Smith Builds Top-Notch New Studio, Riverhouse

Mar 5, 2004 12:00 PM, Editors


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Paul Reed Smith has become synonymous with excellence in the crafting of guitars. When Smith went looking for a microphone for his new recording studio, Riverhouse, he chose the Brauner VM1 tube mic and the Soundelux 195.

Smith's philosophy is echoed in the Brauner VM1 microphone. "It's the best all-round mic I've ever heard—period," he enthused. "You can use it on anything and it will sound musical. Our constant question about a track is, 'How musical does it sound?' The Brauner sounds musical on just about anything that you put it on, and it needs very little EQ. It's exceptionally versatile with extraordinary performance on acoustic guitars, drum overheads, hi-hats, electric guitars and vocals. It's just a ridiculously good microphone."

Most of the audio equipment at Riverhouse was recommended by Greg Lukens at Washington Professional Systems. Record producer Shane Koss reveals that Smith has fine-tuned all of the gear to ensure the best-possible performance. "We tweaked the Apogee converters and some APIs so there was a lot of attention paid to all the different elements," revealed Koss. But there's no need to tweak the Brauner or the Soundelux, Koss said, "They're so real. I had the Brauner off-axis on bass through a guitar amp and it produced one of the best bass sounds I've ever had."

For more information on the mic, visit Brauner's U.S. distributor, Transamerica Audio Group, at

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