Compatible Mics

AKG C214
AKG
C214
EYEBALL
AKG C3000
AKG
C3000
EYEBALL
AKG C314
AKG
C314
EYEBALL
AKG C414 XLII
AKG
C414 XLII
EYEBALL
AKG C414 XLS
AKG
C414 XLS
EYEBALL
AKG P120
AKG
P120
EYEBALL
AKG P220
AKG
P220
EYEBALL
AKG P420
AKG
P420
EYEBALL
Aston Origin
Aston
Origin
EYEBALL
Aston Spirit
Aston
Spirit
EYEBALL
Audio-Technica AT2020
Audio-Technica
AT2020
EYEBALL
Audio-Technica AT2020USB+
Audio-Technica
AT2020USB+
EYEBALL
Audio-Technica AT2020USBi
Audio-Technica
AT2020USBi
EYEBALL
Audio-Technica AT2035
Audio-Technica
AT2035
EYEBALL
Audio-Technica AT2050 (Special Instructions Shock Mount)
Audio-Technica
AT2050 (Special Instructions Shock Mount)
EYEBALL
Audio-Technica AT3035
Audio-Technica
AT3035
EYEBALL
Audio-Technica AT4033a
Audio-Technica
AT4033a
EYEBALL
Audio-Technica AT4040
Audio-Technica
AT4040
EYEBALL
Audio-Technica AT4047
Audio-Technica
AT4047
EYEBALL
Audio-Technica AT4047/SV
Audio-Technica
AT4047/SV
EYEBALL
Audio-Technica AT4050
Audio-Technica
AT4050
EYEBALL
Audio-Technica AT4060a
Audio-Technica
AT4060a
EYEBALL
Audio-Technica AT5047
Audio-Technica
AT5047
EYEBALL
Audio-Technica ATR2500-USB
Audio-Technica
ATR2500-USB
EYEBALL
Avantone BV-1
Avantone
BV-1
FATBOY
Avantone CV-12
Avantone
CV-12
EYEBALL
Beyerdynamic FOX USB
Beyerdynamic
FOX USB
EYEBALL
Blue Bird
Blue
Bird
EYEBALL
Blue Raspberry
Blue
Raspberry
EYEBALL
Blue Spark
Blue
Spark
EYEBALL
Blue Yeti Mic Wired
Blue
Yeti Mic Wired
FATBOY
Blue Yeti Pro Studio
Blue
Yeti Pro Studio
FATBOY
Blue Yeti Pro USB
Blue
Yeti Pro USB
FATBOY
Focusrite Scarlett Studio CM25
Focusrite
Scarlett Studio CM25
EYEBALL
Gauge Precision Instruments ECM-87
Gauge Precision Instruments
ECM-87
EYEBALL
Genesis GenesisHE
Genesis
GenesisHE
EYEBALL
Lauten Audio Atlantis FC-387
Lauten Audio
Atlantis FC-387
FATBOY
Lauten Audio LA-120
Lauten Audio
LA-120
EYEBALL
Lauten Audio LA-220
Lauten Audio
LA-220
EYEBALL
Lauten Audio LA-320
Lauten Audio
LA-320
EYEBALL
Manley Reference Cardioid
Manley
Reference Cardioid
EYEBALL
Manley Reference Gold
Manley
Reference Gold
EYEBALL
Manley Reference Silver
Manley
Reference Silver
EYEBALL
MXL 2003A
MXL
2003A
EYEBALL
MXL 2006
MXL
2006
EYEBALL
MXL 3000
MXL
3000
EYEBALL
MXL 4000
MXL
4000
EYEBALL
MXL 770X
MXL
770X
FATBOY
MXL 910
MXL
910
EYEBALL
MXL 990
MXL
990
EYEBALL
MXL 990HE
MXL
990HE
EYEBALL
MXL 990USB
MXL
990USB
EYEBALL
MXL Blizzard 990
MXL
Blizzard 990
EYEBALL
MXL CR89
MXL
CR89
FATBOY
MXL Genesis
MXL
Genesis
EYEBALL
MXL R144
MXL
R144
EYEBALL
MXL R44 HE
MXL
R44 HE
EYEBALL
MXL Studio 24 USB
MXL
Studio 24 USB
EYEBALL
MXL Tempo
MXL
Tempo
EYEBALL
MXL USB006
MXL
USB006
EYEBALL
MXL V63M
MXL
V63M
EYEBALL
MXL V67
MXL
V67
EYEBALL
MXL V67G HE
MXL
V67G HE
EYEBALL
MXL V67i
MXL
V67i
EYEBALL
MXL V69 EDT
MXL
V69 EDT
EYEBALL
MXL V69 HE
MXL
V69 HE
EYEBALL
MXL V87
MXL
V87
EYEBALL
Neumann TLM 102
Neumann
TLM 102
EYEBALL
Neumann TLM 103
Neumann
TLM 103
EYEBALL
Neumann TLM 107
Neumann
TLM 107
FATBOY
Neumann TLM 193
Neumann
TLM 193
EYEBALL
Neumann U87
Neumann
U87
EYEBALL
Oktava MK-105
Oktava
MK-105
EYEBALL
Oktava MK-220
Oktava
MK-220
EYEBALL
Oktava MK-319
Oktava
MK-319
EYEBALL
RODE K2
RODE
K2
EYEBALL
RODE NT USB
RODE
NT USB
EYEBALL
RODE NT1
RODE
NT1
EYEBALL
RODE NT1-A
RODE
NT1-A
EYEBALL
RODE NT1000
RODE
NT1000
EYEBALL
RODE NT2-A
RODE
NT2-A
EYEBALL
RODE NT2000
RODE
NT2000
EYEBALL
RODE NTK
RODE
NTK
EYEBALL
sE Electronics RNT
sE Electronics
RNT
FATBOY
sE Electronics sE2200
sE Electronics
sE2200
EYEBALL
sE Electronics X1A Series
sE Electronics
X1A Series
EYEBALL
sE Electronics X1S Series
sE Electronics
X1S Series
EYEBALL
sE Electronics Z5600a II
sE Electronics
Z5600a II
EYEBALL
Sennheiser MK4
Sennheiser
MK4
EYEBALL
Sennheiser MK8
Sennheiser
MK8
EYEBALL
SHURE KSM 313
SHURE
KSM 313
EYEBALL
SHURE KSM 42
SHURE
KSM 42
EYEBALL
Slate Digital Slate ML1
Slate Digital
Slate ML1
EYEBALL
Slate Digital Slate ML1 Vintage
Slate Digital
Slate ML1 Vintage
EYEBALL
Slate Digital Slate Virtual Microphone System
Slate Digital
Slate Virtual Microphone System
EYEBALL
Sony C-100
Sony
C-100
EYEBALL
Sony C-800
Sony
C-800
EYEBALL
Townsend Labs Sphere L22
Townsend Labs
Sphere L22
FATBOY
Wunder CM49
Wunder
CM49
FATBOY
Wunder CM50
Wunder
CM50
FATBOY
Wunder CM67
Wunder
CM67
FATBOY
Wunder CM7
Wunder
CM7
FATBOY
No Compatible Microphones Found

