About Dren McDonald

Dren McDonald is a composer, musician, sound designer and engineer working in the game audio industry. He has produced soundtracks and sound design for numerous games on several platforms from his studio in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is also the resource manager and newsletter editor for the Game Audio Network Guild (GANG), the world's largest organization of game audio professionals. Follow Dren on Twitter: @drenmc

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Posts by drenmc

Cathedral Guitars Fat Head Ribbon Review

I recently had an opportunity to try a new ribbon microphone from Cathedral Guitars. The mic is basically a mod on the Cascade Fat Head platform; the Chinese transformer in the standard Fat Head is replaced by an AMI TR42. I already have a Fat Head with Lundahl transformer in my mic shoe box, so […]

Posted:Sunday, February 28th, 2016
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Recording the String Arcade

What do you get when you combine a string quartet, classic video game theme music, and a location recording rig in a church with 25-foot ceilings? Read about Dren Mcdonald’s “String Arcade” project.

Posted:Saturday, April 19th, 2014

Cloudlifter CL-Z Review

Lately, I find myself quickly skimming a lot of my Twitter feed. There seems to be a lots of talk about Mad Men and Game of Thrones. I haven’t had time to enjoy those shows yet, so I’ve taken to professional tweet skimming. But a tweet from @recordinghacks mentioning the new Cloud Microphones Cloudlifter CL-Z […]

Posted:Wednesday, May 9th, 2012
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beyerdynamic MC930 and Lewitt LCT-340 SDC Review

Dren McDonald compares three great FET condensers on 6- and 12-string guitar, mandolin, and all manner of percussion instruments. Hear the beyerdynamic MC 930, the Lewitt Audio LCT-340, and the Oktava MK 012 in this extensive review.

Posted:Sunday, June 26th, 2011
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