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Dan Lavery Discusses the JA-251

How long have you been making music?
26 years now.

What studio roles have you taken on and which are your favourites?
Engineering, mixing and Pro Tools editing are my usual roles but I have been producing more and more. I love tracking live musicians.

What are the biggest achievements of your career to date?
I have had so many great opportunities and worked with so many talented people but it's hard to beat working next to Ringo Starr, Van Halen and Lady Gaga.

Can you give me a list of artists you've worked with and what role you had on their projects?
Too many to name, a list can be found here.

What do you think of the JA-251? What compelled you to take one on?
My favourite mic is the ELAM 251 so I was curious to hear the JA 251 and while it does not sound exactly like a traditional 251 it is very useful on certain instruments.

How would you describe the sound of the JA-251?
It's a cross between an ELAM 251 and an AKG C12.

What do you think of the JA-44x ribbon? What compelled you take one on?
The JA-44x's are excellent on electric guitars and drum room. I like using them to close mic guitar cabs in particular.

How would you describe the sound of the JA-44x?
It's a classic ribbon sound, nice and spongy.

What is your recording signal chain comprised of?
I use lynx aurora convertors in my studio. Most of the time I'll use Neve 1073's or API 512's but also like the AEA Ribbon preamp for the JA-44x's.

Dan Lavery Discusses the JA-251

How long have you been making music?
I've been playing music since the age of 11. I've been making music professionally for over 20 years.

What studio roles have you taken on and which are your favourites?
Musician, composer, producer, engineer, assistant. I love producing. Getting the best out of others is especially rewarding when the end result is music you enjoy.

What are the biggest achievements of your career to date?
Being able to create music on a regular basis is a gift.  Being able to perform in faraway places like Bosnia, Kosovo, Kuwait and Iraq for American soldiers is one of the most fulfilling professional achievements I've had. Losing the Best Rock Album Grammy to Bruce Springsteen is also a noteworthy achievement for an artist from New Jersey.

Can you give me a list of artists you've worked with and what role you had on their projects?
Too many to list, but clearly I was put on the map as a writer, producer, and player by my band, Tonic.
I've also made coffee for Lucinda Williams when she was recording vocals in my studio.

What do you think of the JA-251? What compelled you to take one on?
I love it. It has great air and presence without unwanted top end. I heard about Jeanne Audio through a friend in Australia. He connected me to Anthony, I checked out the website, and the rest involves postage and handling.

How have you been using the JA-251 as a solo mic?
I've been using the JA-251 mainly on vocals. I've also used it on acoustic guitar. (The mandolin will be next!) It makes the vocal sit very naturally in the track. And with the (Neve-esque) Aurora Audio mic pre, the acoustic guitar sounds very "classic".

How have you been using the JA-251 paired?
Most recently, I have the pair working as room mics when recording drums. I have experimented with using them in the omni setting, to bring to the track as much of the acoustic quality of the room as possible. This allows me to utilize all of my space, very effectively.

How would you describe the sound of the JA-251?
Great presence, a lot of air, but not over-hyped. Even without EQ, a vocal immediately has its own space in the track.

What is your recording signal chain comprised of?
I've been using a BAE 312A (classic API clone), but my favorite is the Aurora Audio GTQ2 which is a mic pre and EQ. I generally will run from there into the Aurora compressor (GTC2), but never to color, just a little control, as needed. My interface is the Lynx Aurora 16, which ProTools HD sees as two 192's.

The ja-47F

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Merv Mac [Recording Artist]

I've always been told I had a troublesome voice to record and I'm not usually happy with my vocal recordings. After using the JA-47F I couldn't believe the difference in how I sounded. This microphone has the right amount of detail and grit in the lower mids for my voice and really makes my performances shine... Its hands down the most prized possession in my studio and it cost me the least of all my toys!

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Anthony Jeanne [Engineer\Artist, Decibel Studios]

Using a pair of these on overheads or for recording brass really makes sources shine with a softened top and the right amount of crunch and detail through the center. Using it on vocals, it has a nice gravelish tone in the lower mids that lets softer vocals sit nicely in a mix and makes backing vocals sound more pronounced without jumping out too much. I'd be hard pressed to pick up a pair of mics sounding like this for under $3K anywhere else.

