Los Angeles, CA … When it comes to recording and engineering orchestral scores for Hollywood’s biggest film productions, few people have the credentials that can match those of scoring mixer Alan Meyerson. With 200+ credits on IMDb and double that amount on AllMusic.com, he has an extensive track record. Among the many projects he’s been involved in, credits include Dunkirk, Wonder Woman, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Dark Knight, and King Kong. With a track record of this stature, an engineer like Meyerson can use any microphones he wants—and that’s precisely why his choice of Mojave Audio microphones is so noteworthy.
Meyerson’s most recent project is for the forthcoming adventure film Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017), an adventure of four high school kids who discover an old video game console and are drawn into the game’s jungle setting—literally becoming the adult avatars they chose. Produced by Columbia Pictures and distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing, the film will debut in theaters on December 20th, 2017. Meyerson reports the recording sessions took place at the Streisand Scoring Stage at Sony Studios in Culver City, CA and, for capturing the violin, viola, and celli performances, he used four Mojave MA-1000 large-diaphragm, multi-pattern tube condenser microphones. He discussed the project and his fondness for Mojave Audio’s MA-1000.
“I find the MA-1000 has a unique combination of great warmth and sparkling top end,” Meyerson explained. “These mics also have terrific reach, giving me excellent coverage over a large swath of each string section. They are also very capable microphones in terms of their ability to manage high SPL recording—enabling them to easily handle the levels of orchestral work. Because of these qualities, the MA-1000s served as my main string feature mics on the orchestral recordings for this project. By taking advantage of the MA-1000’s continuously variable polar pattern selector, I find that placing these mics in omni about 7.5 feet above the front of each string section works really well for capturing a rich and full string sound. In addition to my use of these mics for capturing strings, I’ve also used the MA-1000 with excellent results as a solo mic for vocals and feature instruments.”
The Mojave Audio MA-1000’s design is key to its ability to capture a wide range of sounds and vocals. The microphone features an original new old-stock 5840 tube, a 251-style capsule, and a custom-designed transformer built by Coast Magnetics. In addition to its variable polar pattern selector, the MA-1000 offers a switchable 15dB pad that facilitates high SPL recordings with no microphone distortion or preamplifier overload plus a switchable low frequency roll-off designed to reduce excess low end created by proximity effect.
In addition to being very impressed with the MA-1000’s sonic attributes, Meyerson reports being equally pleased with Mojave Audio’s customer and technical support services. “Mojave’s customer service is second to none,” he said. “A while back, I brought one of my four MA-1000s in to their offices to be checked and they had it sorted in one day. That sort of responsive customer service is rare these days.”
Prior to shifting his focus back to his studio endeavors, Meyerson offered these closing thoughts regarding his experience with his MA-1000 microphones,” I’m a super happy customer. My choice of the MA-1000 for my type of use is a perfect complement for my other mics. These Mojave mics add something special and unique—and that is precisely what is so crucial when it comes to the recording arts.”
About Mojave Audio
Located in Burbank, California, Mojave Audio is a manufacturer of quality microphones for the recording professional. Additional information on the MA-1000 and all Mojave Audio products can be found at www.mojaveaudio.com.
Photo info: (from left to right) Mojave Audio President Dusty Wakeman, Alan Meyerson, Royer Labs V.P. of Sales and Marketing John Jennings