Compatible Mics

AKG C214
AKG
C214
Regular Eyeball
AKG C3000
AKG
C3000
Regular Eyeball
AKG C314
AKG
C314
Regular Eyeball
AKG C414 XLII
AKG
C414 XLII
Regular Eyeball
AKG C414 XLS
AKG
C414 XLS
Regular Eyeball
AKG P120
AKG
P120
Regular Eyeball
AKG P220
AKG
P220
Regular Eyeball
AKG P420
AKG
P420
Regular Eyeball
Aston Origin
Aston
Origin
Regular Eyeball
Aston Spirit
Aston
Spirit
Regular Eyeball
Audio-Technica AT2020
Audio-Technica
AT2020
Regular Eyeball
Audio-Technica AT2020USB+
Audio-Technica
AT2020USB+
Regular Eyeball
Audio-Technica AT2020USBi
Audio-Technica
AT2020USBi
Regular Eyeball
Audio-Technica AT2035
Audio-Technica
AT2035
Regular Eyeball
Audio-Technica AT2050 (Special Instructions Shock Mount)
Audio-Technica
AT2050 (Special Instructions Shock Mount)
Regular Eyeball
Audio-Technica AT3035
Audio-Technica
AT3035
Regular Eyeball
Audio-Technica AT4033a
Audio-Technica
AT4033a
Regular Eyeball
Audio-Technica AT4040
Audio-Technica
AT4040
Regular Eyeball
Audio-Technica AT4047
Audio-Technica
AT4047
Regular Eyeball
Audio-Technica AT4047/SV
Audio-Technica
AT4047/SV
Regular Eyeball
Audio-Technica AT4050
Audio-Technica
AT4050
Regular Eyeball
Audio-Technica AT4060a
Audio-Technica
AT4060a
Regular Eyeball
Audio-Technica AT5047
Audio-Technica
AT5047
Regular Eyeball
Audio-Technica ATR2500-USB
Audio-Technica
ATR2500-USB
Regular Eyeball
Avantone BV-1
Avantone
BV-1
Fatboy Eyeball
Avantone CV-12
Avantone
CV-12
Regular Eyeball
Beyerdynamic FOX USB
Beyerdynamic
FOX USB
Regular Eyeball
Blue Bird
Blue
Bird
Regular Eyeball
Blue Raspberry
Blue
Raspberry
Regular Eyeball
Blue Spark
Blue
Spark
Regular Eyeball
Blue Yeti Mic Wired
Blue
Yeti Mic Wired
Fatboy Eyeball
Blue Yeti Pro Studio
Blue
Yeti Pro Studio
Fatboy Eyeball
Blue Yeti Pro USB
Blue
Yeti Pro USB
Fatboy Eyeball
Focusrite Scarlett Studio CM25
Focusrite
Scarlett Studio CM25
Regular Eyeball
Gauge Precision Instruments ECM-87
Gauge Precision Instruments
ECM-87
Regular Eyeball
Genesis GenesisHE
Genesis
GenesisHE
Regular Eyeball
Lauten Audio Atlantis FC-387
Lauten Audio
Atlantis FC-387
Fatboy Eyeball
Lauten Audio LA-120
Lauten Audio
LA-120
Regular Eyeball
Lauten Audio LA-220
Lauten Audio
LA-220
Regular Eyeball
Lauten Audio LA-320
Lauten Audio
LA-320
Regular Eyeball
Manley Reference Cardioid
Manley
Reference Cardioid
Regular Eyeball
Manley Reference Gold
Manley
Reference Gold
Regular Eyeball
Manley Reference Silver
Manley
Reference Silver
Regular Eyeball
MXL 2003A
MXL
2003A
Regular Eyeball
MXL 2006
MXL
2006
Regular Eyeball
MXL 3000
MXL
3000
Regular Eyeball
