Mojave Audio was founded in 1985 by David Royer as a “one-man, custom pro audio gear shop.” Needless to say, Mr. Royer went on to found Royer Labs, but has resurrected the Mojave Audio name as a home for his condenser mic designs.
The company’s first two products began as tube-circuit mods for popular FET condensers.
All the company’s products are manufactured and tested in China, in some cases using components provided by Royer to the manufacturer. Additional testing is done in the US.
See the sidebar link to the Mojave Audio Story for more.
There are some jobs that condenser microphones excel at, and there are other jobs where ribbon microphoness are the obvious choice… I got interested in doing ribbon microphones because if you’re recording trumpets, for instance, condenser mics will tear your head off, given half a chance. But for other applications, a small-capsule omni capacitor mic will save your bacon.
So I felt that the marketplace needed good examples of both,at reasonable prices. With Royer, the decision was made early on to focus on ribbon microphones. So I saw no choice but to start the second company to deal with condenser mics.
The manufacturing philosophies are different between the two companies, because the Mojave mics are a compromise between performance and price, and the Royer mics are “price no object” product.
The emphasis on quality and on performance is common to both companies.
As for Mojave, I wanted to make a statement too, that it can be made in China but with a hybrid of Chinese manufacturing and American ideas on quality: a world class microphne can be made at a reasonable price.
Current Mojave Audio Microphones
- Mojave Audio MA-100
- Mojave Audio MA-101 FET
- Mojave Audio MA-200
- Mojave Audio MA-201 FET
- Mojave Audio MA-300
- Mojave Audio MA-301 FET