. Leo-Z’s large diaphragm TELEFUNKEN Copperhead mics were used on the back of the upright piano and on upright bass.

Leo-Z sees his debut album as the first chapter in a series of piano-based concept albums influenced by alchemy, existentialism, Neo-romanticism, supernatural narrative and metaphysical imagery. The music style blends minimalism with impressionism, pop music and late romanticism.
References can be found in the works of Ludovico Einaudi, Max Ritcher, and Ryuichi Sakamoto.

“Materia Prima” includes seven compositions for piano, upright bass, bass flute and two violas, featuring some of Hollywood’s most popular musicians, including flutist Gina Luciani and violist Molly Rogers, both known for their exemplary work with Hans Zimmer.

Watch this preview of “Materia Prima” at:

“Materia Prima” is being remastered by Blue Coast Music at 192kHz: 


Born Leonardo De Bernardini, Leo-Z is a composer, multi-platinum songwriter/producer, arranger, programmer and pianist, located in Los Angeles. His works span a diverse range of styles from the score for Tom Hanks’ Futuristic web-series “Electric City” (winner of the Streamy Award as Best Drama) to the dark comedy score for the series “Supreme Tweeter” with actor/producer Harry Lloyd (Game Of Thrones, The Theory Of Everything, Manhattan). Leo-Z has also been involved in successful collaborations with artists such as Josh Groban, Nathan Pacheco, and David Archuleta.


TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik strives for absolute perfection. By offering historic recreations of classic microphones alongside their own proprietary designs based around the distinctive tube mic sound, TELEFUNKEN has established a product line that expertly combines vintage style and sound with the reliability of a modern-day microphone design. TELEFUNKEN’s commitment to both the sonic excellence and quality of all of their products is rivaled only by their dedication to provide the best possible service to their customers.