Grammy®-Winning Mixer/Engineer Rafa Sardina Purchases Matched Pair of Telefunken ELA M 12s

Pictured at AES 2004 are (L-R) Telefunken North America CEO Toni Fishman and multiple Grammy –winner Rafa Sardina.  Photo by David Goggin.

San Francisco, AES 2004 – Seven-time Grammy-winner mixer/engineer Rafa Sardina has purchased a matched pair of Telefunken NA’s Ela M12 recreations of the classic microphone manufactured in the 60s and considered one of the most desirable of the classic condenser tube microphones.  Sardina’s impressive client credits include Macy Gray, Jessy Moss, Dr. Dre, Luis Miguel, Sheryl Crow, Marc Antoine, Angie Stone, Alejandro Sanz.

Because all microphones have slightly different nuances and subtleties, a perfectly matched pair requires meticulous manufacturing standards and extensive performance testing.

” I see my work much like a photographer’s,” says Sardina, “as transparent as possible when required but always providing the creative edge to affect the song and performance in a positive way. To achieve that goal, I like to create a comfortable and inspiring environment using the best acoustics and tools available – especially the finest microphones, the first step in getting a great recording.”


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