Live from the wasa-corner
with Dave Richards
Sound designer, engineer, musician
Dave Richards is a US-based tinkerer of sounds with an ever-growing number of credits for TV and film to his name. Having worked on shows such as Kitchen Nightmares and, more recently, The Man in the High Castle, he knows what he's talking about.
With that in mind, we thought he was a prime candidate for a brain-picking.
"I have this image in my mind of four vocalists standing around [the greasy jack] all holding it together. I’m sure the universe will come into alignment that day!"
Wasaphone collection: Wasaphone Signalman, Wasaphone Maroc, Wasaphone Greasy Jack
Q.1: What song have you got going around your head today?
Born of Frustration by James. Haven’t heard it in years but it’s stuck in my head for some reason.
Q.2: How did you first stumble across Wasaphone?
I frequently comb the internet for unique or vintage microphones. One day while shopping for a birthday gift for my wife, I found this cool lo-fi mic builder from Maine on Etsy. Now I search there periodically. That’s how I found Wasaphone!
Q.3: What have you been up to with your Wasaphone mics?
So far, I’ve only used them on vocals and one guitar session but I have plans to try them out on a few delicate acoustic instruments.
Q4: Are there any specific projects you’ve worked on where the Wasaphones have added something a little bit different?
I used one as an additional layer of guitar amp on an ad for a local brewery.
Q.5: What do you think your Wasaphone mics will bring to your future recording sessions, and do you have any specific projects in mind for them?
I have an upcoming project that requires zombie voices/growls/growns/walla which I plan on creating with a fancy plug-in but I want to experiment with the Wasaphones in capturing the source material.
I’m excited to try out the Greasy Jack on harmonica and on a neat little reed organ I found at a second-hand store.
I’d also like to try out the Greasy Jack for recording several vocalists at once. I have this image in my mind of four vocalists standing around it all holding it together. I’m sure the universe will come into alignment that day!
Q.6: If you were giving a Wasaphone microphone as a gift, to whom would you give it?
I’d give one to Bob Paquette at the Microphone Museum. I’ve never met the man, but he seems like he’d appreciate one.