Lead Singer of One Republic Records With New Ela M 251
Cleveland, OH — Ryan Tedder, best known as the lead singer of internationally acclaimed One Republic, booked sessions at Ante Up Audio and recorded with the new TELEFUNKEN USA Ela M251 classic reproduction of the legendary tube condenser microphone. Ante Up Audio has a collection of choice microphones which includes two of the new Ela M251s, plus two M16s, an AK47, an M80 and an RM-5C ribbon mic, all new models from Connecticut-based TELEFUNKEN USA.
“We totally love these new microphones,” says Michael Seifert, owner and chief engineer of the Cleveland facility originally founded by his father Bruce. “If you go with the old extremely expensive originals, it’s hit or miss; they are either incredible or they suck. These new mics are totally built with the spirit of the past but with the reliability of new materials. With TELEFUNKEN USA you get the best of both worlds.”
Singer/songwriter Ryan Tedder debuted the phenomenally successful band One Republic in 2007. The first single, “Dreaming Out Loud,” set a North American record for the most radio airplay in one week. In addition to worldwide success with his band, he has penned popular songs for Natasha Bedingfield, Jennifer Lopez, Hilary Duff, and Leona Lewis, among others. While in Cleveland at Ante Up Audio, Tedder worked on new material for One Republic, as well as tracks for Kelly Clarkson’s new album.
“Ryan is very knowledgeable abut microphones and has worked a lot with vintage Neumanns,” explained Michael Siefert. “He know what he likes and he pulled me aside to tell me how much he liked the new 251 from TELEFUNKEN. He found it very easy to get some good takes done and also complimented us on our studio, after working in over 40 studios around the world last year.”
Having been, literally, raised in his father’s recording studio, multi-platinum award winning producer/engineer Michael Seifert developed an appreciation for high-end audio gear at an early age. Michael never missed an opportunity to sit in on his father Bruce’s sessions, which included work for LeVert, the O’ Jays, Trent Reznor, The Dazz Band, and Neil ZaZa among others.
The Ante Up Audio recording and production complex located in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, houses two exquisitely designed studios, one equipped with a vintage 56-channel Neve console and one with a fully-restored SSL 4000 with Total Recall Automation. A long and ever-growing list of clients includes Tori Amos, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Francis Ford Coppola, Fountains of Wayne, Chimaira, Gerald Levert, J. Mascis, Al Fatz, Robert Lockwood Jr., Chuck Mosley (Faith No More), American Greetings, MTV, Warner Brothers, Atlantic, Sony, Interscope, and numerous others.
When the Seiferts set out to expand the mic collection, they turned to the experts at TELEFUNKEN USA. “These microphones are a welcome and worthy addition to our collection,” says Bruce Seifert. “I couldn’t be happier with our new mics. They meet and even exceed the sonic quality and “vibe” of any vintage tube mic I’ve ever owned or use, and I don’t have to sift through a dozen or more ‘vintage’ mics to find one that actually sounds like it’s supposed to.” adds Michael.