Meeting Topic: Mojave / BAE Gear Showcase
Speaker Name: Dusty Wakeman (Mojave Audio) & Colin Liebich (BAE Audio)
Meeting Location: Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences 1205 N. Fiesta Blvd Gilbert Az
Dusty has been in the audio engineering field for more than 20 years, now president at Mojave, a sister company of Royer. Dusty has engineered top studios including at Capitol Studios. Mojave takes pride in each model being a unique design rather than a clone. Designing a Mojave mic involves thinking about width and depth on how the audio is being picked up.
Colin has been engineering for the past 6 years. Colin made a transition to audio engineering, and now representing BAE. BAE modules are all hand built, with genuine Neve components. He also operates the Plastic Dog Recording studio in Los Angeles.
We invited CRAS musicians to demo the Mojave mic and BAE preamps. We had Halle Fletcher and John Briggs on vocals, Fatima De La Cruz on flute, Kevin Strange on bass, Brock Kent on electric guitar. Nico Rossi was engineering the session. Student volunteers set up and positioned the mics in the studio.
Dusty brought in a wide range of mic types—tube condenser, FET condenser, and active ribbon. Colin took out BAE preamps straight from his own desk into the session! There are several preamps with genuine Neve components! He invited the students to dial in the EQ to hear what they do.
Halle and John tested out the vocal mics—FET transformerless, and the two tube condenser mics. Halle and John sounded better on one of the two tube condensers. While the FET sounded good, we all agreed that the tubes sounded better on both of their vocals. U47-style FET is in front of a bass cab. The mic going through the preamp sounded great, but Colin also wanted to try directly plugging into the preamp, for a "classic" bass sound. Brock was on the electric guitar. Both active ribbon and small tube condenser mics were both pointed at the center cone. As expected, the ribbon sounded rounder, while the tube condenser picked up the higher end.
After the gear demo, we had a short Q & A session regarding product design, pricing, and personal experience in the field. Both BAE and Mojave will be at the NAMM conference, so a handful of AES members will be reconnecting with them in Anaheim. We thank Dusty and Colin for the hands-on demo, and look forward to another gear showcase in the near future!
Written By: CRAS AES Secretary - Takuma O.