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

Sean Paine

Interview

Sean Paine, part time rapper, full time and highly sought after recording engineer and quietly business savvy entrepreneur, is a name you need to know if you’re looking for the people who are moving and shaking up the ATL scene.

A graduate of Full Sail University, Paine worked his way up through the hip hop ranks from assistant engineer at Atlanta’s Patchwerk Studios to landing the gig as the go-to engineer for Radric “Gucci Mane” Davis. He has since become Mane’s right arm while the star rapper was serving time in prison.

Much of that had to do with the fact the Paine’s got skills that go far beyond the mixing board.

Gucci saw Paine’s work ethic and organizational skills and pegged him as the right man for the job of keeping the Gucci Mane brand squarely in the public eye while he was “away”. From behind prison walls, Gucci Mane guided Paine, giving him the arduous but enviable task of putting together a steady release of stellar material culled from Mane’s vault filled with the fruits of his prolific work ethic. (The man has released over 100 mix tapes!)

Paine took the initiative to get on the phone and secured major features with a veritable who’s who of rap superstars, including Snoop Dogg, Jadakiss and Migos, to name a few. Mane had hundreds of verses already in the can and would drop some the verses speaking from a prison phone. Then Paine would seek out the artists to feature from those “sessions”. In two years, Paine dropped 30 mix tapes on the world!

But Paine’s many talents have spread far and wide, having also graced the tracks of Lil Wayne, Young Thug, 2 Chainz and Future. His rising star has also caught the attention of major industry execs. Atlantic Records prez, Craig Callman, called on him to consider an A&R spot, seeing Paine’s obvious ear for fresh young talent.

Meanwhile Sean Paine, the independent and prolific artist in his own right, has also been hard at work putting out a steady stream of material on his own that includes the mixtapes, Good and Bad, Lions, Tigers and Bears and Oh My in 2016. People talk about his crazy work ethic but Paine gives all the credit to Gucci Mane.

“This guy is a fucking machine. Ain’t nobody outwork Gucci in the studio, period. That’s where a lot of people get their work ethic from.”

With a music track record like that you might not guess that Paine has got a background in finance and a burning desire to go to Harvard. Inspired by his grandfather, who started with nothing and built a two billion-dollar business, Paine says he wants to become a black billionaire.

It seems like Sean Paine is only just getting started and his music brand may be but one of many flags he plants in the fertile soil of entrepreneurship.

 

Kaotica sat down with Sean and let him riff on his beginnings and finding his path to the driver’s seat.

 

How did you become a producer/engineer?

Well, I started out as a young kid messing around with my older brother. He was into music. He had a little tape recorder and we would record ourselves. And with tape, you had to get it all right the whole time you know. You couldn’t mess up.

And then we got into Pro Tools, the very first one. That was kind of a learning curve for me learning how to follow the signal flow and all that. I kind of started like a young egg just watching, learning, you know. Seeing the music culture and wanting to be involved in it.

 

So at the level you are at now, how do you use the studio as an instrument?

"I mean you know those are the speakers, these are the references right here, my ears. I think my ears are the best instrument I use. But having a room that’s acoustically treated certainly helps."

 

How important is the vocal to the track?

The vocal is the main part of the track in my opinion. It’s the core. Sometimes I just focus on the vocal first. And then feel the beat and bring the elements in all around it. The vocal is half the battle if you ask me. That's the most important part. If you hear garbage in then garbage out. You hear like background noise or maybe some extra little bit of white noise in the microphone and it's just not acoustically sound or has extra reverb because you didn't have a vocal booth and recorded in a closet or maybe a home music studio without any studio acoustic treatment. It just takes away from your mixing capabilities. You kind of have to mix around it. So I think the cleaner the vocals the more control and more creative you can get with the mix.

 

How has the Eyeball impacted your workflow?

"It helped my productivity on the road for sure. You know like when we just went overseas me and Gucci could pull it up in a hotel room."

Put the Kaotica Eyeball on and hit record. Sound like you’re here in a proper studio, you know. It takes away the whole reverb from the room sound. It's more of a clean sound as well like when you're in a real studio booth but it's a mobile vocal booth. So it doesn’t sound say like a six by nine room. Well, we do still get the ambiance of the room but it’s controlled. For that the Eyeball is perfect.

 

So think back 5 or 10 years ago or maybe even 15. What advice would you give to that self?

I would have said ‘we got to invent the Kaotica Eyeball!’ I mean you go from buying mattress covers at Wal-Mart to getting into the real soundproofing stuff and you spend hundreds of dollars. But you could just isolate all that just by putting the Eyeball around the microphone. It's like nobody thought of that and that would have saved a ton of money. And workflow, your space. You can just take it anywhere you like. Like if I’m feeling creative right now I can sit on my stool right here and go. You can just create now with the snap of your finger. Like that.

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