Dave Pearlman


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Pearlman Microphones

Dave Pearlman grew up listening to his father play horn and his mother playing acoustic guitar. His father actually had a recording studio in Plainview, TX! Dave started his musical journey playing the violin, but switched to the guitar after hearing the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1964. In 1968, Dave started playing pedal steel and got the chance to play with some great musicians such as Dan Fogelberg, Bobby Womack, Phil Everly, and Merle Haggard to name a few. After his fair share of touring and playing shows, Dave decided to open his own recording studio in the 1970s and had some great success. While working at the studio, Dave started tinkering with microphones and would try to create his own that emulated the sound of the popular Neumann U47. When clients started using his mics and wanted to buy them, Dave realized he was onto something and committed to the microphone business 100%. He closed his recording studio in 2005 and has developed some amazing products since then including the TM-1, the TM-250, and the “Church” Microphone – all of which are still in high demand and used by many popular artists and recording professionals.