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The Pro Sound News Holiday Gift Guide 2020

PSN Gift Guide 2020

Coming off of what could easily be described as the craziest year in my lifetime, the holidays will hopefully give us all an escape from the current Covid-19 reality. And to help the escape be even more successful, dig into our latest holiday gift guide — you’ll find a host of great new products (and a couple of older ones) that can make for the perfect gift for your favorite producer, engineer or musician.

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Earthworks Audio ICON USB mic
Earthworks Audio ICON USB mic

USB mics are a dime a dozen these days and the majority of them feel (and sadly sound) like they are disposable. Not true with the Earthworks Audio ICON USB mic (www.earthworksaudio.com); this thing is made to last a lifetime. If there’s a USB mic whose look, feel and performance can be compared to driving a Ferrari, the ICON is it! The mic has a built-in pop filter, looks fantastic on camera and incorporates the legendary low-noise, non-colored, musical sound that has made Earthworks famous. The cardioid mic has a 20 Hz – 20 kHz frequency response, and after spending time recording with it, I found that besides voice, it beautifully captures virtually any instrument or sound source.

To top it off, the mic includes a custom Triad-Orbit base, and based on its impressive specs, you’d be hard pressed to think you weren’t recording with a high-dollar studio microphone rather than an affordable USB mic. Speaking of the studio, I should mention that there is also an ICON PRO studio version of the mic, equipped with an XLR connector rather than a USB port.

pro audio gift guide - Sonic Presence SP15 USB-C Spatial Microphone
Sonic Presence SP15 USB-C Spatial Microphone

At only $149, the Sonic Presence SP15 USB-C Spatial Microphone (www.sonicpresence.com) is absolutely the best way to capture stereo recordings, and using it is a complete blast. I fell in love with the first version of the Sonic Presence mic a couple of years ago and the current USB-C version is as close to perfect as imaginable. The stereo microphone set incorporates two small, omnidirectional mics that hang over your ears, sitting just in front of the ear canal so you can still use AirPods or IEMs for monitoring if desired. The Sonic Presence website has recommended apps depending on the desired quality, as the mic supports 24-bit/96 kHz. I’ve loved recording with the mic and it’s discrete enough to easily sneak into a concert (don’t tell anyone I said that, though). The SP15 is compatible with Android, Windows, USB-C equipped iOS devices and Mac OS. The mic can be used with USB-A computers by utilizing a USB-C to USB-A adapter cable.

pro audio gift guide - AcoustiTools
AcoustiTools

AcoustiTools from Acoustic Masterminds (www.acousticmasterminds.com) is an awesome iOS audio analysis app. The $24.99 module-based app allows four modules to be viewed and utilized simultaneously. Modules bundled with the basic application include Augmented Reality (allows the user to tag specific locations in an acoustic space and calculate the volume level, distance and delay for each tag), dB Meter and Real-Time Analyzer modules.

The RTA module looks fantastic and can be switched between spectrum color and solid blue displays; it includes a red problem frequency line that allows you to instantly find a problem frequency that has a tendency to feedback. The Diagnostic PEQ and Diagnostic GEQ are accessed via in-app purchases and each cost $14.99. The Diagnostic PEQ uses an innovative, real-time Diagnostic Parametric Equalizer module to analyze pink noise played through a system and then recommends a corrective parametric EQ setting for the system. The Diagnostic GEQ is essentially the same feature, but it recommends a corrective graphic EQ setting for the system rather than a parametric setting. The number of bands in the software is adjustable, so it can be set to match the number of bands on the system’s GEQ.  Besides configuring a space for sound reinforcement, this feature is also great for setting up a home theater or tweaking a car stereo.

UE SWITCH
UE SWITCH

In-ear monitors have become as much of a fashion statement as a tool for many artists and musicians. Ultimate Ears (www.ultimateears.com) was at the forefront of allowing users to customize the look of their IEMs, and now the new UE SWITCH system takes customization one-step further by allowing users to swap out custom-designed faceplates, providing unlimited visual options. SWITCH-equipped IEMs look identical to previous models, but their face plates are easily removed and replaced by using the SWITCH’s simple twist-lock mechanism and simply rotating the faceplate, removing it and replacing it with another in seconds.

The new interchangeable faceplates are just like the current faceplates, except for the twist-lock mount on the back. The SWITCH faceplates can incorporate any of the faceplate colors, materials and design options offered with standard IEMs. The UE SWITCH option includes three Faceplates and is available with any new UE Pro or CSX model for $199. The UE SWITCH upgrade is available for any existing UE Pro or CSX model for $199. This upgrade includes a three pack of faceplates.