MXL 4000
MXL
4000
Regular Eyeball
MXL 770X
MXL
770X
Fatboy Eyeball
MXL 910
MXL
910
Regular Eyeball
MXL 990
MXL
990
Regular Eyeball
MXL 990HE
MXL
990HE
Regular Eyeball
MXL 990USB
MXL
990USB
Regular Eyeball
MXL Blizzard 990
MXL
Blizzard 990
Regular Eyeball
MXL CR89
MXL
CR89
Fatboy Eyeball
MXL Genesis
MXL
Genesis
Regular Eyeball
MXL R144
MXL
R144
Regular Eyeball
MXL R44 HE
MXL
R44 HE
Regular Eyeball
MXL Studio 24 USB
MXL
Studio 24 USB
Regular Eyeball
MXL Tempo
MXL
Tempo
Regular Eyeball
MXL USB006
MXL
USB006
Regular Eyeball
MXL V63M
MXL
V63M
Regular Eyeball
MXL V67
MXL
V67
Regular Eyeball
MXL V67G HE
MXL
V67G HE
Regular Eyeball
MXL V67i
MXL
V67i
Regular Eyeball
MXL V69 EDT
MXL
V69 EDT
Regular Eyeball
MXL V69 HE
MXL
V69 HE
Regular Eyeball
MXL V87
MXL
V87
Regular Eyeball
Neumann TLM 102
Neumann
TLM 102
Regular Eyeball
Neumann TLM 103
Neumann
TLM 103
Regular Eyeball
Neumann TLM 107
Neumann
TLM 107
Fatboy Eyeball
Neumann TLM 193
Neumann
TLM 193
Regular Eyeball
Neumann U87
Neumann
U87
Regular Eyeball
Oktava MK-105
Oktava
MK-105
Regular Eyeball
Oktava MK-220
Oktava
MK-220
Regular Eyeball
Oktava MK-319
Oktava
MK-319
Regular Eyeball
RODE K2
RODE
K2
Regular Eyeball
RODE NT USB
RODE
NT USB
Regular Eyeball
RODE NT1
RODE
NT1
Regular Eyeball
RODE NT1-A
RODE
NT1-A
Regular Eyeball
RODE NT1000
RODE
NT1000
Regular Eyeball
RODE NT2-A
RODE
NT2-A
Regular Eyeball
RODE NT2000
RODE
NT2000
Regular Eyeball
RODE NTK
RODE
NTK
Regular Eyeball
sE Electronics RNT
sE Electronics
RNT
Fatboy Eyeball
sE Electronics sE2200
sE Electronics
sE2200
Regular Eyeball
sE Electronics X1A Series
sE Electronics
X1A Series
Regular Eyeball
sE Electronics X1S Series
sE Electronics
X1S Series
Regular Eyeball
sE Electronics Z5600a II
sE Electronics
Z5600a II
Regular Eyeball
Sennheiser MK4
Sennheiser
MK4
Regular Eyeball
Sennheiser MK8
Sennheiser
MK8
Regular Eyeball
SHURE KSM 313
SHURE
KSM 313
Regular Eyeball
SHURE KSM 42
SHURE
KSM 42
Regular Eyeball
Slate Digital Slate ML1
Slate Digital
Slate ML1
Regular Eyeball
Slate Digital Slate ML1 Vintage
Slate Digital
Slate ML1 Vintage
Regular Eyeball
Slate Digital Slate Virtual Microphone System
Slate Digital
Slate Virtual Microphone System
Regular Eyeball
Sony C-100
Sony
C-100
Regular Eyeball
Sony C-800
Sony
C-800
Regular Eyeball
Townsend Labs Sphere L22
Townsend Labs
Sphere L22
Fatboy Eyeball
Wunder CM49
Wunder
CM49
Fatboy Eyeball
Wunder CM50
Wunder
CM50
Fatboy Eyeball
Wunder CM67
Wunder
CM67
Fatboy Eyeball
Wunder CM7
Wunder
CM7
Fatboy Eyeball
No Compatible Microphones Found

