Compatible Mics

AKG 414
AKG
414
EYEBALL
AKG C214
AKG
C214
EYEBALL
AKG C3000
AKG
C3000
EYEBALL
AKG C314
AKG
C314
EYEBALL
AKG C414 XLII
AKG
C414 XLII
EYEBALL
AKG C414 XLS
AKG
C414 XLS
EYEBALL
AKG P120
AKG
P120
EYEBALL
AKG P220
AKG
P220
EYEBALL
AKG P420
AKG
P420
EYEBALL
Aston Origin
Aston
Origin
EYEBALL
Aston Spirit
Aston
Spirit
EYEBALL
Audio-Technica AT2020
Audio-Technica
AT2020
EYEBALL
Audio-Technica AT2020USB+
Audio-Technica
AT2020USB+
EYEBALL
Audio-Technica AT2020USBi
Audio-Technica
AT2020USBi
EYEBALL
Audio-Technica AT2035
Audio-Technica
AT2035
EYEBALL
Audio-Technica AT2050 (Special Instructions Shock Mount)
Audio-Technica
AT2050 (Special Instructions Shock Mount)
EYEBALL
Audio-Technica AT3035
Audio-Technica
AT3035
EYEBALL
Audio-Technica AT4033a
Audio-Technica
AT4033a
EYEBALL
Audio-Technica AT4040
Audio-Technica
AT4040
EYEBALL
Audio-Technica AT4047
Audio-Technica
AT4047
EYEBALL
Audio-Technica AT4047/SV
Audio-Technica
AT4047/SV
EYEBALL
Audio-Technica AT4050
Audio-Technica
AT4050
EYEBALL
Audio-Technica AT4060a
Audio-Technica
AT4060a
EYEBALL
Audio-Technica AT5047
Audio-Technica
AT5047
EYEBALL
Audio-Technica ATR2500-USB
Audio-Technica
ATR2500-USB
EYEBALL
Avantone BV-1
Avantone
BV-1
FATBOY
Avantone CV-12
Avantone
CV-12
EYEBALL
Beyerdynamic FOX USB
Beyerdynamic
FOX USB
EYEBALL
Blue Bird
Blue
Bird
EYEBALL
Blue Raspberry
Blue
Raspberry
EYEBALL
Blue Spark
Blue
Spark
EYEBALL
Blue Yeti Mic Wired
Blue
Yeti Mic Wired
FATBOY
Blue Yeti Pro Studio
Blue
Yeti Pro Studio
FATBOY
Blue Yeti Pro USB
Blue
Yeti Pro USB
FATBOY
Focusrite Scarlett Studio CM25
Focusrite
Scarlett Studio CM25
EYEBALL
Gauge Precision Instruments ECM-87
Gauge Precision Instruments
ECM-87
EYEBALL
Genesis GenesisHE
Genesis
GenesisHE
EYEBALL
Lauten Audio Atlantis FC-387
Lauten Audio
Atlantis FC-387
FATBOY
Lauten Audio LA-120
Lauten Audio
LA-120
EYEBALL
Lauten Audio LA-220
Lauten Audio
LA-220
EYEBALL
Lauten Audio LA-320
Lauten Audio
LA-320
EYEBALL
Lauten Audio Lauten Audio Clarion FC-357
Lauten Audio
Lauten Audio Clarion FC-357
FATBOY
Lauten Audio LT-386
Lauten Audio
LT-386
FATBOY
Lewitt LCT 240 Pro
Lewitt
LCT 240 Pro
EYEBALL
Lewitt Lewitt LCT 550
Lewitt
Lewitt LCT 550
EYEBALL
Manley Reference Cardioid
Manley
Reference Cardioid
EYEBALL
Manley Reference Gold
Manley
Reference Gold
EYEBALL
Manley Reference Silver
Manley
Reference Silver
EYEBALL
MXL 2003A
MXL
2003A
EYEBALL
MXL 2006
MXL
2006
EYEBALL
MXL 3000
MXL
3000
EYEBALL
MXL 4000
MXL
4000
EYEBALL
MXL 550
MXL
550
EYEBALL
MXL 770
MXL
770
FATBOY
MXL 770X
MXL
770X
FATBOY
MXL 910
MXL
910
EYEBALL
MXL 990
MXL
990
EYEBALL
MXL 990HE
MXL
990HE
EYEBALL
MXL 990USB
MXL
990USB
EYEBALL
MXL Blizzard 990
MXL
Blizzard 990
EYEBALL
MXL CR89
MXL
CR89
FATBOY
MXL Genesis
MXL
Genesis
EYEBALL
MXL R144
MXL
R144
EYEBALL
MXL R44 HE
MXL
R44 HE
EYEBALL
