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Music Gear Review: Mojave Audio MA-1000

The Mojave Audio MA-1000 is a large-diaphragm multi-pattern tube condenser microphone and the first model in Mojave’s new Signature Series line. The MA-1000 has an original new old- stock 5840 (EF732) subminiature pentode tube, a 1-inch diameter 251-style capsule and a custom-designed transformer built by Coast Magnetics. The MA-1000 includes a remotely controlled and continuously variable polar pattern control knob located on the included power supply.

To facilitate recording loud sources, the MA-1000 has a switchable -15dB attenuator pad and also a switchable low frequency roll-off filter reduces excessive low frequency buildup due to the proximity effect when close miking vocals and instruments.

I like the stylish future-primitive look of Mojave Audio’s new Signature Series micro- phones—the chrome, red badge logo, black body and shock mount look impressive!

The Mojave Audio MA-1000 sells for $2,995 MSRP.


BARRY RUDOLPH is a recording engineer/mixer who has worked on over 30 gold and platinum records. He has recorded and/or mixed Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hall & Oates, Pat Benatar, Rod Stewart, the Corrs and more. Barry has his own futuristic music mixing facility and loves teaching audio engineering at Musician’s Institute, Hollywood, CA. He is a lifetime Grammy-voting member of NARAS and a contribut- ing editor for Mix Magazine. barryrudolph.com