So glad that the Sage saga continues

Bova Ball condenser mic

This sounds exciting. So glad that the Sage saga continues. Last night I walked into our A room where Joel is recording and saw the Bova mics set up in front of the drums. They sound amazing in that room. It was also great to see all four of our Sagpre’s in action on the […]

Small but mighty

Your Mighty G DI has an incredible sound and is so easy to use! Small but might is the best way I can describe it.

Recording Magazine reviews the MIGHTY G d.i. box

active direct box

And then there’s the gear under review! In this issue we bring you reviews of a very flexible and powerful DI from Sonic Farm, a hot cabinet mic from Sontronics, and a whole bunch of guitar-friendly gear from Roland/BOSS, Sage Electronics, Radial Engineering, Zoom, and more. There’s even a new spring reverb plug-in from PSP […]

sage ELECTRONICS flexes some muscle

active direct box

 Published in: AudioTechnology, the magazine for sound engineers and recording musicians May 10, 2013 Based in Canada, Sage Electronics has released the SE-D.I.3 MIGHTY G DI Box. Designed by Quentin Meek of QZIC Engineering Inc. in partnership with Sage Electronics’ founder Phillip Victor Bova, the Mighty G is a palm-size direct active DI box featuring […]

it’s my little secret weapon

Been using my Mighty G for a few years at live shows/ recording sessions & it has never let me down. People always comment how good my acoustic guitar sounds. It’s my little secret weapon. Thanks guys Marc Charron via facebook

you can hear the string vibrate … the beginnings and ends of all the notes

The passive box sounds really small and like you’re in a different room with the instrument.  The MIGHTY G you can hear the string vibrate … the beginnings and ends of all the notes … the sounds of my fingers on the strings … It’s amazing.             Adam Fogo bass guitar and viola da gamba […]

the Mighty G changed how i feel about my guitar

I am now intimately involved with my d.i.- The Mighty G changed how i feel about my guitar. Sound guys are surprised and intrigued every time i shove it up my axe … hahahhahaheehee It makes my 600 dollar guitar sound like 1200-, and i LOVE the juicier more powerful sound coming out of my acoustic. Keep […]

I love the sound of your Mighty G DI on the CP-70

Hi Janet and Phil, I recently worked with friends from Puremagnetik, a subscription sample instrument company, to re-create my Yamaha CP-70 … they do really cool stuff. I love the sound of your Mighty G DI on the CP-70.  It really made a big difference relative to other DI’s in my place, and of course, […]

brings out the best in an acoustic guitar

I found that it had a very flattering and natural way of bringing out the best in an acoustic guitar. High end clear and concise, low mids in check and no unnecessary embellishment. No matter the speakers, a warm and brilliant result every time. A tube flavor seems apparent .. In the studio, the convenience […]

plugging in the Mighty G made me want to do 3 things:

record more instruments direct replace what i thought were acceptable pickups play more more more!   (and get better) the sound is as big as the item is small this afternoon i made a very terrible “music” everything was 1 take (well maybe 2) i played the same “song” (god it’s bad) first with the Mighty […]


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Ottawa, CANADA – May 2, 2013 – sage ELECTRONICS® is proud to present the world’s most direct box ~ the SE-D.I.3 ~ MIGHTY G™ Designed by Quentin Meek of QZIC Engineering Inc. in partnership with sage ELECTRONICS’ founder Phillip Victor Bova ~ the MIGHTY G is a palm-size truly direct active d.i. box […]

thanks for taking the time & energy in developing these wonderful products

I use the EQ and you can actually hear a 2db change at 10k. It’s clearly evident that Philip has improved the performance of these circuits without affecting that good ‘ole punchy MCI sound. This old MCI lives again and we’ll be doing a lot of mixing through it soon. Thanks for taking the time […]

don’t waste your time figuring out what else you could use

Wow, buy them. Don’t waste your time figuring out what else you could use. Use that time working to save up for them. Well worth the cost. as posted to ‘MCI Consoles’ forum 7/20/09 by charlesaustin Austin Music Studios

if you own a 400 series MCI, you can completely hot rod the thing with minimal effort now!!!

Post subject: MCI owners take note!!! This is awesome…. http://www.sage-2021.local/images/SE-DOT_5A-5AB_opamp2.pdf One of my favorite companies on the planet just put up a new product on their website… A discrete replacement for the IC’s in MCI 4xx series consoles!!! I am hoping that this discrete opamp could be modified to live in other vintage consoles as […]

nothing like a first impression

Got the Bova Opamps today, they are very big. Probably 1inchx1inch. Nothing like a first impression. I will post files later. as posted to gearslutz ‘so much time so little gear’ forum 7/21/09 by charlesaustin Austin Music Studios

let me just say that these MCI pres are killer

In regards to the MCI 400 416 428 etc with the bova discrete opamps. I wanted to wait until it was available on his site to post this, and I will make a full post of its own soon. I did a sample for his web site. A pro tools file (available to download) shooting […]

it clearly sounded better than both a UA-la610 and a vintec x73i

Hi, I wanted to let you know the samples are done. I am more impressed with your product than I was before. Not only does it put the 2001 to shame, it clearly sounded better than both a UA-la610 and a vintec x73i. Both of which are pretty expensive pieces (although the ua does not […]

the people at sage are AMAZING

Below is a thread as taken from TapeOp ~ Recording General Forum 5/05 Joel Hamilton ears didn’t survive the freeze Joined: 19 May 2003 Posts: 3815 Location: NYC/Brooklyn Posted: Mon 02.05.05, 10:10 pm Post subject: Sage electronics Just about to get my “bova ball” finally. I am really looking forward to that microphone. Check it […]

