Grammy-nominated producer/engineer on setting the stage for inspiration with his favorite go-to microphones
North Hollywood, CA, September 30, 2021 — When producer/engineer David Spreng became the co-owner of Dave’s Room, the beloved North Hollywood recording studio founded by Grammy-winning producer Dave Bianco, he was determined to carry on the latter’s legacy for curating a comfortable, artist-friendly creative space. He and partner Paul Fig have built off Bianco’s original concept by making Dave’s Room a vibey and well-stocked musical clubhouse that has attracted a veritable who’s-who of top musical talent, including Bob Dylan, Lucinda Williams, Alice Cooper, and Bette Midler. In order to guarantee that all of this creativity is captured in exquisite detail, Spreng utilizes a go-to microphone setup consisting almost entirely of Mojave Audio microphones.
Setting the stage for creativity
A major part of Bianco’s original vision for making Dave’s Room the ultimate creative space for artists was assembling an enviable stockpile of vintage and modern instruments and recording equipment in order to put everything at their fingertips. Spreng and Fig have taken that to heart as the current studio owners and have carefully designed the layout of the studio to make all of these tools both enticing and accessible to artists while still allowing for an efficient workflow for producing and engineering. “We laid out the studio in such a way that you can walk right in and start recording — everything you need is here,” he explained. “It’s how I like to work because it makes the artist feel comfortable and allows them to start being creative right away.”
From an engineering and production standpoint, Spreng sees this ‘over-preparedness’ as essential because it allows the artists to work naturally and intuitively — chasing the ideas that feel the most inspiring in the moment. His workflow and choice of studio tools allow him to make the most of those discoveries once they have entered that creative flow state. “Capturing those ideas as they happen helps set the creative momentum for a session, and really encourages people to do their best work,” he said. “From an engineering standpoint, you want to make sure that you’re using the best tools to capture all of that so the sound they are getting keeps that inspiration flowing. For me, those tools are very often Mojave Microphones.”