Recording for Resident Evil 2 with Jeff Rona and Blue Microphones

Jeff Rona is an award-winning composer and music producer based in Los Angeles. Best known for his work on blockbuster films like Black Hawk Down, Gladiator and White Squall, Jeff has recently worked on a number of popular video games, including Resident Evil 2.   

Jeff produced the game’s ending theme, “Saudade,” which was co-written by Cody Matthew Johnson and Shim from Sick Puppies. The track features Shim on vocals, alongside Peter DiStefano (Porno For Pyros) on guitar and Elmo Lovano (Skrillex, Miley Cyrus, Juliette Lewis) on drums.

In order to capture a warm, vintage sound, Jeff headed to Westlake Recording Studios in Los Angeles and set up his trusty Blue Bottle condenser microphone. With 12 interchangeable capsules to choose from, Jeff had no shortage of options to craft the perfect sound.

“It was the sound we all had in our heads. We were incredibly happy.”

—Jeff Rona

Jeff has relied on Blue microphones to capture award-winning performances for years, including the Bottle for vocals, Dragonfly for woodwinds and Mouse for percussion. Blending modern technology with the soul of legendary vintage mics, Blue microphones help Jeff get the sound he’s looking for.

Composers use sounds to create fear, tension, joy and humor in video games. To capture these emotions and tell a story with music, a mic that can capture every detail of a performance is essential.

Learn more about how Jeff used Blue microphones to record “Saudade” for the Resident Evil 2 Remake OST in the video below.