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The Spinto Band

The Spinto Band was formed in 1996, spearheaded by Nick Krill, who was inspired to form the band when he came across some song lyrics written by his late grandfather, Roy Spinto.

Audio Sample:

Greetings from the Spinto Band
“We Spinto Band guys are tracking our next LP right now, and I thought you might like to know that we just did a vocal mic shootout and the MA-200 beat an expensive c-12 copy and another $3000 tube mic. Hats off to you guys!

We just did a vocal mic shootout and the MA-200 beat an expensive c-12 copy and another $3000 tube mic.

“Throughout the recording process on our album “Moonwink”, which we co-producer with Dave Trumfio and was mixed by Tchad Blake, we used a Mojave MA 200 microphone, and were impressed by the tone we were able to achieve. Many different instruments were beautifully captured by the MA 200, including drums, acoustic guitars and pianos.”

-Nick Krill

Stevie Blacke

Artist: Baroli (
title: “Baroli Theme in A Minor”
Strings arranged and performed by Stevie Blacke
2 Mojave MA-200’s in an X/Y pattern into a Trident S20
MA-100 used as a spot mic into a UA 6176
Apogee converter

Stevie Blacke is an arranger and multi-instrumentalist from Los Angeles California. Known as “that string guy”, Stevie is well known in the recording community for his work as a one man string section, overdubbing violin, viola, cello, and bass one track at a time. Stevie is also well versed in electric and acoustic guitars, mandolin, mando-cello, electric violin, electric bass, banjo, dobro, lap steel, saz, sitar, esraj, Erhu, and autoharp.

As an instrumentalist, Stevie has recorded and/or performed with some of the most recognized people in the business including Beck, MADONNA, Weezer, Matchbox Twenty, Taylor Hicks, Timbaland with Elton John, Michael Stipe, Rihanna, Ashlee Simpson, Backstreet Boys, Plain White T’s, The Thrills, Sheryl Crow, Lenny Kravitz, TuPac, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Snoop Doggy Dog, Ludacris, Greg Allman, Ice Cube, Aaliyah, Mandy Moore, Dan Hicks & the Hot Licks, Zakiya and John Lee Hooker, Leftover Salmon, Eddie Murphy, Antonio Banderas, the Counting Crows and the Black Crows.

Mark Hollingsworth

Our friend Mark Hollingsworth was kind enough to put the MA-200 through it’s paces on a variety of woodwinds. His discography is way too deep to list here, so check out his website, but it includes work for producers Quincy Jones and David Foster, artists from Stevie Wonder to U2, and countless soundtracks and jingles.
This is what he had to say:

“Man! Dusty, I’ve done some very exhaustive testing between the Mojave and a Neumann TLM 149 (and some other mics including the AKG TLII and Rode NTK – though not in the same league)

Holy Crap! This mic rocks! I tested it on Alto, Tenor, Flute, Clarinet and it was killing on everything. It feels very natural, maybe a little hyped, but it made the Neumann sound boxy and veiled…

I’d be way up for helping you guys get the word out. Geez, get me a pair and I’ll lone one out to my engineer-producer friends… for a couple of weeks… they’ll be knocking down the doors!

BTW… I also tested with the “Enhanced Audio” mic clip and that made it even more happening!”


Mark Hollingsworth

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Flute Comparison

Mojave Audio MA-200


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