The Ball is amazing. Period. LOVE it

The Ball is amazing. Period. LOVE it. Everyone was freaking out about it. Used the ball with a Manley VTL tube reference mic pre,Pultec EQP1 (creative custom) and a neve 33609 limiter for a room mic. Simply amazing. I think I need to get another one soon, as I am in love with this mic. […]

quality gear that sounds great

I have been absolutely loving the Bova Ball, and i really, really love the Sage electronics mic pre. They have become my “go to” kick and snare pre’s. So open, and HUGE. Even in a big room with a neve or API I would use the Sage pre’s on the kick and snare for sure. […]

one Bova Ball mic is simply not enough

Well, it is obvious to me that one Bova Ball mic is simply not enough. I want a second one. Lets do it! BTW, so far all the acoustic guitars on the new Sparks album are using the ball. Some with the Hamptone mic pre and some with a Universal Audio pre. Kudos! Also, we […]

it’s wonderful that Mr. Bova called here to check on the microphone

it’s wonderful that Mr. Bova called here to check on the microphone. Everyone has been marveling over it, and I’ve found it to be marvelous sounding, especially on percussion! I’m debating now whether to buy one or two more. … I think the design is great, and love the way it looks and sounds. … […]

these things have a magic attached to them

I just tried out my new Bova Balls on acoustic guitar and must say I’m very impressed. They are “kinda” Omni and although I use omni on acoustic guitar quite a bit these things have a magic attached to them. They claim that the ball shaped housing (like the DPA) captures the higher frequencies in […]

sage electronics “bova ball” kicks ass

———————————————————————— Sage electronics “bova ball” kicks ass. I have one. I have had one for a while. i have two channels of their pre as well. Awesome people, awesome gear through and through. ——————– as posted to; EQ Magazine Forums » Use Your Ears » 10-03-2005 11:32 AM by Joel Hamilton Member # 45521 has […]

totally my perfect omni

Joel Hamilton says: The Bova ball is one of the most amazing omni mics I have ever used… period. Spherical omni condenser with discrete FET support circuitry= HUGE. As room mics, they are unequalled. Really: un equalled. SO open, but super flattering at the same time. Like a more flattering earthworks TC30k, or a less […]

they freaking rock

I just got a duo of Bova Ball mics and i am completely hooked. They freaking rock. Kevin ‘Fibes’ Rose Elevated Basement Studio as posted to r/e/p ~ psw forum Fri, 02 September 2005

quite a stunning microphone I must say

Hello Phillip and Janet, Received the Balls right on schedule and in perfect working order. Quite a stunning microphone I must say. I had lots of comments from the band concerning their appearance and several questions concerning how they work! We had a chance to use them as room mic’s during a straight ahead full […]

incredible on many sources

Sage electronics “BOVA ball.”…. 579 CDN, so … like 500? $USA? ish? My favorite omni microphone. A spherical omni mic like if your head was mono… Totally amazing for anything where an omni is appropriate, and even some jobs where it really isn’t, because the spherical thing makes certain frequencies more directional than others…. incredible […]

the imaging is incredible

So tonite i tried my omni Bova Balls as overheads. There was a spot right over the front of the kit that was magical, i placed them there and know i could make the entire drum sound out of ’em. The imaging is incredible. Posted to Use Your Ears forum at MusicPlayer Forums by FIBES […]

it is just like your head, only mono

Scodiddly wrote: Hey Joel, how’s the Bova Ball worked for you so far? Building a sphere mic is on my (now incredibly overstuffed) to-do list. Love it. I have used the bova ball on almost every drum kit I have recorded since i got it. It is already on like 9 full records, and a […]

captures transients clearly and has terrific frequency detail

This is truly a unique mic, it is gently omni directional, is phantom powered, captures transients clearly and has terrific frequency detail. We loved it so much we bought 2 more! The Bova Balls, have found a happy home here recording acoustic guitars, stereo piano, drum overheads, and cymbals. Andy Snavley Bendy Music + check […]

Janet and Phil spared no effort or expense to make it right, immediately

maxim wrote on Thu, 20 July 2006 03:36 terry wrote: “other mic/pre combo …in conjunction with a U-47 through an old Neve” two mics on vocal: common technique? just summed in the mix, or filtered first? Not a common technique with me. I generally prefer ONE MIC on most any source, especially vocals. However, I […]

the only mic NOT making any wind noise was the SE-BB1 Bova Ball !

Hi Janet and Phil, I want to take the opportunity to say hello and let you know how much I love the Bova Balls. They have been used all over the studio with great success as overheads on drums (perhaps the clearest drum recording i’ve ever made), as conga mic’s (my personal favorite application) they […]

I love the preamps and the Bova Ball is my new favorite microphone

Hey Janet! Hope all is well. I finally got a chance to track some stuff with my new sage gear and it was truly music to my ears, pun intended :)- I love the preamps and the Bova Ball is my new favorite microphone. I like it so much that I’m going to start bringing […]

and am really chuffed with it

Hello again and congratulations on your new arrival- he’s a cute little thing. I finally had a chance to try out the Bova Ball and am really chuffed with it. It’s made a big difference to my little setup here. I’m using it with a Charteroak sa538 on acoustic guitar and vocals and getting nice […]

damn those are some magic balls

I did a cello session last night and was amazed at the combination of SM-2 up high and a set of Bova-Balls in ORTF about 3-4 feet out front. Damn those are some magic balls. Fibes Posted to REP – Forum: M.A.R.S., the Musicians And Recording Stuff forum! «» Posted On: Wed, 21 September 2005 […]

here is the BovaHeadLady herself

And here is the BovaHeadLady herself, new and improved over the old tape box, as she stared pensively down upon the Horns. She was a good listener. The guys wanted to name her “Sharon 2007,” but I’m not so sure yet.   Terry Manning Compass Point Studios, then Nassau Bahamas from Anatomy of a […]