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Legendary Engineer And Mixer, Michael Wagener Rocks With Enhanced Audio M600 Mounts and the Soundelux 251 mic

Multi-platinum producer/engineer Michael Wagener fine tunes his tracks with Soundelux mics and enhanced audio mounts (February 14, 2006)

Legendary engineer and mixer, Michael Wagener rocks with Enhanced Audio M600 mounts and the Soundelux 251 mic.

Legendary engineer and mixer, Michael Wagener rocks with Enhanced Audio M600 mounts and the Soundelux 251 mic.

Michael Wagener - legendary rock producer, engineer, and mixer who has contributed to some of the most successful projects by rock acts such as Metallica and Ozzy Osbourne - is a self-professed gear aficionado. Name a microphone, a pre-amp, or an outboard processor, and in most instances, he has tried it.

But now that he has discovered Enhanced Audio's M600 universal microphone mount, he's likely to try his favorites all over again. According to Wagener, using an M600 mount helps great microphones sound even greater. Since trying one late last year, he has bought two for Wireworld, his Nashville-area private recording facility.

"I started using it on the Soundelux 251, which is my 'go to' vocal microphone," Wagener recalls. "Anything that has a 'natural' sound gets the 251 or a ribbon mic as a first try. When I tried the M600 with the 251, I was very impressed. All of the 251's bottom was still there, but the top seemed 'see through' and clearer. It's really hard to describe. Before there was something not there that was covering things over the whole frequency range. It's very noticeable - not night and day - but now that I've heard it, I would miss it if it weren't there."

The uniquely designed M600 offers increased musical headroom and greater dynamic transient capability via a reduction in low-level mechanical noise and increasing low-level 'information.' Comprised of two low-resonant aluminum rings and thoughtfully designed mount hardware, the M600 effectively improves fidelity by significantly reducing the transmission of infrasonic vibrations. It is easily used with a wide variety of microphones and stand thread types.

"I'm not exactly sure how it does it, but it does," Wagener confirms. "It takes out sub-low frequencies that affect the performance of the mic by being there. They're low-frequency rumbles that you would probably not even hear. But when those frequencies are missing, it does seem to clear up the whole picture. The M600 is a rigid mount so, to me, it goes against what I think would've happened. I would think that it would transfer what's going on in the room to the mic, but it doesn't. I don't question it though. It just works!"

Since Wagener left his old shockmount, what he is getting from his 251 and other mic selections is continually amazing. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the realm of vocal recording. "Normally, vocals are the loudest in the mix," he explains. "They're up front and, especially on slower songs, you hear every little inflection of the voice, as well as every little thing that would disturb it. This is where the M600 really shines."

So chances are, if you hear any product of Wagener's post-2005 productions recorded at Wireworld, you'll also experience 'the M600 effect' as he has. And that's one effect this advocate of superior microphone selection and placement is more than happy to use. "For thirty years, I lived without it," he concludes. "Then all of a sudden, I heard what the M600 could do. I don't want to miss that anymore."

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