ThaKracken

Producer | Jagged Edge - Lecare

Interview

Dallas based music producer, ThaKracken, may have a problem finding space for all the industry awards he has accumulated. His widely acclaimed productions have graced the albums of a star-studded cast that includes Jermaine Dupri, Jagged Edge, Lecrae, Lloyd, Pleasure P, Cee Lo Green, Cherish, Bun B, KeKe Palmer and many more.

He has three Grammy nominations with Karina Pasian, Bow Wow/Omarion and Lacrae. The RIAA certified Gold single for Jagged Edge “Good Luck Charm” was nominated for an American Music award for best R&B Favorite R&B/Soul Band, Duo or Group. ThaKracken made Hip Hop History with Reach Records’ artist Lecrae, who released his Grammy nominated album “Rehab.” The album sold over 25,000 in the first week and was #17 on the Billboard Top 200 and #1 on the Christian and Gospel Charts, making Billboard history for a Faith Based Christian Hip Hop artist.

His chameleon production style has shown up on many other hit songs like Cherish’s 2006 hit song, Do It To It, which received an ASCAP Pop Music Award in April 2007 for most played song. And in 2012, he contributed his production talents to Lecrae’s Grammy award winning album “Gravity,” which charted at #1 on the BillBoard Hip Hop Chart. Since then, ThaKracken has worked with every artist signed to Lecrae’s Reach Records label. He has placed more than 25 songs with major TV shows and films and as a collective work, has sold well over 1 Million albums, garnering 3 Stella Awards, and 1 Dove Award.

ThaKracken is a multi-talented, multi-instrumentalist, who can truly do it all in the studio. It’s not that he was born this way. He simply believed that a music producer was supposed to play all the instruments so he taught himself to do so.  

How did you become a music producer?

I became a music producer out of curiosity. I would listen to music and hear all those different parts and instruments and thought like, Oh I'll play a few of those. Why not try that one. So I thought that's what music producing was at the time, you know. So that's what got me going. And I was hooked ever since.

So Kracken, how is the recording studio like a musical instrument for you?

"I mean. It's my NASA station. It’s where I do everything. It’s life for me. And within that station you got all the important tools to create whatever you have inside your mind at the moment."

What are some of the challenges you’ve encountered getting vocals back from other artists?

Usually, the engineer and I will spend time trying to take out all the extra background noise. Whether it be from room noise, maybe the room wasn't treated enough. To where they sound like they're in the bathroom. Put it this way it's easier to add reverb didn't take it away. That’s just some of the pitfalls of a home music studio. They’re often missing that studio acoustic treatment or a proper vocal booth.

How has the Kaotica Eyeball helped you with your workflow?

"Well I'm all about the mobile. So for me it's like having that portable sound booth in your back pocket. I can run around town and take it away with me on flights to whatever city I'm going to be in, including hotels."

And I'm good. So the Kaotica Eyeball has really made it easy for me to just record anywhere and at any time that I want. (See how Eric Bellinger uses the Eyeball to record anywhere). It's the perfect mobile vocal booth.

How important are the vocals to the making of a hit song?

Well, one of the things I think make a hit song is vocal presence how it feels because how it feels will dictate how I may make the audience feel. So to make that feel right you've got to capture it right. So that's why I think Kaotica is great for that because you can capture that great sound that may turn into a hit record. It's like the perfect tool for your portable recording studio.

What advice would you give to other up and coming producers?

Invest in yourself. Invest in your craft and learn the business.

Why is music important?

"It's life for me. Music is definitely an outlet, a way for me to just get everything out that I have in me to express. And it's a universal language. And I like speaking the language of music."

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