Category Archives: Saxophone

Leonardo Bella


A producer for all seasons, Leonardo Bella is equally at home in a symphony hall producing Mozart horn concerto’s or in the studio producing and engineering Chicago blues, modern jazz or his own Beatles tinged worship music. His passion for sonic excellence goes back to his partnership in one of the world’s leading recording facilities, Skyline Studio’s in New York City. From 1979 until 1994 the studio received over 100 Gold and Platinum records and was nominated for five years in a row for Mix Magazine’s TEC award , as one of the top five studios worldwide.

“My secret for sounds that leap out of the speaker, sounding real and present always involves this simple formula: take a wonderful player, set him in an awesome sounding acoustic space and place a well chosen mic carefully, get it up to line level through a world class stand alone pre-amp within 20 feet of the mic and your home free”. Leonardo’s personal rig has always included a room full of vintage musical instruments and a hybrid of vintage and modern high end audio recording gear.


“I have been using the MA100 matched pair, the MA200 and MA300’s on everything that has come down the pike, and I have been consistently blown away. Over the years I have learned to only purchase recording tools that will confirm their value to me
for years to come, and your products have me smiling every time I plug them in. Their extreme musicality, warm presence and clarity on transientss has become a major part of my sound. During the years I co-owned Skyline Studios’s in New York, we had a great locker full of U47’s, U67’s and M49’s. The Mojave microphones have that same Rolls Royce quality sound I had grown to depend on during those years gone by, minus the headache of maintaining ancient gear. I am a convert!”
Leonardo Bella / Eternal Arts Music

All recordings are without processing of any kind.

1 Overhead single mic recording MA-100 carded

2 Kick / MA200 (2 feet) Overhead / single MA-100 in cardiod

3 Upright Bass (Pitz) spaced pair of MA-100s

4 Upright Bass (Arco) MA-200

5 Cello MA-200

6 Bass Clarinet MA-200

7 Breedlove Mandolin / spaced pair MA-100s (cardiod)

8 Telecaster > Keeley compressor > custom fender amp/ MA-100 omni

8 Telecaster > Keeley compressor > custom fender amp/ MA-100 omni

9 Rickenbacker 360-12 in stereo / pair of MA-100s in omni

10 Soprano Sax / MA-200

11 Female Vocal MA-100 in cardiod

12 All Mojave Recording / MA-200 on lead vocal / MA-100 on everything else

Yalil Guerra

Yalil Guerra writes music for US TV networks such as Univision, Telefutura and Canal 41 Miami; the music of shows such as: FIFA World Cup music theme 2010, Viva el Sueño (2009), the Latin Grammy awards (2005 through 2009), Premio lo Nuestro (2006 through 2010), Up front (2005 and 2006), Escandalo TV, Tributo a nuestra musica, Premios Juventud, etc. are among his credits. He is producing and composing albums in his recording facility in Burbank, California.

Mr. Guerra, have compositions for chamber ensembles, choral works and for solo instrument. His classical works has been premiered in the United States, Canada, Italy, Spain, Mexico, Ecuador, Colombia and Puerto Rico.

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

Audio Samples and Photos


Flute Comparison

Mojave Audio MA-200


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