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

Gumbo

Interview

 

Music producer and Dallas native, Gumbo has been in the music industry for over 15 years, bringing his passionate, unique and wide-reaching sound palette to every project he touches. He is one third of the acclaimed SoufWest production team, based in Dallas & Los Angeles.

Music production called him from the time he was 3 years old when he began playing keys. His musical credits include such artists as: PartyNextDoor, Gladys Knight, Wale, 2 Chains, Fetty Wap, Kirk Franklin, Eric Bellinger, Lyrica Anderson, and many more.

Where did music production come into the picture in your life?

I started out as a musician. I played drums and I played the piano and I loved the songs that I created so I thought, How can I capture that feeling of making that music? So I watched some videos, got some machines and put it all together.

"I had to get a dope space to give you that creative vibe. Because you have to have the vibes and the vibes have to be right. And you just lock in and go in."

Being as you are a recording artist, you sing and you’re a producer, what are some of the challenges you faced in recording spaces as far as vocals go.

You have to be careful about the space where you record your vocals because if you don't have the right studio equipment or the right type of space your vocals can sound amateur, you know. So that's why you have to have a good vocal booth. You have to have certain things to compliment your microphone in order to capture that sound that you're looking for. That means you will need some kind of studio acoustic treatment. So if you’re recording in a home music studio you need to have some acoustic traps around your space to control your environment.

So as a producer, has it been challenging if you receive badly recorded vocals from other artists?

"There is a challenge when artists do send you the right vocals and they recorded at another space outside of where I record at. You have to do more work. You have to add more compression you have to do more EQ. That's the real challenge that I face"

The Kaotica Eyeball would help so much in those kinds of situations. It's the perfect portable studio booth. Because the time you save not having to tighten up the sound by trying to get rid of all that added noise and unwanted ambiance on the track, you can just focus on the vocal performance and choosing the right takes to give you the vibe you’re after to complete the track and make it the killer song you envisioned all along.

I’ve been on the beach, recording in a beach house with a recording artist, Eric Bellinger and with the crashing waves the mic can pick all that up. But with the Kaotica Eyeball, it cut all of that out. Me and my homies went to another room to produce and we were laying down vocals in an open space and it sounded like you were in a tight room as though we had recorded in a real studio booth. It's the perfect compliment to your portable recording studio. I recommend everybody get one. For sure it would make things so much easier. So much easier. No challenges.

Would you say the Kaotica Eyeball has changed your workflow in a positive way?

"The Kaotica Eyeball is the future"

It's a benefit using the Kaotica Eyeball. It cuts out a lot of extra noise and it focuses more on the dynamics of your vocals and you get to capture everything. I’ve been able to take my Eyeball with me to sessions in a home music studio and walk away with a track that sounds like it was recorded in the big recording studio. The Eyeball has allowed me to travel to wherever the artist is feeling a vibe and has made it possible to work from a place of pure freedom. It’s magic when you can work like that, you know. I like that I can set up anywhere because I’m travelling with this mobile vocal booth.

"It’s like a portable booth to go, know what I’m saying?"

So can you explain why vocals are so important to a song?

Vocals are important because you want to capture that expression. You want to capture the passion and then the lyrics; what the song is saying. And you need great quality vocals too in order to achieve that. That's how important it is.

Without vocals it's just music but we need the best of both worlds

With the vocals and the music. A song is like a tapestry and you need those different colors of sound and the different patterns and shapes of the rhythms and beats to come together into one cohesive picture. The vocal is the focal point that allows you to see the whole tapestry. The vocal paints the mood, you know. It sets the stage for the emotions the sing is going to deliver. The other elements build the framework for those emotions to come through from. 

What advice would you give to up and coming producers?

"Producers, you have to invest in yourself and you have to invest in your craft."

You have to learn what makes you different and exploit that feature. You’ve got to be able to deliver the goods when they call on you to drop the dope track. So practice your craft 24/7, you know. Become the expert. And don’t expect anyone to hand you this career. It ain’t going to happen like that. You have to stop begging for a handout. Stop getting bootlegs. You have to invest because all you're doing is investing into your future. And if you continue to get handouts what you're saying is you don't believe in yourself. That’s the difference between someone with talent and someone who is making a name for themselves in the business. A lot of people out there got talent but can’t find a gig. The difference is the one who believes will always find their way.

"So invest in yourself. It will pay you back in ways you never imagined!"

 

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