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

Stephen "DotCom" Farrow

Platinum Trap Music

Interview

 

A veteren of the music industry and the Atlanta music scene, Stephen "DotCom" Farrow is a Grammy nominated recording and mix engineer. His career began in the Alabama hip hop scene in the early 2000's. He went to Omnitech for digital media and in 2014 became recording engineer for Quailty Control Studios. He has worked with a vast array of rap and hip hop artists, including  Lil Yachty, Migos, Lil Baby, Katt Williams, 21 Savage and Blac Youngsta. 

 

What would you tell your younger self to help them get to where you are now faster?

I would definitely tell myself not to get to a point in time when I want to give up. I have to say that in my lifetime I worked the number of jobs from banker to warehouse. To stocking shelves so I've definitely you know had my fair share of giving up moments but I would definitely say don't give up. Stay loyal. Don't burn your bridges because that's what definitely helped me to get this far.

"And just be an all around good person. Being a good person, a loyal person will get you a long way."

 

How did you become a record producer?

When I was 15, 16 I was in high school. Me and a buddy of mine we had a group I don’t even remember the name. And basically we found a studio with real studio equipment in Montgomery, Alabama and went there to record the song. We didn't know what we were going to record we didn't have a beat. First time in the studio and they had a drum machine playing a drum beat. We went in and did a song. They charged us like $500 for like three hours. And from that period on I just realized that was what I wanted to do because of the money.

 

How do you use the studio as your musical instrument?

"Well I use the studio as my sanctuary, my retreat."

Like I say even though I have this beautiful facility to work here I have set up at home. And that's the first thing I did when I got home. I run up the stairs and go straight to the studio. Sometimes I don’t even check on my kid because she's 13 now so I know she’s probably on Snapchat. I don't know man it's just the smell and the hum of the studio equipment and just the solitude.

"Knowing that you know I can be as creative as I want to be and not have anybody judge me personally."

 

How important is the vocal to the track?

In my opinion, and I kind of say it is biased me because I was born in San Diego so I'm an 80's baby you know I was into jazz and rock and funk and all you know real live instruments. So in my opinion nowadays the vocal is really not as important as it used to be because as long as you have a beat along the beat slaps and you know they got a catchy hook, a lot of times you could just mumble through the verses and that was the birth of the mumble rap.

So it's like the kids nowadays they learn how to use their voice as an instrument more so than they did back in the day they used to talk about it back and they say use your voice as an instrument. But now these kids actually use their voice as their instrument.

"The moaning and the hums and you know just all those sounds, The vocal is very very important but the lyrical content is not as important as you might think."

 

How does the Eyeball play into the flow of recording?

These kids, they their strong point might not necessarily be their lyrical content but they might just be crazy with ad libs. Thug is a great example of that. I remember we were on tour with the Thug tour. We had set up a portable recording studio. And I had to record Thug in the bus and we had to use the Eyeball. And I didn't notice when we were recording. You know we were on the bus. I got on headphones. He’s got on headphones. But when I went back to the hotel and listened to the playback, just the warmth of his ad libs his breathing, you know the consonants he was saying. It was captured so well on the Kaotica Eyeball that that's really what excelled his career because if you think about it a lot of times people don't understand what Thug says but they just vibe with his melody because he rides the beats so well he uses voice as an instrument. The Eyeball is like the best mobile vocal booth

"But one thing I can definitely say before we started recording with the Kaotica Eyeball, all those breaths and things you’re trained to cut out, we started using more of those imperfections because they sounded cool."

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