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Leonardo Bella

A producer for all seasons, Leonardo Bella is equally at home in a symphony hall producing Mozart horn concerto's or in the studio producing and engineering Chicago blues, modern jazz or his own Beatles tinged worship music. His passion for sonic excellence goes back to his partnership in one of the world's leading recording facilities, Skyline Studio's in New York City. From 1979 until 1994 the studio received over 100 Gold and Platinum records and was nominated for five years in a row for Mix Magazine's TEC award , as one of the top five studios worldwide.

"My secret for sounds that leap out of the speaker, sounding real and present always involves this simple formula: take a wonderful player, set him in an awesome sounding acoustic space and place a well chosen mic carefully, get it up to line level through a world class stand alone pre-amp within 20 feet of the mic and your home free". Leonardo's personal rig has always included a room full of vintage musical instruments and a hybrid of vintage and modern high end audio recording gear.

ON USING MOJAVE MICS

"I have been using the MA100 matched pair, the MA200 and MA300's on everything that has come down the pike, and I have been consistently blown away. Over the years I have learned to only purchase recording tools that will confirm their value to me
for years to come, and your products have me smiling every time I plug them in. Their extreme musicality, warm presence and clarity on transientss has become a major part of my sound. During the years I co-owned Skyline Studios's in New York, we had a great locker full of U47's, U67's and M49's. The Mojave microphones have that same Rolls Royce quality sound I had grown to depend on during those years gone by, minus the headache of maintaining ancient gear. I am a convert!"
Leonardo Bella / Eternal Arts Music

All recordings are without processing of any kind

Audio Samples

audio1 Overhead single mic recording MA-100 carded
audio2 Kick / MA200 (2 feet) Overhead / single MA-100 in cardiod
audio3 Upright Bass (Pitz) spaced pair of MA-100s
audio4 Upright Bass (Arco) MA-200
audio5 Cello MA-200
audio6 Bass Clarinet MA-200
audio7 Breedlove Mandolin / spaced pair MA-100s (cardiod)
audio8 Telecaster > Keeley compressor > custom fender amp/ MA-100 omni
audio9 Rickenbacker 360-12 in stereo / pair of MA-100s in omni
audio10 Soprano Sax / MA-200
audio11 Female Vocal MA-100 in cardiod
audio12 All Mojave Recording / MA-200 on lead vocal / MA-100 on everything else

June Apple Dulcimer Company

(all recordings below done with spaced MA-100s in cardiod)

audio13 Bouzoukimer (Hybrid of of Irish Bouzuiki and Dulcimer)


audio14 Cellomer (Hybrid of Cello and Dulcimer)

cellomer


audio15 Praetorius Scheitolt (a medieval musical instrument of the mountain zither family)

praetorius Scheitolt


audio16 Bowed Psaltery

Bowed Psaltery


audio17 Hammered Dulcimer