Contact / About
Contact me with your questions regarding order processing, prices, shipping, etc. : firstname.lastname@example.org
Who - Michael Joly, OktavaMod Founder - and now with a staff of dedicated mic mod technicians
What - With 9500+ shipped and field-proven orders, Michael Joly Engineering / OktavaMod is the most well-known and trusted microphone engineering service worldwide
Where - Cape Cod, Massachusetts (shipping worldwide via secure and affordable US Postal Service)
Why - RISK-FREE, affordable alternatives to the U47, U67, U87, KM84 and 4038 with prompt and personal service
When - 20 years of studio microphone engineering and 35 years of analog audio product engineering
Boutique microphones are all I do. I don't play out, build houses, work in a studio, duplicate CDs, do concert photography, record live shows, no mastering, no teaching, no presentation graphics or gear pimping on forums. I design, engineer and upgrade studio microphones. Only. For 20 years.
Clients say their customer service experience is just about the best they've ever had - anywhere. It you ask a concise question, you'll get a quick and concise answer. If you ask nuanced questions and provide some details of your recording life you'll get an appropriate response.
Once in a while a wicked-intense email avalanche hits me - it might take a day or two to dig out. Generally you'll get a same-day response. But just know I'm here whether you want a quick pricing answer or an in-depth dialog.
Why - Affordable U47, U67, U87, KM 84 and Classic Ribbon Mic Alternatives
My love of microphones started in 1968 when I got my first open reel tape recorder (a 3" reel Craig) and a couple of Shure 545 mics (SM-57 precursor). Along the way, I've done audio product and sound design work for Stars Guitars and Haight-Ashbury Community Radio in San Francisco, the Lucasfilm THX commercial cinema program, dbx Inc. sister company Kintek Inc., the Swedish Film Institute, the Beijing Arts Centre, the Guangzhou Friendship Theatre, Media Systems - Boston, NBC Television, Transom.org and the Public Radio Exchange.
Clients, Awards and Press -
Since 1994 my microphones have found their way to chart-topping engineers such as Damian Taylor (Björk), Rob Schnapf (Beck, Elliot Smith), KRAMER (The Fugs, Half Japanese, Bongwater, Shockabilly, Ween, Butthole Surfers, Pulp Fiction soundtrack...) and Adam Lasus (Clap Your Hands Say Yeah). 9500+ indie and major label artists, engineers and producers have joined the Michael Joly Engineering roster.
Michael Joly Engineering microphones were profiled in Tape Op Magazine issue #59, at Wired.com (1/12/2011), SonicScoop.com (1/14/2011) and a high-performance ribbon mic — the Michael Joly Edition Cascade Gomez, won Electronic Musican Magazine's 2009 Editor’s Choice Award.
The Michael Joly Engineering Microphone Modification Process -
If you decide to go ahead and have your mic modified just order from my online shop - you'll get an immediate acknowledgement with our shipping address. Now with three assitants on staff our lead time has been reduced to 1 week for most orders. Please inquire about our exact lead time if you have important sessions booked.
Once scheduled just have your package reach me before your mic modification date. Mics are modified on the day scheduled and shipped via US Postal Service Priority Mail (2-3 days) or International Priority (about 6 days) the next business day.
If you are buying a new mic - you will receive an automated acknowledement then notification from the US Postal Service when we ship your mic after the customary lead time.
About Oktava Mics in Particular -
When the Oktava MK-219 appeared in the West in 1994, a high quality large diaphragm condenser microphone was within the reach of the average project studio recordist. It sold for around $550 at that time (almost $800 in today's dollars) and was considered a great value at that price!
Now, with so many excessively bright, sound-alike, look-alike and flawed low-cost copies of German designs, Oktava microphones are new classics. They're not copies of anything. They're proudly different - researched, developed and manufactured in a factory in Tula, Russia that has been making high quality microphones continually for 80+ years.
I used to drive a 1957 Renault 4cv - a 747cc, three-speed, water cooled, 4 door car designed by Ferdinand Porsche. That might tell you something about my affection for endearingly simple technology and elegant engineering. Oktava microphones embody these ideals. My modding work is a labor of love. I love these little tanks of tone. To hold an Oktava microphone is to hold hands with workers in metal and sound - a sound shaped by the unique history of Tula, Russia and its people.
Other Microphones Too -
While I started my business by upgrading Oktava mics and originally called my company OktavaMod for that reason, I'm now widely diversified and upgrade many different condenser (SDC and LDC), ribbon and dynamic mics from ADK, AKG, Apex, Avant, BLUE, CAD, Cascade, Gauge, MXL, Nady, RODE, Stellar et al.
And now I'm busy bringing out my own line of Michael Joly Engineering mics as well.
If you decide to go forward you'll get the benefit of working with a guy who's spent his entire career as a pro audio design engineer. "Michael Joly Engineering" means you will enjoy the best client experience and best results.
If you'd like to own a limited edition, hand made recording tool created by a craftsman with an irrational love of microphones, please drop me a line. best,
Michael Joly - Cape Cod, Massachusetts
phone: four one three, six two seven, five five one three
Michael Joly Engineering / OktavaMod
1336 Phinneys Lane Suite 1-1
Hyannis, MA 02601