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Rusted Root Goes All TELEFUNKEN

Michael Glabicki Chooses 6 AR-51s, 4 M80s, 2 M-16 MkIIs & 2 ELA M 260s

Pictured is Rusted Root’s Michael Glabicki with one of his 6 TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik AR-51 vintage tube microphones.

Rusted Root frontman and founder Michael Glabicki has purchased 12 microphones from TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik for the band’s 6th studio album, “Stereo Rodeo.” Six of the microphones are the new AR-51 large diaphragm tube condenser, which has been nominated for a TEC (Technical Excellence and Creativity) Award in the studio microphone category.

“When recording acoustic guitars and percussion instruments, every string, every skin has its own resonance,” remarked Glabicki. “Recording with open air mics sometimes loses that resonance and tonality of the instrument and affects the song’s journey into creation as a whole. We don’t have those problems with Telefunken mics.”

Formed in 1988 in Pittsburgh, PA, Rusted Root is known for their fusion of timeless acoustic folk-rock with a strong percussion section that draws from African, Latin American, Native American, and Indian influences. The band has toured with such groups as Toad the Wet Sprocket, Santana, The Grateful Dead, Dave Matthews Band, The Allman Brothers Band, and perhaps most notably, the highly coveted support role on the landmark Jimmy Page/Robert Plant reunion tour.

The AR-51 is TELEFUNKEN’s latest addition to their affordably priced R-F-T line of tube mics. The mic is designed in the tradition of the classic mics of the past, utilizing the same circuit design as the classic TELEFUNKEN ELA M 251E. The microphone is especially suitable for recording acoustic and electric guitars, piano, percussion, for drum overheads and close miced drums, as well as for both male and female vocals.

In addition to the six AR-51s, Glabicki has acquired two ELA M 260 small diaphragm condenser mics, two M-16 MkII large diaphragm mics, and four M80 dynamic mics. “We’ve used Telefunken mics in our recordings for their clarity,” concluded Michael Glabicki. “There are no other mics we’ve found that reproduce our natural sound like a Telefunken mic.

The TELEFUNKEN AR-51 is a TEC-Award nominee. If you are a member of SPARS, GANG, NAMM, the P&E Wing of the Recording Academy, or a subscriber to MIX or Pro Sound News, you qualify as a voter and should have received info. Voting ends November 30. To vote, visit:

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