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Before Mojave became established, founder David Royer was making gear in his own garage. A one-man operation starting out in Fullerton, CA, he made vacuum tube microphones, mic preamps, and compressors for engineers in the Los Angeles area.
Since the mid-1990s, David’s custom Mojave products have been used on a number of well-known recordings, achieving legendary status among a niche circle of high-end engineers. 2005 officially marked the beginning of Mojave as a full-fledged company. Today, all Mojave microphones are constructed with respect to David’s unprecedented research and attention to electronic design and quality.
Dusty Wakeman, now Mojave president, aligned himself with David Royer and began testing prototypes of his early designs. Wakeman’s own Mad Dog Studios became the lab for Royer to run trials on. The partnership flourished, resulting in Wakeman’s new role. Since taking off in 2005, Mojave remains vigilant in its pursuit of combining creativity, technology, and mindful QC practices to make great microphones, all produced at their factory in Burbank, CA.
Mojave has several key manufacturing processes that help them stand out from the pack of microphone makers. Most importantly, every Mojave mic is designed and assembled at their brand’s factory and use US-made Jensen transformers and new old stock (NOS) tubes. These tubes are mated to capsules and bodies, according to David Royer‘s design specifications. Prior to packaging, every mic is burned in for 24 hours, tested, and personally listened to by David himself. This assembly process ensures unquestionable reliability and flawless performance from Mojave mics.
At the top of the list is the MA-200, a large diaphragm, vacuum tube condenser microphone that captures the natural character of any voice or instrument without the sharp high frequency distortion artifacts often encountered with modern condenser microphones. The cornerstone MA-200 was the first mic prototype that made Mojave a formidable contender in microphone design.
After it took off in the studio community, Mojave switched gears and introduced a solid-state version: the MA-201FET. The phantom-powered, solid-state condenser microphone falls in line with the MA-200 and serves as a great all-around standby for any project or professional studio.
The MA-300 is the big brother of the MA-200. It’s an excellent addition to any mic locker due to its stellar versatility, thanks to the added variable polar pattern selector and switchable pad. The bass roll-off feature sweetens the deal. Like the solid-state variant of the MA-200, the MA-300 has an alter ego: the MA-301FET. It’s a phantom-powered alternative that shadows some of the most sought-after German condenser microphones. With the MA-301FET, harnessing Mojave’s trademark large diagram warmth is an affordable reality.
Mojave’s MA-1000 is a wildly useful microphone with certain sonic nuances suited for just about any source – vocals, keyboard, guitar, room ambiance, overheads. It represents the full extent that Mojave can achieve when large diaphragm warmth sits at the center of the design scope. Take notice of the specs: an original NOS 5840 tube and a custom transformer, housed in a sleek 251-style capsule. The MA-1000 is warm, airy, vibrant, and undeniably capable of anything you need.
Capture warmth and clarity with Mojave’s entire lineup of microphones, recently released with several striking new color schemes. Vintage King has the knowledge to guide you towards a suitable Mojave microphone to add to your studio collection.
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