Beyerdynamic TG D70 and TG I51

Beyerdynamic (www.beyerdynamic.com) has a pair of useful new mics that are worth checking out. The TG D70 utilizes the legendary M88 capsule and is designed specifically for kick drum, and it works extremely well for that purpose. It’s quite versatile as well, as I had good results using it on floor tom, bass and guitar cabinets, and trombone. Meanwhile, the TG I51 is an amazingly affordable workhorse microphone that lends itself to electric guitars, but also sounds great on snare, toms and bass guitar. Both mics are well made, include a carry bag and feature a built-in mounting system.

Patch & Tweak with Moog

Nothing beats a great book and there are a couple of fantastic ones that simply can’t be missed. Patch & Tweak with Moog (www.bjooks.com) is a beautifully designed book and a fantastic read. The book was written and designed by electronic musician Kim Bjørn and features a foreword by Hans Zimmer. The book covers a wide range of Moog synthesizer-oriented topics, including professional artist interviews, creative patch ideas, sound design tips, in-depth discussions with Moog engineers and an overview of Moog’s history.

There’s also a view of the Moog factory in Asheville, North Carolina which I’m fortunate to have visited multiple times. It truly is an amazing experience to see the precision and finesse that goes into building a synthesizer by hand, and if you can’t visit the factory in person, this book is the next best thing. Patch & Tweak with Moog is the ultimate studio coffee table book!

Sound Man: A Life Recording Hits with The Rolling Stones, The Who, Led Zeppelin, the Eagles, Eric Clapton, the Faces...

Sound Man: A Life Recording Hits with The Rolling Stones, The Who, Led Zeppelin, the Eagles, Eric Clapton, the Faces… by Glyn Johns (www.penguinrandomhouse.com) is a stunningly good read. The book sucks you in like a great novel, while secretly feeding you tons of wisdom in regards to producing, engineering and knowing how to interact with artists, managers and labels. I somehow missed the book when it was released in 2014 [It was in our Holiday Gift Guide that year! – Ed.], but thankfully superstar engineer Doug Sarrett turned me onto it last summer and I couldn’t be more grateful. Glyn Johns played a strong hand in the creation of many of my all-time favorite albums, and hearing the stories gives you a fly on the wall perspective as to what went into creating many of these masterpieces.

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Shure Acquires Stem Audio

shure acquires stem audioChicago, IL (November 24, 2020)—Expanding its footprint in the conferencing audio ecosystem market, Shure has acquired California-based Midas Technology, Inc., also known as Stem Audio, which specializes in providing a suite of products including table, ceiling and wall microphones as well as loudspeakers, control interfaces and hubs.

With the acquisition of Stem Audio, Shure aims to further expand and diversify its solution offering for organizations of all sizes, while Stem will gain access to the global infrastructure and support capabilities that Shure provides.

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“We both believe in ecosystems. Working together, we aim to provide customers with better options to deploy great audio in more spaces, more cost effectively and more quickly,” said Chris Schyvinck, president and CEO, Shure. “Shure and Stem Audio understand the importance of good quality audio and taking care of customers, so this acquisition is a great fit for both organizations.”

According to Shure, the addition of the company complements Shure’s product offering and provides customers with a greater choice of products as their needs evolve. “We’re thrilled to be joining a company with an unrivaled pedigree and history in manufacturing audio products,” said Jacob Marash, CEO and founder, Stem Audio. “Shure’s scale and global reach will help make Stem Audio products more available to customers, providing improved value, quality and support.”

The two companies will continue to operate separately as integration plans for sales and support are finalized. Future plans for the respective product portfolios will be shared later. In the meantime, customers will continue to buy and receive support for Stem Audio products from Stem Audio’s current channels, including StemAudio.com in the U.S. market.

This acquisition also includes Midas’ Phoenix Audio Technologies brand.

Shure • www.shure.com

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New Studio Microphone Wrap-Up : Fall 2020

Studio Microphone Wrap-Up, Fall 2020
Sift through our Studio Microphone Wrap-Up, Fall 2020, to see the latest offerings for recordists of all levels.

Recording microphones have been flying off the shelves at retail all year, but that hasn’t stopped pro-audio manufacturers from introducing a new studio microphone every few weeks this Fall. Some are high-end products aimed at the upper echelons of the recording world, while others are intended for down-and-dirty use in home studios, but they’re all worth finding out about, because every new mic is a potential new tonal flavor for your sonic stew. Sift through our ICYMI rundown of new mics from the last six months and see what’s new!

 

Aston Element Microphone

Aston Element
Aston Element

Aston Microphones has clearly had a blast this year developing its new Aston Element by having potential users vote on sound samples to determine the way the microphone would ultimately sound. The Element incorporates new capsule technology, a new chassis design, a magnetic pop filter and custom shock mount, and a backlit-LED logo 48V phantom power indicator. According to Aston, the studio microphone has been rated by NTi Audio as the world’s quietest mic and the frequency response, which extends far below 20Hz and above 20kHz, as the widest of any electromagnetic microphone.