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Mike Benson [Engineer\Producer, Raretone Studios]

The way the JA-47F sounds on kicks was a real eye (or ear) opener for me. I have been looking for that authentic old school kick sound. Really nice, warm, natural and pleasant sounding with the right blend of pop, punch, thump and boom. Yet another mic from the Jeanne Audio range I have to add to my inventory!

the ja-87f

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Lotek [Engineer & Mercury Prize Winner]

The hand-tuned quality of the JA-87F makes it perfect for recording guitars, vocals and anything needing a rich, warm sound. It's becoming my main vocal mic and many artists like Roots Manuva and Speech Debelle have been massive fans when usings these. Finally, detail vocals with some bottom end!

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Pataphysics [Artist & Producer]

I am always looking to get the best possible sound. Heard about the JA-87F and thought I'd have a listen see how it sounded. We went to the studio and put it up against the AKG C3000B, Rode K2, Neumann TLM103, Neumann KM184 and another mic or two. The JA- 87F was easily the winner. The JA-87F is all I will record my vocals on. Sounds amazing on drums and other instruments as well.

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Shane Wickens [Artistic Director, The Push]

Running the JA-87 through an LA-610 pre gave a tight focused lead vocal which sat comfortably in the mix while retaining a high level of warmth & detail. Across both vocals and acoustic guitar the JA-87 offered an open-air quality with detailed upper mids and a rich low-end. At mix-time the tracks required little or no tweaking and occupied just the right amount of space. The JA-87 has been a really valuable addition to the mic-locker with results that defy the price-tag!

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Connor Dalton [Engineer & Producer, Sound Works Music]

I put my JA-87F up against all the big players in the sub $2000 LDC category (and even a few quite a bit over $2k) and it came out the clear winner on any source. It seems to have so much more detail and clarity in the highs, cleaner and clearer mids and a solid bottom end that works on even the most bass heavy instruments. Its a great studio all rounder and I'll use it on just about anything.

I've never owned a nice red diamond logo, and now I really dont feel the need! I'd rather spend my hard earned dollars on a second JA-87F so i can run a stereo pair and at this price it will still come in cheaper than buying one of the other "big name" mics.

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Class A [Recording Artist]

I really like the way I sound with the JA-87F. It's detailed and punchy, a really slick sound which is just the way I like it. I've been recording for years and I've tried a bunch of microphones but the JA-87F is what I'm going with on my albums from here on in! I highly recommend it to anyone recording hip hop vocals.

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Maya [Engineer\Producer, Ayre Media]

I've been using the JA-87F for over a year now and it's nothing short of amazing. The quality of my recordings has jumped significantly as a direct result of using this mic on vocals, acoustic guitar and amp cabinets. It's an incredible microphone which gets use in my studio non-stop! For those who know the difference, you will want this microphone. 10/10.

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Mike Benson [Engineer\Producer, Raretone Studios]

When I borrowed one of these to try it out, the first thing I noticed was the weight of the mic, it was very solid and obviously well built. I tested it side by side with a Neumann U87, running it through the same preamps and converters and at the same settings. We recorded some vocals and hammond - Let's just say that after hearing the results I bought 3 JA-87F’s! These mics have been a studio workhorse, they shine on whatever you throw in front of them; capturing any source with clarity and depth. Of course they kill it for vocals, but I love them on drums, particularly the toms. I place them about 2 feet above the toms, which perfectly capture their tone and punch.

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Ishu [Engineer\Artist\Producer]

I've used the JA-87F on many different sources with great results. Room mic for drums and percussion, male or female vocal, acoustic guitar, electric guitar amp - regardless of the source used, the mic's response is always true and smooth... When driven a little hotter it also adds some pleasing flavour.

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Daniel Allan [Engineer\Writer, Nooch International Music Production]

I've only recently started using your JA-87F and I'm extremely impressed. I'm using the JA-87F mostly and I've got to say: you guys know what you're doing (I flipped when I heard the mics were local). Bought myself a JA-251 also!

