Los Angeles, CA … 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. Their most recent album Shout earned considerable critical acclaim—including a strong showing on The Billboard 200—and key tracks on the recording 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’. In addition to his work with Gov’t Mule, Holroyd’s resume includes work with AC/DC, Joe Satriani, Linda Ronstadt, Counting Crows, and Green Day to name but a few. 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. Holroyd discussed his use of the microphones in the production of the album.
“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, and that goes for the entire line, including the R-101, where I once captured one of the best Wurlitzer piano sounds ever.”
When queried about his experience with the customer and technical support services provided by Mojave Audio and Royer Labs, Holroyd offered a very upbeat assessment. “With both Mojave and Royer,” he said, “I have always been truly looked after by a great staff. They’re a family who are very proud of what they do and it shows in every aspect of the two company’s operations. Regardless of whether I’m buying a new mic or having one of my existing mics serviced, they take really good care of me.”
Before refocusing his attention to an upcoming recording project, Holroyd offered these final thoughts, “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.”
To learn more about the services of Steve Holroyd, visit him online at http://www.allmusic.com/artist/steve-holroyd-mn0000755279 or contact him at [email protected].
About Mojave Audio
Located in Burbank, California, Mojave Audio is a manufacturer of quality microphones for the recording professional. Additional information on the MA-301fet and all Mojave Audio products can be found online at www.mojaveaudio.com.
About Royer Labs
Located in Burbank, California, Royer Labs’ microphones are a staple of leading recording and broadcast facilities. For additional information about all Royer microphones, please visit the company at www.royerlabs.com.