|Dennis Dragon the Producer, Audio Engineer, Drummer, Video Cameraman / Director / Editor, and Surf Punk has performed and played with Beach Boys, Byrds, Rick Springfield, Ron Elliot, Rockin' Foo, Joyous Noise, Captain and Tennille, Surf Punks and many more!
Dennis currently runs The Studio @ Pacifica, formerly the Steve Miller Band Studio, in Oregon
...from Dennis Dragon, on Peluso microphones:
I have been "in the biz" since the mid-sixties and have used and owned some of the world's best high-end condenser microphones. Even though the recording medium has changed, there will never be a substitute for a great mic. I am currently operating in a world-class studio in Southern Oregon (www.thestudioatpacifica.com) and am constantly staying on top of what is current and usable for my needs.
When auditioning the 2247 LE, I immediately realized it was "there" as a world class mic and purchased one. As a "go to" tube vocal mic, it is now usually my first choice. It has a very neutral quality with that "tube warmth".
Shortly after that, I contacted John Peluso by phone and "compared notes". I became aware of the fact that he is extremely knowledgeable in his field and dedicated to the philosophy of providing exceptional quality and performance at a realistic price.
This being said, I had been in the market for a pair of mics that were similar in sonic qualities to my long-gone Neumann KM-84s. It turned out that the Peluso P84 SK was just that, with better maximum SPL specs and a great price. To drum overheads to miking a violin, it does it all with sonic accuracy.
My latest "discovery" was in dealing with female vocalists. After again speaking with John, I mentioned a microphone I used for this purpose in the past was a Neuman M 49 B with great results. He mentioned if I was aware of his P49. I said "no" and he sent me one for evaluation. I was not disappointed. This mic has a "silky" quality very reminiscent of the old Neumann and really great on the gals. I am now the proud owner of this mic as well!
Summing it up; John Peluso makes a great product for a reasonable price. Thanks, John!
Dennis Dragon was born one of five children to Hollywood symphony conductor / orchestrator, Carmen Dragon and his wife, soprano singer Eloise. At the age of five, he was "bangin' on the drums" with brothers Doug and Daryl at the keys. Shortly after that, piano lessons were introduced to help round out Dennis' musical abilities.
From an early age, Dennis played in various bands. One of the first bands Dennis played in, "The Malibu Music Men plus One," featured a very young Natalie Cole as lead vocalist . His first "paying gig" was at age twelve, where he and his two brothers performed at a wedding reception. For the next thirty years, Dennis played professionally as drummer and percussionist from bars to studios to large-scale concerts. Some of the more notable bands he has played with on the road and in the studio have been The Beach Boys, The Byrds, The Captain & Tennille (his brother Daryl is "The Captain"), Neil Young, Rick Springfield, and many others.
At a recording session at Capitol Records with his brothers in the early sixties, Dennis became interested in the technical process of recording and pursued the art of audio engineering. He began recording at home, collecting microphones and audio gear. Before long, he was recording song demos and soundtracks for action sports films.
He and his brother Daryl produced over thirty soundtracks in his Malibu bedroom!
PRO AUDIO RECORDING:
In the mid-seventies, he got a call from his brother Daryl to engineer the first Captain & Tennille record at A&M Records. The result was a long string of hits and a Grammy award for "Love Will Keep Us Together," Record of the Year, 1975. This opened the door to professional audio engineering/producing gigs for many years to follow, and Dennis found himself working with the likes of Lou Adler, Carole King, Johnny Rivers, Cheech and Chong and many more. He opened up his own recording studio in Malibu and was "booked solid."
PRO VIDEO PRODUCTION:
Around this time Dennis also tackled video. He began shooting and editing industrial videos, music videos and commercials. In 1976, he formed the zany rock band "The Surf Punks" and utilized all his talents simultaneously. He produced, engineered, drummed, sang, wrote tunes and produced videos for the band. The group was signed to Epic Records in 1980 and had a "wild" ten year run!
Throughout the eighties to the present, he has been in and out of audio and video studios, producing records, videos and soundtracks. In 1994 he co-created, produced and directed the music television show "Locals Only". Featuring up and coming live talent from the West Coast, the show has been broadcasting in Santa Barbara, the Bay Area and Seattle on Fox and UPN. Dennis has now relocated from Southern California and is doing business in Southern Oregon at The Studio at Pacifica.
When auditioning the 22 47 LE, I immediately realized it was "there" as a world class mic and purchased one. As a "go to" tube vocal mic, it is now usually my first choice. It has a very neutral quality with that "tube warmth".
Dennis adjusts the 22 47 LE
for Alice DiMicele
MacKenzie Park in studio
with the 22 47 LE
The Surf Punks
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