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Three albums recorded with Lauten Audio mics nominated for Grammys

Family-owned microphone manufacturer Lauten Audio has made its mark on the upcoming 65th Annual Grammy Awards with three Grammy-nominated artists utilising its microphones on their nominated projects: Snarky Puppy’s Empire Central, Marren Morris’s Humble Quest and Gov’t Mule’s Heavy Load Blues.

The ceremony, which takes place on February 5 at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles, will broadcast live on CBS and Paramount+ at 8pm. EST.

Marren Morris’s album Humble Quest has been nominated in the Best Country Album category, marking Morris’s seventh consecutive year receiving a nomination.

The artists’ third studio album hit #2 on the Billboard Country Album chart in its first week and went on to break the Amazon Music record for first-day and first-week streams by a female country music artist.

Producer Greg Kurstin used two Eden LT-386 microphones to capture Morris’s vocals as well as nearly all of the album’s acoustic guitars and some drum kit elements.

The Eden LT-386 is the pinnacle of Lauten Audio’s microphone designs with three distinct vintage and modern tube microphones packed into a single, hand-finished enclosure.

Four-time Grammy Award-winning Jazz collective Snarky Puppy also utilised Lauten Audio microphones on their Best Contemporary Instrumental Album-nominated full-length Empire Central.

Engineer Nic Hard used 26 Lauten Audio microphones on the group’s 14th album, including the LA-120, LA- 220, Atlantis FC-387, Clarion FC-357 and the LS-208.

The wide gamut of Lauten Audio mics were chosen for their off-axis rejection–critical in a complex tracking setup featuring three drum kits–and ability to shape sound at the source.

The session setup included three complete drum kits, where each tom was recorded with its own LA-220. Hi-hats were captured with LA-120, and a Clarion was used for the outside kick drum duties. Multiple Atlantis microphones were also chosen to capture percussion overheads and solo trumpet.

Southern rock jam band Gov’t Mule, founded by Allman Brothers Band guitarist Warren Haynes and bassist Allen Woody, worked with engineer John Paterno on their latest album Heavy Load Blues, which has been nominated for Best Traditional Blues Album.

Paterno employed his LS-208 Noise Rejecting FET condenser microphone to record all of Haynes’ vocals, noting the microphone’s unique ability to capture live vocals with the isolation and definition of a studio condenser.


Check out the full nominees for the 2023 Grammy awards here.