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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...
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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...
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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...
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Recently I bought a couple of the Sage Mic Pre’s and two of their Bova Ball Microphones. I wasn’t sure what to make of those strange looking mics when I saw them online, but why not find out? First, I have only used them on one session plus a little experimentation, not yet enough to...
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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...
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Be careful where you put Bova Balls. You will want more of them. Terry Manning of Compass Point, then Bahamas Posted to REP ~ Forum: Budget? Budget? We Don’t Got No Steekin’ Budjet «» Posted On: Sat, 02 September 2006 18:20 «» By: compasspnt 
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Hi Janet and Phil, I hope someone gets that Bova from you. they are incredible microphones! like your head, only mono…. and smaller…. and gray….. on a mic stand… They seriously kick ass every time I put them up. I have never, not ever, never one time put up a bova ball and then decided...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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 ProSoundWeb.com Anatomy of a...
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… The congas were mic’d in two ways. For my initial tracking experiment, I had put a Sennheiser MD-402U, a hyper-cardioid microphone with a very gentle high end rise, right between the two conga heads, very close, trying to give the other guys some conga sound in the cans as they tracked. Then for the...
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Yes, I have three of the NT-4’s, and love them for stereo usage. You have also hit upon my other favourite “unknown” mic, the Bova Balls. They are amazing. And also a big hit when people see them. The Bova (Sage) mic pre’s are excellent as well.   Terry Manning Compass Point Studios, then Nassau...
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I recently got a pair of Bova Balls from Sage. I haven’t needed to use anything else for OH’s since. Phase coherence is superb no matter how they are positioned, they don’t have the hyped upper mid’s that so many modern mic’s have and they are tank like in their build quality. From Canada too....
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I really like my Bova Ball microphones (and the Bova preamps), but I have unfortunately not tried them on orchestra, or in D-tree config. Must do that. They have been very good on percussion, acoustic guitar, piano, and even lead vocal (used as “ambient” mic in conjunction w/U-47, but when solo’d, would have worked fine...
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I’m in a band called Get Him Eat Him (http://www.gethimeathim.com); we’ve done two full-length albums and a handful of self-released and home-recorded EPs. Here are two tracks from our last album Arms Down where we wound up mixing the Bova Ball room mic way way up: Joel Hamilton used the Bova Ball as a room...
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This is Steve Sopchak, a Bova Ball user from NY. I think it has been about two years since I purchased my first Bova Ball from you, though my memory of the exact date is a bit fuzzy. I just wanted to let you know that it has continued to be one of the most...
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Janet, just thought i should send you a quick line about the Bova Balls now that I have had a bit of time to become aqcuanited with them. First off, love them. I have been using them primarily as overhead’s for kit but also a few other unexpected roles. As overheads I have found them...
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Hey Janet, Thanks for the nice words on the Remember Tomorrow stuff! They actually just got signed to a decent sized independent label based off of those recordings, and I just got word this morning that the work we did together will be re-released with national distribution on May 26th. I’m really excited for them!...
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I use the Bova extensively on acoustic guitars I record these days and the results are nothing less than stellar! Colin Cripps   Colin Cripps musician and record producer Kathleen Edwards, Colin James, Jim Cuddy, Sarah McLaughlin, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, Sarah McLachlan, Justin Rutledge, Bryan Adams via facebook
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Hey Janet, I just had the chance to mess around with the pair for a little while. I am definitely thrilled with them. I can’t quite put my finger on the right way to describe them, but they have a vibey-ness associated with them that is instantly pleasing and detailed. I honestly can’t believe I...
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Hi Phillip,I wanted to let you know I use one of your Bova Balls regularly for doing acoustic guitars and it works fantastic! A really useful and unique microphone. Beautifully made as well Cheers, Colin   Colin Cripps musician and record producer Kathleen Edwards, Colin James, Jim Cuddy, Sarah McLaughlin, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings,...
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Can I send you some cash in advance to ensure, (or should I say ENSURE) I’m first in line for a DI hot off the press? I’m about to come into some free time, and my guitars miss me, and there’s history to be made! by the way, the se-1 – 57 – Gibson chain...
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I am still positive that they are the strongest link in my whole recording system.   George and Britta go studio / Déja Vu
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Its Michael Hynes here with my initial impression of your mic-pre’s (WOW). I am very pleased with the sound of my Sadowsky Bass and can only imagine what the drums are going to sound like. Thanks so much for a great product,   Michael Hynes Four Faces Media
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“The Sage SE – Pre1 has that beautiful, open, “transformerless” sound in spades. It’s a very quiet pre, which is nice with my SM7, and the fast transient response has been great for drums. Sum a few channels of most anything recorded with this box, and you’ll appreciate how a special pre makes for less...
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I’d like to thank you and Phil for the use of the pre-amps this past weekend. They were a joy to use and listen too. I am just getting around to listening to the beds that we recorded and the instruments that went through the sage pres sound awesome!   David Dudley Dave’s Drums /...
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we have some pretty sweet gear including 2 api 7600 ch strips, a manley voxbox, a gt vipre, one ua 6176 ch strip, great river mp2nv and a drawmer 1969 to compare the sage pres too. first of all i really like them, period. secondly for the price of the mp2nv we added four of...
