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

Focus Producer

Bringing the Booth with Me

Interview

 

Atlanta is such a smoldering hotbed of talent that sometimes it’s hard to keep up with the mile long list of noteworthy creators who are shaping the music scene today within these city limits. Bernard Edwards, Jr., professionally known as Focus, is one of those people. He is a veteran music producer, originally from New York City, who has since claimed Atlanta as his chosen main digs.

Focus became a known quantity in the music business when he joined forces with Dr. Dre's Aftermath Entertainment, in 2002. He grabbed Dre’s attention when an artist Focus had produced, Daks, greatly impressed Dre. So much so that he signed Focus just so that they could continue to collaborate.

Since that time he has produced tracks for an impressive list of star studded artists, including Dr. DreEminemSnoop DoggChristina Aguilera, BeyoncéKendrick Lamar,and a whole lot more. Focus also worked closely with Dre and others to help craft Dre’s Grammy nominated, highly anticipated album Compton

You could say that Focus has the groove in his blood, emanating from deep down in his DNA.

After all, his father, the late Bernard Edwards, was the bass player and co-founder of the legendary disco and R&B band, Chic, whose other co founder was another very famous producer, Nile Rogers. Focus credits his father with instilling his love of music production, a skill he acquired at a very young age from attending numerous studio sessions with his dad.

We sat down in the studio with Focus and he was gracious enough to share his talent and his insights with us on the subject of making music happen in the recording studio.

You were kind of brought up in the game, hanging out in recording studios at a young age. How would you say you use the studio as your musical instrument?

"As far as the studio is concerned there’s way more going on in here than just music making. It's a therapy for me. It's a therapy session. I get to come in here and be myself to the fullest."

There's not one thing that I don't utilize to make music, be it sampling or…I have a nice little collection of CDs and have a little collection of vinyl. I got rid of a lot of my vinyl because I was moving back and forth. It was too much to lug around. You know if I'm using my voice or use my studio microphone I'll put my mic on and in like two seconds start doing something vocally. So there's really nothing that I kind of bound myself to because there’s no one set way for me to make music. It just depends on the mood.  

 

How important is the vocal to the song?

I think that the most important part of any song is the vocal unless it's an instrumental record. My favorite instrument in a studio is the voice because the voice can go anywhere at any given time. And there's so much you can do with it. So much texture that you can create with it. So I've always said that my favorite instrument to play with is a vocal. I don't think that there's anything less important in a song. They all play their position. But if you're going to make a song a composition with the vocal then the most important thing would have to be the vocal I would think.

 

How has the Eyeball helped your art?

"First off, the Kaotica Eyeball made me sexy in all the studios because I was the first to have one."

Second thing. Every time I pulled the thing out everybody wanted to know where to get it because I was the first to have it.

"But when it comes down to it the Eyeball made it easy to set up a portable recording studio anywhere and made it easy for me to grab a vocal anywhere. I would just keep up a portable mic."

I had a portable iRig mic and I threw that Eyeball on there and people thought I was using a studio mic just because it sounded so tight and so clean. So it was part of my rig after that and it was easy to bring around with me. It's my mobile vocal booth. I just throw it in the bag or I keep it in the box. Just understand that I was sexy in the studio first off. Everybody thought it was a mic when I first brought it in. They were like ‘Yo, what kind of mic is that?’

 

What inspires you to make music?

"One thing I would love for everybody to understand is that music is supposed to evoke emotion. Music is supposed to be emotional. It’s supposed to be a spiritual engagement between you and whoever the composer is."

And for some reason the creativity in music has disappeared. Everybody's doing the exact same thing. There's too many people doing the same rolling high hat, the same 808 snares and things like that. Nobody's really pushing the boundaries of texture anymore. One thing I do know that the Kaotica Eyeball, if you're going to do things outside of your studio you can bring this with you and cut a vocal anywhere. It's like a vocal booth to go.

"Somebody could get inspiration standing next to a babbling brook."

You can be outside and really cut a vocal You can be somewhere and if you need to do any kind of focused vocal or focus point you can use the Kaotica Eyeball. It's very transportable and I think that if anything it will help you with creativity.

So many people want to make the next hit record and don't understand that a lot of those hit records weren't made after another hit record. They weren't copies of another hit record. They were making what they felt in that moment. So it's very important to keep creativity at the helm of whatever you're creating. That's how we create.

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