MXL Studio 24 USB
MXL
Studio 24 USB
EYEBALL
MXL Tempo
MXL
Tempo
EYEBALL
MXL USB006
MXL
USB006
EYEBALL
MXL V63M
MXL
V63M
EYEBALL
MXL V67
MXL
V67
EYEBALL
MXL V67G HE
MXL
V67G HE
EYEBALL
MXL V67i
MXL
V67i
EYEBALL
MXL V69 EDT
MXL
V69 EDT
EYEBALL
MXL V69 HE
MXL
V69 HE
EYEBALL
MXL V87
MXL
V87
EYEBALL
Neumann Neumann U89I
Neumann
Neumann U89I
EYEBALL
Neumann TLM 102
Neumann
TLM 102
EYEBALL
Neumann TLM 103
Neumann
TLM 103
EYEBALL
Neumann TLM 107
Neumann
TLM 107
FATBOY
Neumann TLM 193
Neumann
TLM 193
EYEBALL
Neumann TM49
Neumann
TM49
FATBOY
Neumann U87
Neumann
U87
EYEBALL
Oktava MK-105
Oktava
MK-105
EYEBALL
Oktava MK-220
Oktava
MK-220
EYEBALL
Oktava MK-319
Oktava
MK-319
EYEBALL
Pearlman TM1
Pearlman
TM1
RODE K2
RODE
K2
EYEBALL
RODE NT USB
RODE
NT USB
EYEBALL
RODE NT1
RODE
NT1
EYEBALL
RODE NT1-A
RODE
NT1-A
EYEBALL
RODE NT1000
RODE
NT1000
EYEBALL
RODE NT2-A
RODE
NT2-A
EYEBALL
RODE NT2000
RODE
NT2000
EYEBALL
RODE NTK
RODE
NTK
EYEBALL
Roswell COLARES
Roswell
COLARES
FATBOY
Roswell DELPHOS
Roswell
DELPHOS
FATBOY
Roswell MINI 47
Roswell
MINI 47
Roswell MINI 87
Roswell
MINI 87
Samson C01
Samson
C01
Samson CO1
Samson
CO1
Samson CO3 & COS3U
Samson
CO3 & COS3U
EYEBALL
Samson MTR-201 | 231
Samson
MTR-201 | 231
Samson MTR101
Samson
MTR101
Samson VR-88
Samson
VR-88
EYEBALL
sE Electronics RNT
sE Electronics
RNT
FATBOY
sE Electronics sE2200
sE Electronics
sE2200
EYEBALL
sE Electronics X1A Series
sE Electronics
X1A Series
EYEBALL
sE Electronics X1S Series
sE Electronics
X1S Series
EYEBALL
sE Electronics Z5600a II
sE Electronics
Z5600a II
EYEBALL
Sennheiser MK4
Sennheiser
MK4
EYEBALL
Sennheiser MK8
Sennheiser
MK8
EYEBALL
SHURE KSM 313
SHURE
KSM 313
EYEBALL
SHURE KSM 42
SHURE
KSM 42
EYEBALL
Slate Digital Slate ML1
Slate Digital
Slate ML1
EYEBALL
Slate Digital Slate ML1 Vintage
Slate Digital
Slate ML1 Vintage
EYEBALL
Slate Digital Slate Virtual Microphone System
Slate Digital
Slate Virtual Microphone System
EYEBALL
Sony C-100
Sony
C-100
EYEBALL
Sony C-800
Sony
C-800
EYEBALL
Townsend Labs Sphere L22
Townsend Labs
Sphere L22
FATBOY
Warm Audio 251
Warm Audio
251
Warm Audio FC-357
Warm Audio
FC-357
FATBOY
Warm Audio WA-47
Warm Audio
WA-47
FATBOY
Warm Audio WA-87
Warm Audio
WA-87
Wunder CM49
Wunder
CM49
FATBOY
Wunder CM50
Wunder
CM50
FATBOY
Wunder CM67
Wunder
CM67
FATBOY
Wunder CM7
Wunder
CM7
FATBOY
No Compatible Microphones Found

Focus

Producer - Dr.Dre

Interview

 

Atlanta is such a smoldering hotbed of talent that sometimes it’s hard to keep up with the mile long list of noteworthy creators who are shaping the music scene today within these city limits. Bernard Edwards, Jr., professionally known as Focus, is one of those people. He is a veteran music producer, originally from New York City, who has since claimed Atlanta as his chosen main digs.