Eric Bellinger

Recording Hits at Home

Interview

Eric Bellinger’s rapidly expanding career as a Grammy winning songwriter, music producer, recording artist and entrepreneur came into being in much the same way you would plan to cook up a fine meal: low and slow. Simmered, not rushed. He took his time building up a career that began as a recording engineer and segued into writing songs for the likes of Selena Gomez and the Scene before making an important connection to The Game, whom he would contribute several songs to on his album, Documentary 2. He has also penned songs like Lemme See for Usher and New Flame by Chris Brown, which earned him a Grammy for his work on Brown’s F.A.M.E. album.

Bellinger stepped out on his own in 2013 as a solo artist with a mixtape series called Born II Sing Vols 1, 2 and 3 and released his debut studio album, The Rebirth in 2014, which did very well on the Billboard R&B/Hiphop charts. His is a journey that has had its fair share of twists and turns but Eric has kept right on rolling along through them all down that long and winding road to success. 

Eric, you’ve had quite a journey. Take us back to the beginning where it all began for you.

I definitely grew up a dreamer wanting to play in the NFL. I knew that I had the talent to sing but I told myself I would only sing if I was playing the Super Bowl. And they asked me to sing the national anthem. That's how far removed from actually trying to do music that I was. It's interesting because it all just came full circle.

"And that's why I had to name the first trilogy of my mixtapes, Born II Sing. This is what I was born to do and I didn't even know it."

I started off playing football, grew up in church singing. I always had it in me but I never thought this is what I would be doing. I’ve just been watching it all unfold.

"I'm proud of the long route I chose because it was the strong route."

Everything that I've done has pretty much prepped me, all the struggles, the hard times, the non-invites. Everything has prepped me to be in a position to know how to choose. You know, when you're on your grind you don't see too many helping hands. You tend to go a little bit harder in so many different areas because there's a chip on your shoulder and you've got something to prove.

And I feel like everything that I've done was just based off. ‘OK guys I guess you don’t want to help I’ll just have to do it all alone. And now that I've kind of gotten to a place where we're good, me and my manager are just like ‘Wow, bro we really did it. We really held out and did the independent thing.’

"When things were against us we just stuck together and believed in it enough to keep the persistence, to keep going one believer at a time. We’d get a new show, the price went up a bit. We got a song on the radio. Every single accomplishment was a big victory."

We never were just focused on the Grammy. Because it's like if you think that far ahead and you don't set daily goals and if you don't set things on your vision board that are actually tangible and attainable you will always feel like you're defeated.

Instead I look at it like being on the radio. That’s a great accomplishment. Congrats, we did it! OK now we just did our first tour. That was incredible. Now we actually have a clothing line and we're selling merchandise at shows and we're selling out the shows and I'm putting out albums and singles. And all of these different things, when you put it all together you have a career rather than an accomplishment. But you’ve got to first attack each assignment and each task and each goal. It's the only thing I wanted to do. God made the plan.

It’s a struggle to be the leader, right?

That's exactly it. At one point I was the engineer and I was at one point the talent that was called in to demo the song for the professional songwriter that's pitching the song to the A & R guy to play for his artist. That's a far way down the totem pole when it comes to that initial dream. Yeah, I want to go and perform at the Grammys. I want to make sure I'm getting all these awards and all this gratification from my work.

"But you really have to start at the bottom and be cool with it. So many people are in a rush to call the shots."

You have to first build up a certain asset about yourself where it's like ‘OK if I'm going to sign with your company, you guys can invest in me but I can also bring to the table this, this and this to help out your other artists.

I was never afraid about the time it might take to get to the destination. I was just excited when they called me and to sing the songs for the songwriters. Then they asked if I had any ideas for the songwriter and that I can come and just be a writer. These are so many steps that I had to take. It's like people don't even think that far back because they're just looking for their shot. They just need a shot right now.

"People don't know what it takes. They may see something that is appealing and say ‘I want that,’ not knowing what it may cost to get it."

What it may cost to keep it. What it may cost to live with not being able to sustain it because there are so many different ups and downs. So many pros and cons. If you’re not completely into what makes you happy, knowing what fulfills you, you never will be because you don't know how to even satisfy that hunger.