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Hello Phil. Thanks for the info. Okay, I’ll admit it I’m drooling. I went over the spec sheet and our Electronics tech was looking over my shoulder. I swear he almost started crying. He’s a big Neve head and I have never seen anything impress him as much as your pre’s.   Steve Wagner CyberAudio...
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I couldnt stop gushing about the pre’s at this years TapeOp conference. I was on one of the main “big” panels this year, and I was honored that so many people wanted to talk to me! The pre is amazing. I really dont think they will be leaving this studio, in fact, Tony and I...
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I love it! thank you so much…   Ray Canapini redcable
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Hello Janet! SE-Pre 1 173333 arrived just on time for it’s first session. Musicians are very happy, producer is very happy, engineer and studio owner (uh.. that’s me!) is very very happy!!! Thank you again.   Benoit www.studioklaxon.com
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Totally amazing amounts of headroom, super great sonic “signature,” and crazy good build quality. They look fun, too. Customer service is some of the best i have ever even heard of. Really amazing people.    Joel Hamilton Studio G posted to Tape Op Message Board Forum Index -> Gear Talk: Mon Mar 20, 2006 
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as posted to http://homerecording.com/bbs ~ June 18, 2005 “The seventh circle stuff is ALL really good it seems. I have tried the API clone, and the N72. I like the API better, and I have a brent averill 1272 and a vintech x72… The N72 was just boring. it works, but nothing fun… The API...
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hey all, … over the weekend i had some time to really dig in with the new pres. i first used them while tracking some electric guitars. the close mic’s sound was full and clear. great body and tone. also used them for some ambient room sound, and this is where the se-pre1 really began...
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I cant say it enough: Sage electronics SE-1 mic pre. So amazing. I cant believe they go for as little money as they do. I carry them with me even when i am working in a neve room. They have become my #1 kick and snare pre’s. I also like them on, um… everything and...
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On the plane…. SE-1’s safely packed in their new pelican case, just so I can go anywhere with them!!! Will report in after the session. Keep in mind this is a well known neve room I am working in for the next 10 days! It is called “tiny telephone” in sf,ca….google knows it… Sincerely, Your...
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… Anyway, thought you’d like to know. I was tracking until about 3am last night, and the sound was just beautiful. It’s a little strange at first to hear the mic signal come through the headphones, with no coloration.. I thought I’d experienced that before but apparently not. And the relatively imperceptible noise level kind...
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Your pres have the same sound that preamps did in the mid 60s … during music’s golden age when console manufacturers spent money to use discreet electronics that produced a richer fatter sound … no one does that these days Yours have a quality of sound … an expanded frequency response … we marry them...
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Hey Janet And Phil I just wanted to say holy f$#Ck sh^(*&T the preamp really shines on drums really the best pre I have heard for kick and snare Great ! A+   Francois Lalonde Studio Piccolo, Montreal, Quebec
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ps- your equipment rules!!!!!   Michael Angeloff Michael Angeloff Music ~ Hemet, CA  
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Janet and friends — i am pretty much speechless — we tried the pre out last night on an old tune — just a couple hours of recording, essentially pointing microphones without much care, just to see what the pre could do. the results are amazing — clear, open, fantastic. who knew that a single...
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Oh, and by the way, on a whim, just to try it out, on the final vocal track I ran JB through the Sage Mic Pre. And loved it.   Terry Manning Compass Point, then Bahamas Posted to REP ~ Forum: Whatever Works – Anatomy of a Session May «» Posted On: Thu, 07 June...
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First off, amazing work you guys are doing. I just picked up a pair of SE pres from a studio that was selling some of their outboard, and hands down these are the most luscious sounding preamps my mics have ever had the pleasure of being run through!!!! Great job!!! Thanks so much,   Daryl...
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Joel Hamilton posted to TapeOp’s Gear Talk forum:   I have been using those sages for kick and snare for years now. Check out the gear list on the studio G website below. That’s the stuff i own. I use the sage’s for kick and snare on every record I produce/engineer. Every single one. No matter...
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Posted by Harmony Central News on Aug 12, 2009 1:00:00 AM sage ELECTRONICS® introduce its long-awaited SE-DOT5 RED and BLUE (pure class A and class AB) discrete opamps — direct replacements for the 2001 and 2003 opamps found in classic MCI 400 series consoles. Designed by sage ELECTRONICS founder / record producer Phillip Victor Bova...
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Posted by Harmony Central News on Apr 21, 2003 1:00:00 AM sage ELECTRONICS has introduced the SE – Pre 1, an elegantly simple discrete ‘class A’ mic preamp. Designed by record producer / studio designer Phillip Victor Bova and hand-constructed on a one-off basis for home, project and commercial studios as well as touring producers,...
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Posted by Harmony Central News on Feb 4, 2005 1:00:00 AM New from sage ELECTRONICS is the SE-BB1 electret condenser microphone, the first in a series of studio recording mics fondly known as bova balls. Designed by sage ELECTRONICS founder / record producer Phillip Victor Bova and hand-crafted on a one-off basis for home, project...
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