A Neumann TLM 49 microphone was selected by Dale Pro Audio for the hip-hop studio that was created in the recent November 11th “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.”
Billy Joe Marrero, the eldest of five children, is an aspiring DJ, musician and songwriter who has dreamed of being able to help his ailing father achieve financial stability through his creative efforts. David Roman, technical support applications engineer, Dale Pro Audio, says, “We were looking for a reasonably priced, good looking, great sounding mic that would really make this kid happy. From what we had heard he was into hip-hop, so assuming he would be doing electronic beats or sampling we figured there was going to be a lot of emphasis on the vocals so we had to give him a decent vocal chain, and the Neumann TLM 49 is a reasonably priced, but high-quality microphone.”
Explaining the choice of microphone, he says, “Number one, it’s a Neumann. Everyone in the business knows what that name means in microphones.” The TLM 49 is a relatively new addition to the Neumann product line, he notes. “Not too many people have checked it out yet, because it’s fairly new, but it’s a great sounding mic. Also, it looks impressive, and we were trying to get this guy something that would also look cool.”
Roman, Kevin Huppert, and James Bentley were the principal designers and installers of the studio system. Dale Pro Audio owners Valerie and Michael Lager, general manager Tim Finnegan and other staff members, as well as numerous other audio equipment manufacturers, also contributed to the project, which involved the “Extreme Makeover” team constructing a house from the ground up in just seven days.
Neumann’s award winning line of microphones has set the standard in the industry since 1928. In 1999, Neumann received the prestigious Technical Grammy® for their 70 years of innovation in microphone design and contribution to the music industry. A continuing commitment to provide innovative, technically refined products and engineering solutions of proven quality ensures that Neumann’s stature will remain unassailable.