Focus became a known quantity in the music business when he joined forces with Dr. Dre's Aftermath Entertainment, in 2002. He grabbed Dre’s attention when an artist Focus had produced, Daks, greatly impressed Dre. So much so that he signed Focus just so that they could continue to collaborate.

Since that time he has produced tracks for an impressive list of star studded artists, including Dr. DreEminemSnoop DoggChristina Aguilera, BeyoncéKendrick Lamar,and a whole lot more. Focus also worked closely with Dre and others to help craft Dre’s Grammy nominated, highly anticipated album Compton

You could say that Focus has the groove in his blood, emanating from deep down in his DNA.

After all, his father, the late Bernard Edwards, was the bass player and co-founder of the legendary disco and R&B band, Chic, whose other co founder was another very famous producer, Nile Rogers. Focus credits his father with instilling his love of music production, a skill he acquired at a very young age from attending numerous studio sessions with his dad.

We sat down in the studio with Focus and he was gracious enough to share his talent and his insights with us on the subject of making music happen in the recording studio.

You were kind of brought up in the game, hanging out in recording studios at a young age. How would you say you use the studio as your musical instrument?

"As far as the studio is concerned there’s way more going on in here than just music making. It's a therapy for me. It's a therapy session. I get to come in here and be myself to the fullest."

There's not one thing that I don't utilize to make music, be it sampling or…I have a nice little collection of CDs and have a little collection of vinyl. I got rid of a lot of my vinyl because I was moving back and forth. It was too much to lug around. You know if I'm using my voice or use my studio microphone I'll put my mic on and in like two seconds start doing something vocally. So there's really nothing that I kind of bound myself to because there’s no one set way for me to make music. It just depends on the mood.  

 

How important is the vocal to the song?

I think that the most important part of any song is the vocal unless it's an instrumental record. My favorite instrument in a studio is the voice because the voice can go anywhere at any given time. And there's so much you can do with it. So much texture that you can create with it. So I've always said that my favorite instrument to play with is a vocal. I don't think that there's anything less important in a song. They all play their position. But if you're going to make a song a composition with the vocal then the most important thing would have to be the vocal I would think.

 

How has the Eyeball helped your art?

"First off, the Kaotica Eyeball made me sexy in all the studios because I was the first to have one."

Second thing. Every time I pulled the thing out everybody wanted to know where to get it because I was the first to have it.

"But when it comes down to it the Eyeball made it easy to set up a portable recording studio anywhere and made it easy for me to grab a vocal anywhere. I would just keep up a portable mic."

I had a portable iRig mic and I threw that Eyeball on there and people thought I was using a studio mic just because it sounded so tight and so clean. So it was part of my rig after that and it was easy to bring around with me. It's my mobile vocal booth. I just throw it in the bag or I keep it in the box. Just understand that I was sexy in the studio first off. Everybody thought it was a mic when I first brought it in. They were like ‘Yo, what kind of mic is that?’

 

What inspires you to make music?

"One thing I would love for everybody to understand is that music is supposed to evoke emotion. Music is supposed to be emotional. It’s supposed to be a spiritual engagement between you and whoever the composer is."

And for some reason the creativity in music has disappeared. Everybody's doing the exact same thing. There's too many people doing the same rolling high hat, the same 808 snares and things like that. Nobody's really pushing the boundaries of texture anymore. One thing I do know that the Kaotica Eyeball, if you're going to do things outside of your studio you can bring this with you and cut a vocal anywhere. It's like a vocal booth to go.

"Somebody could get inspiration standing next to a babbling brook."

You can be outside and really cut a vocal You can be somewhere and if you need to do any kind of focused vocal or focus point you can use the Kaotica Eyeball. It's very transportable and I think that if anything it will help you with creativity.

So many people want to make the next hit record and don't understand that a lot of those hit records weren't made after another hit record. They weren't copies of another hit record. They were making what they felt in that moment. So it's very important to keep creativity at the helm of whatever you're creating. That's how we create.

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