Monday night the very talented Ryan Boss, supported by Comedian Paul Kopeikin, took the stage at the Hard Rock Cafe in Atlanta. Ryan played some original songs and a few covers with his signature acoustic blues style and it was a really good set. If you haven’t heard of Ryan yet, he’s definitely an artist to watch. He has a very confident playing style and he has a great vocal presence. His original compositions are highly detailed and very unique to his personality, and he finds different and new things to listen to in classic songs. He’s got a natural talent for sure, and we’ll have videos from the evening and more photos posted soon, and maybe even another shoot with him next month.
One of the things that made the night extra special was the Focusrite ISA 428 MkII microphone preamp that we have been testing recently. We had only used this piece of gear once before at the Bolder Monkey session, so it’s still new to us, but last night we really heard what a difference it makes. While setting up for the show the sound check was already underway when we suggested that we put the ISA 428 MkII in the signal path. Once dialed in, there was an extreme change in the strength, tone and quality of the sound. It gave the music a velocity and an immediacy that had a very big impact on Ryan’s ability to connect with the audience, in that he was presented to their ears with an increased clarity and expanded presence. The preamp created a tone and a sound that enabled a more profound connection between the artist and listener, which is the whole point of making music in the first place. Having now heard a “before and after” in a controlled environment, we were able to hear what a tremendous impact the ISA 428 MkII has on sound and we cannot recommend this piece of gear any more enthusiastically.