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
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Stephen "DotCom" Farrow

Recording on Tour

Interview

 

A veteren of the music industry and the Atlanta music scene, Stephen "DotCom" Farrow is a Grammy nominated recording and mix engineer. His career began in the Alabama hip hop scene in the early 2000's. He went to Omnitech for digital media and in 2014 became recording engineer for Quailty Control Studios. He has worked with a vast array of rap and hip hop artists, including  Lil Yachty, Migos, Lil Baby, Katt Williams, 21 Savage and Blac Youngsta. 

 

What would you tell your younger self to help them get to where you are now faster?

I would definitely tell myself not to get to a point in time when I want to give up. I have to say that in my lifetime I worked the number of jobs from banker to warehouse. To stocking shelves so I've definitely you know had my fair share of giving up moments but I would definitely say don't give up. Stay loyal. Don't burn your bridges because that's what definitely helped me to get this far.

"And just be an all around good person. Being a good person, a loyal person will get you a long way."

 

How did you become a record producer?

When I was 15, 16 I was in high school. Me and a buddy of mine we had a group I don’t even remember the name. And basically we found a studio with real studio equipment in Montgomery, Alabama and went there to record the song. We didn't know what we were going to record we didn't have a beat. First time in the studio and they had a drum machine playing a drum beat. We went in and did a song. They charged us like $500 for like three hours. And from that period on I just realized that was what I wanted to do because of the money.

 

How do you use the studio as your musical instrument?

"Well I use the studio as my sanctuary, my retreat."

Like I say even though I have this beautiful facility to work here I have set up at home. And that's the first thing I did when I got home. I run up the stairs and go straight to the studio. Sometimes I don’t even check on my kid because she's 13 now so I know she’s probably on Snapchat. I don't know man it's just the smell and the hum of the studio equipment and just the solitude.

"Knowing that you know I can be as creative as I want to be and not have anybody judge me personally."

 

How important is the vocal to the track?

In my opinion, and I kind of say it is biased me because I was born in San Diego so I'm an 80's baby you know I was into jazz and rock and funk and all you know real live instruments. So in my opinion nowadays the vocal is really not as important as it used to be because as long as you have a beat along the beat slaps and you know they got a catchy hook, a lot of times you could just mumble through the verses and that was the birth of the mumble rap.

So it's like the kids nowadays they learn how to use their voice as an instrument more so than they did back in the day they used to talk about it back and they say use your voice as an instrument. But now these kids actually use their voice as their instrument.

"The moaning and the hums and you know just all those sounds, The vocal is very very important but the lyrical content is not as important as you might think."

 

How does the Eyeball play into the flow of recording?

These kids, they their strong point might not necessarily be their lyrical content but they might just be crazy with ad libs. Thug is a great example of that. I remember we were on tour with the Thug tour. We had set up a portable recording studio. And I had to record Thug in the bus and we had to use the Eyeball. And I didn't notice when we were recording. You know we were on the bus. I got on headphones. He’s got on headphones. But when I went back to the hotel and listened to the playback, just the warmth of his ad libs his breathing, you know the consonants he was saying. It was captured so well on the Kaotica Eyeball that that's really what excelled his career because if you think about it a lot of times people don't understand what Thug says but they just vibe with his melody because he rides the beats so well he uses voice as an instrument. The Eyeball is like the best mobile vocal booth

"But one thing I can definitely say before we started recording with the Kaotica Eyeball, all those breaths and things you’re trained to cut out, we started using more of those imperfections because they sounded cool."

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