Circling back to the journey, what would tell your younger self that could have helped you on the journey to get where you are now?

"Be you, unapologetically and embrace the uniqueness that makes me Eric Bellinger. The more that I would try to be what I thought people wanted me to be, I would lose more of myself."

Which,in actuality, was what people would be most attracted to because it's who I am. So when people are coming to me they're coming to me for what they feel is me, not a version of me that I think that they want you know. It took me a while to realize that I had to just be myself.

No one would have thought that Cardi B would be where she's at right now based upon her initial character. But she was herself so much that that's what really made people actually feel like they could attach to her. You know that they could relate to her because they saw who she was. It wasn't a polished version of her that people thought she should be. It was just her being her. She is just one example of people being themselves and truly being able to flourish. It has to be something that's a real gift. That's what we're given. And that will result in longevity.

How has technology impacted your art?

I think technology is the wave that I've been riding since I was first introduced to Myspace, Black Planet. Those were the websites that really turned me on to the whole Internet. I came across a page that had like maybe dollar bills floating down or something like sprinkles of glitter when you load the music on their page and I’d say ‘I want my page to do that.’

It's the same approach that I use on Instagram. You can do all this cool design and I always try to be at the forefront of it because this is where we're headed. You can see the timeline of it from watching the next app blossom when it comes out. Each time I say ‘How come I didn't think of that?’ I remember after Twitter came out and I was like ‘OK that can't be.’ No way. Then seeing Facebook and then it's like Instagram. What? And then it’s Snapchat!

"It's like how do they keep coming up with these different products that can completely turn the world into a frenzy? Just by watching all this, you know that's where it's at. You've got to just take advantage, especially for me being an independent artist."

I really take it and use it to my advantage. You know from being able to be an artist that can shop directly to the consumer. I don't need a middleman. No label to notify the public that I make music. I can hit them directly you know. And combining that with a work ethic and talent and a knowledge of history and grass roots promotion at the same time, I've really been able to win big out there.

Speaking of technology, how has the Eyeball impacted your art?

"For me, I've always recorded in my bedroom like with my first Mbox."

I learned Pro Tools and everything myself. Engineering is what I started off doing first and I still like the feeling of creating in an environment that was just a comfortable vibe where I didn't necessarily have to leave the room now that I'm about to get on the mic.

Because then that means I just completely left the entire vibe. And I had to go in this dark, cold room where the headphones haven't been turned on yet. I have to just be away from everybody and then we have to completely regroup into this vibe that was already in the room with everybody else.

"With the Eyeball, I've been able to capture exactly what I needed, sonically, without having to leave the vibe you know so I think I've turned each and every one of my studios into the booth and the Kaotica Eyeball has enabled me to do so."

Any other advice you’d like to add?

Whenever I go back in and think of an idea or something that I want to do, the most important thing is to just do it because you already have a stage. And no matter if you have 10 people watching, if you have 20 people watching or if you have a thousand people watching, it's still your stage. You still have to own that stage. The performance should be the same, whether it's a stadium or a small bar.

Of course, I want to play on the biggest stage possible, Madison Square Garden. But everything that I'm already doing is everything that I've always dreamed. It kind of just took me actually realizing, saying I don't have to wait to be successful. Success is a choice and I claim it and I'm choosing to claim it. Therefore, I’m successful.

About

Eric Bellinger’s rapidly expanding career as a Grammy winning songwriter, music producer, recording artist and entrepreneur came into being in much the same way you would plan to cook up a fine meal: low and slow. Simmered, not rushed. 

He took his time building up a career that began as a recording engineer and segued into writing songs for the likes of Selena Gomez and the Scene before making an important connection to The Game, whom he would contribute several songs to on his album, Documentary 2. He has also penned songs like Lemme See for Usher and New Flame by Chris Brown, which earned him a Grammy for his work on Brown’s F.A.M.E. album.

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