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Patrick Bourgoin

Saxophonist - Flautist

  • Impossible is not French!

    This maxim is perfectly suited to Prodipe and to the experience I had while contributing to the development of the new Series 21 mics. Prodipe and their R&D team have set themselves a goal: to create a proximity mic that attaches to instruments like the saxophone, trumpet and trombone, but also to percussion instruments, and at a price which is affordable, at last.

    First there's the capsule, the heart and soul of this mic. The characteristics are incredible, and the result: 140dB. When you think that the mic is 4 times cheaper than the best of the rest! And musicians can expect an exceptional sound quality. So why pay more? And then there's the clip for easy attachment. Ludovic Lanen and I spent a considerable amount of time and energy devising a system that would be functional and flawless.

    I really enjoyed my experience with Prodipe. They use their know-how to systematically push the boundaries, but even more than that, they have the means to achieve their ambitions and the evidence is there for all to see. They just keep moving forward. It's a Prodipe mic for me from now on.

    Thanks Prodipe. Excellent, exemplary and accessible.

  • I've played on a multitude of stages and in just as many studios. A constant thorn in my side has been the sorry state of the equipment on offer, especially at live events - the organisers have been inclined to set me up with an all-purpose mic and I just grin and bear it!

    Studio work, apart from at some of the legendary venues, means handling one or two 'limited choice' mics that have been picked out first and foremost for their cost. It's so good to be able to bring your own instrument and mics to home studios, the stage or anywhere else for that matter.

    Then the only thing left to worry about is the quality of the mix, because the sound is always top notch during miking. Finally there are high-performance, affordable mics.

    PRODIPE have really made an effort to design their mics for musicians like myself who only want the best, but who don't want to spend a fortune getting it. The old days of 'it's not possible to have decent equipment at a decent price' are long gone. A huge sigh of relief.

    And well done PRODIPE!


Live and recording: Starmania, J. Migènes, the Four Tops, Elton John, Supertramp, G. Vanelli, M. Dibango and M. Farmer. - The first 'Les Enfoirés' concert and others, Victoires de la Musique, W. Sheller, M. Lavoine, R. Charles, M. Berger, F. Gall, D. Balavoine, J. Hallyday, C. François, M. Brant, A. Chamfort, E. Mitchell, M. Sardou, C. Lara, M. Jonasz, Y. Noah, V. Paradis, M. Delpech, M. Makeba, P. Ester, Zoo, the Innocents, G. Reno, L. Chédid, L. Foly, J. Clerc, Enzo Enzo, F. Feldman, Duran Duran, J.J. Goldman, P. Kaas, A. Red, V. Sanson, V. Lazlo, J. Mas, A. Souchon, L. Voulzy, Nicoletta, H.F. Thiéfaine, N. Sirkis d'Indochine, Y. Simon, J.P. Capdevielle, T. Fersen, F. Cabrel, R. Gotainer, M. Mathieu, Sheila, R. Laurens, N. Mouskouri, T. Hazard, N. Workman, Trust, C. Aznavour, G. Bécaud, H. Salvador, G. Blanc, A. Barrière, G. Blanchard, Chagrin d'Amour, H. Léonard, Antoine, D. Rivers, M. Fugain, G. Montagné. S. Distel, Françoise Hardy, B. Lavilliers, S. Vartan, Garou, P. Bruel, H. Ségara, Maurane and many more. Has worked with numerous arrangers: J.C. Petit, G. Yared, B. Coulais, C. Gaubert, P. Sarde, R. Donnez, Yvan Jullien, H. Roy and M. Bernholc.

In 1987, nominated as best studio musician.

Since 1990, has worked directly with the Selmer Saxophone Company as a consultant and prototype tester.

Movie soundtracks: Betty Blue, My New Partner, 8 Women, I Love You All and Quarter to Two Before Jesus Christ

Credits for TV programmes and series: Nestor Burma, Joséphine Ange Gardien and Champs Elysées.

Adverts: dozens.