David Bock, founder owner and chief engineer of Bock Audio, is a long time studio tech by trade who was the chief tech at Ocean Way, Hyde Street and Hit Factory during the heyday of the 80s and 90s. His work included maintaining, repairing and tweaking studio vintage microphone collections used daily for their client recording engineers. Understanding how a vintage mic worked and why it sounded the way it did was part of David Bock’s unique studio experience.
David became involved in microphone manufacturing in the 90s at Soundelux Studios, in Hollywood. David developed the idea of “new vintage microphone production” here which began with the advent of the Soundelux U95, and evolved to include many successful models such as the Soundelux 251, E47 and E49. David went on to launch Bock Audio in 2007, building upon his successes at Soundelux. Today Bock Audio looks very much like vintage microphone production shops of the 30s and 40s we all know: small and focused on high end product, working by hand with many custom designs and innovations, building very small batch quantities, designing to a sound rather than a price point. The beauty of Bock Audio is that owner is in his lab every day, touching every microphone, involved in every step, running the show. No shareholders or committees here, this is the stuff of pro audio legend.
Inside every Bock microphone is a collection of very high end and unique-to-Bock parts influenced by experience rather than textbooks. The direct knowledge of the studio of what made two great vintage mics sound different from each other proved invaluable to David in designing Bock Microphones. All brass hand built hand tensioned capsules with the more robust 6 micron diaphragms, offer transparency without artificial brightness. Multisectioned Bock design transformers offer a deeper and smoother low end than found in any other production microphone. Inductor based old school power supplies offer dynamic range for our discrete audio amplifier and longevity for our tubes that is only found in vintage models. The sum of Bock’s unique parts and David’s design make a big difference in inspiring and capturing a great performance.
Bock manufacturing employs all hand construction techniques with mics all built 5 or 10 at a time using techniques that are impossible to execute in high quantity. Bock mics are easy to repair and service. This is why higher volume production microphones that are designed to be manufactured but not repaired cannot compare to Bock hand built mics. We are very proud of our business model in a world of “more is better” and “one size fits all” mass production.
Bock Microphones offer the highest level of performance, equal or better to the classics, proving it IS possible to “build it like they used to”. With Bock Microphones, you own a microphone destined for a lifetime of extraordinary studio use.