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

Saucelordrich FKI

Producer | T.I. - Post Malone

Interview

Steven "Sauce Lord Rich" Bolden is an Atlanta producer best known as one half of the acclaimed production/song writing team, FKI, which he co-founded with his partner, 1st Down, after both received degrees for audio engineering at Full Sail Recording University. Collectively, they are responsible for an impressive string of hits that include “Make It Rain” and Bring It Back” for the southern rap group, Travis Porter. They have also produced brilliant tracks for Juicy J, T.I., YG, Travis Scott and Iggy Azalea’s Trapgold mixtape.

Their style and mass appeal is difficult to pinpoint to any one fanbase because they blend a heady mix of hip hop, drum and bass, trap and glitch hop.

In 2014, they discovered a young rapper named Post Malone, who they knew had a brilliant voice and mad talent. One night while they were camped out in the studio, Post dropped a track that would turn into “White Iverson.” After FKI put their magic touch on it and released it on Soundcloud, it generated over a million plays in 3 weeks. Later that year, Billboard listed them as one of the Top 5 rap producers of 2014.

We asked Sauce Lord Rich to take us through the colorful history that brought him to the enviable position he now holds in the rap and hip hop production world.  

 

So can you take us back to your roots and how you got started in the business?

Originally, I was born and raised in New York City. I was between Harlem and the Bronx. Both my grandparents were living in Harlem and the Bronx so I had to go back and forth. My dad was locked up since my first birthday. So I mean it was really my grandparents at this time because my mom was working like triple shifts.

But then we moved to New Jersey and everything changed.

My step brother, his family was a part of creating hip hop, I can say that. Sylvia Robinson and Joe Robinson, they started Sugarhill records, Sugarhill Gang and all of this. They wrote The Message for Kurtis Blow. So now I’m walking into million dollar houses, coming from the projects. You know what I mean this is like my new life.

"These people were like set from music. So it just gave me a fire like, ‘this is what I want to do.’"

It’s hard to just fully name drop but recent things was like the Post Malone things you know, Watch out Lil Bitch for 2 Chainz. OG Kush Died. Recently we're working on PnB Rock’s album right now. But you know we are behind a lot of different sounds from Atlanta and creating a lot of different people.

 

So how do you use the studio as your instrument?

Since I was younger like I come here probably at 10 AM and I leave by 10PM. I made this a job I've been doing since I was 15 years old. I've never changed. This is my get away. Yeah, I go home and you got to pay bills. You got to do certain things.You might have to go places you don’t even want to go. But I've never not wanted to come here. The studio changed my life. I've done a lot of different things and tried to do things.

"This is the one thing that I didn't quit. I tried to do sports. I played baseball. I played soccer, basketball. Quit, quit, quit. And my parents were just like, ‘You just quit everything.’"

But this is the one thing I ever got right here. And I’ve seen what it did for people. Like people who live in mansions, driving Rolls-Royces and I'm like, ‘Oh no, I'm not quitting this, right. Like if you really love music it's not a job. You can treat it like a job but for me it's not a job because I would do it for free. I would do it for the knowledge. I won't just do it for money. So once you start making money it's a cool thing. But I love music in general. This is my outlet.

 

When did you know you were going to be a musician?

I think I knew the day that I went to my step mom because I was done with high school. Then I heard about this recording school, Full Sail and I knew I was going to go there. I needed a cosigner so I ran to her. I was like, ‘I filled out all the paperwork myself.’ I'd never fill out paperwork. And she cosigned for me right there.

"I knew that it was no turning back because somebody has already invested in what I'm about to do."

I didn't know how but I knew I was going to be a rapper or engineer one of these things that has something to do with music. I just kept trying to follow the steps that you would take to try to be better like going to Full Sail, getting a degree and learning about studio equipment. Then I got a gig as an intern. I mopped mad floors, cleaned parking lots.

 

How has the Eyeball influenced your art?

The first time I actually encountered the Kaotica Eyeball was when I was in L.A. I actually never saw it before. I just saw it sitting on a desk and my homie first had one. So I was like, What is this?

"He was just like, ‘you can basically use this record anywhere’. So everybody left the studio and I sat there and I recorded the whole song."

That song went to D.J. Suss One. It was on his radio show. I was just sitting at the board with my studio microphone recording with my Eyeball, my mobile vocal booth. But everybody was like it sounded so clean, they thought I cut it in like a super big studio. That was like my first encounter. Then I got back here. I was like talking about it. I didn't even know how to pronounce it at first. I was just like, This is amazing! But then we started getting them. I went and got one and now I've been using it ever since, out on the road and in my home music studio. It really sounds like you're recording in a real studio booth.

 

If you could take all the knowledge you have now what would you say to the younger version of you?

I would say to that younger man, It’s nice that you feel like quitting. And you think you can't do it or you can't reach the goals that you put out for yourself. I would just say don't quit. Nothing in life comes easy. But at the end of the day it's worth it when you really perform how you’re supposed to when you can do something for your mom or do something for your family or for music.

I've never had a regular job. When I was 19 I went to jail one time and my parents made me get a job and pretty much pay my probation. But other than that I've never had a job. I've been getting paid for music since I was probably 20, 21 years old. So I will say don't quit life and just believe in your own stuff. At the end of the day all it takes is a little work, a little work ethic and you'll push through.

"You'll see the light. You have to take that light and make it the brightest."

Then people start paying attention. I went from doing time all the way to sitting in this room working for myself. People ask me for things and want me to do things so. I mean I feel like you can do it too. Life for us is like a song I play all the time.

 

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