 

the ja-251

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Shaun Hay [Hi-tech Specialist, Guitar Factory]

I purchased a JA-251 after comparing it to serveral other High Profile Microphones by some BIG names ...and i mean BIG names! The JA-251 killed them all. It basically just made the singer sound better by not actually trying harder or doing anything different. The tube design gives the sound great compression, rich harmonics, and a certain airy-ness that sits the recording really well in a mix. The multiple polarity options on the power supply make this one versatile microphone... Its like having several mics with you at once! I am one happy customer, and would more than recommend this mic to anyone looking for a real Tube Condenser under $1500.."

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Madu [Engineer, Killer Kiss Productions]

I really love this mic! Its been getting a lot of use in the studio and to be perfectly honest, its the best mic I've ever owned. Well done on creating such a good microphone!

 

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Mike Benson [Engineer\Producer, Raretone Studios]

I thought nothing would topple the JA-87F off the throne for vocals, but there's a new king in town; and he's a kind and forgiving one (even when dealing with troublesome vocalists!) The JA-251 is my new favourite vocal mic as it has the uncanny ability to breathe life into vocals, giving a full "in your face" sound, yet still capturing all of the subtleties and nuances. The gorgeous oozing tube coloration just makes vocals sit perfectly in the mix with very little treatment.

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Connor Dalton [Engineer & Producer, Sound Works Music]

Got the JA-251. What more can I say? My old K2 is now holding the door open - I doubt I'll ever use it again for anything more... This is a serious microphone that gets a lot of use in the studio!

 

The JA-47t

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Anthony Jeanne [Engineer\Artist, Decibel Studios]

Oh boy... This is a special microphone. The sound of the JA-47T is just exquisite. It is all character and everything recorded with it sounds like it’s been through a velvet glove. The entire spectrum is captured with a smooth flattery and the detail is prominent without bringing forth the flaws. Vocals and instruments work really well with the microphone; the adjustable patterns give you a variety of colours. This is really a secret weapon in anyone’s microphone locker.

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Mike Benson [Engineer\Producer, Raretone Studios]

As soon as I get a minute to put this mic down I'll write you a proper response! So far, I'm very very impressed!

 

 

The JA-44x

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Connor Dalton [Engineer & Producer, Sound Works Music]

I use the JA-44x on overheads and horns more than anything else. I love the way it pulls the room sound and makes recorded material really pleasant to the ears. It makes trickier things like overheads a sinch to mix. Another winner to the mic locker from Jeanne Audio!

 

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Mike Benson [Engineer\Producer, Raretone Studios]

I love ribbon mic's and the JA-44x is up there with the best! It has a very natural honest sound that I just love for drums, guitars and horns. It is my go to hi-hat mic – placing it with the side of the mic towards the cymbals they pick up only the hat and have very little cymbal bleed; the figure 8 pattern rejects the sound from the sides. For guitars the JA-44x excels for a number of reasons. Firstly it handles high sound pressure level very well, so you can really crank it up to capture the sound of an amp. Secondly, it can capture all the high frequencies of a wailing guitar solo but without being ear piercing. Third, it handles eq extremely well after being recorded (if you want to sculpt the tone further). The JA-44x creates that old soul horn sound, capturing all the air but without seeming shrill. Also with clever mic and player placement you can record a whole section in the same room whilst still keeping each signal fairly isolated allowing you to mix each individual horn sound with a room sound to get the best result.

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Connor Dalton [Engineer & Producer, Sound Works Music]

Put this in front of a screaming guitar cab and it was sold! I just love the flattery and natural sound this mic brings. I had to get a pair in the end as they're a knockout on overheads!

 

The JA-77x

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Shaun Hay [Hi-tech Specialist, Guitar Factory]

You know I'm the biggest fan around of all these microphones. Come in to Guitar Factory and have a chat to me about the JA-77x and any of the other models... I own them all personally! They just sound sensational!

 

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Connor Dalton [Engineer & Producer, Sound Works Music]

This mic really is the king of darkness. It has a real old school, almost lo-fi sound to it which makes it amazing on bass and guitar cabs. I love the way distorted guitars can be captured with all the crunch and without any of the harshness that sometimes comes with other mics.

 

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