Aston Microphones • www.astonmics.com

 

Audio-Technica Limited-Edition AT2020 Mics

Audio-Technica Limited-Edition AT2020 Mics
Audio-Technica Limited-Edition AT2020 Mics

Audio-Technica has released new limited-edition AT2020 Series microphones—the AT2020V (standard) and the AT2020USB+V (USB model), each featuring a reflective silver finish. The side-address condensers are equipped with low-mass diaphragms custom-engineered for extended frequency response and transient response. The mics’ cardioid polar pattern reduces pickup of sounds from the sides and rear, improving isolation of desired sound source. All models in the AT2020 mic line are aimed to provide a wide dynamic range and handle high SPLs. Both of the limited-edition V models come with AT8458a shock mounts to attenuate noise, shock, or vibration transmitted through a mic stand, boom or mount.

Audio-Technica • www.audio-technica.com

 

Avantone Pro Kick Drum Mic

Avantone Pro Kick Drum Mic
Avantone Pro Kick Drum Mic

Aiming to help drummers capture the ultra-low end of their sound, Avantone Pro has introduced Kick, a sub-frequency kick drum microphone that aims to capture the subsonic signature by using a low-frequency driver. The AV-10 MLF sports a single continuous press-formed cone, and in the Kick’s case, the 18 cm cone acts as a microphone element. The microphone itself is of a moving coil dynamic type, with a 50 Hz to 2 kHz frequency response, 6.3 Ω output impedance and figure-eight pattern, plus a male XLR connector.

Avantone • http://www.avantonepro.com

 

Beyerdynamic TG D70 and TG 151 Mics

Beyerdynamic TG D70 and TG 151 Mics
Beyerdynamic TG D70 (left) and TG 151 Mics

Beyerdynamic has introduced two new additions to its TG series. The second-generation TG D70 dynamic kickdrum mic is meant for capturing the impact of bass drums and similar low-frequency intensive instruments, while the TG 151 instrument mic is a lean microphone with a short shaft that can be used on everything from snares and toms to brass instruments and guitar amplifiers.

Beyerdynamic • www.beyerdynamic.com

 

IsoVox IsoMic Studio Microphone

 IsoVox IsoMic Studio Microphone
IsoVox IsoMic Studio Microphone

Swedish audio manufacturer IsoVox has introduced IsoMic, a new studio microphone created in conjunction with fellow Swedish company Research Electronics AB, owners of the Ehrlund Microphones brand. The new microphone is based around a triangular capsule with a 7 Hz to 87 kHz frequency range. The IsoMic itself features an aluminum body with glass bead-blasting finish. Its triangular capsule reportedly has a SNR (Signal-to-Noise Ratio) of 87 dBA, DR (Dynamic Range) of 115 dB, and a maximum SPL (Sound Pressure Level) peak performance of 0.5% THD (Total Harmonic Distortion) at 116 dB or 1% THD at 122 dB.

IsoVox • www.isovoxbooth.com

 

MXL Microphones Revelation Mini FET

MXL Microphones Revelation Mini FET
MXL Microphones Revelation Mini FET

Hot on the heels of introducing its Revelation II studio microphone in the Spring, MXL Microphones has launched its new Revelation Mini FET, aiming to provide intimacy and warmth of a tube mic, but built around a FET circuit with a smaller footprint. MXL’s Revelation Mini FET utilizes a 32 mm center terminating, gold-sputtered capsule combined with a low noise circuit. The mic focuses on the midrange and lower frequencies, resulting in recordings with less hum and more music. Additionally, the inclusion of a three-stage pad (0, -10 dB, -20 dB) is intended to provide the flexibility needed for recording high SPL sources, such as horns and kickdrums. The mic features black chrome accents as well as hand-selected FET and capacitors

MXL • www.mxlmics.com

Sanken CUX-100K Microphone

Sanken CUX-100K Microphone
Sanken CUX-100K Microphone

First announced earlier in the year, Sanken Microphones is now shipping its new CUX-100K Cardioid or Omnidirectional super wide range professional microphone. The new microphone builds on the history of the company’s Chromatic omni-mode CO-100K, adding the ability to change modes with three settings: Cardioid (Far), Cardioid (Near) and Omni modes. The CUX-100K is intended for a variety of high-resolution, high-sample rate recordings, both in spatial or close-miking applications.

Sanken • www.sankenchromatic.com

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Scope Labs Periscope Microphone

Scope Labs Periscope Microphone
Scope Labs Periscope Microphone

Scope Labs, a new pro-audio manufacturer based in Finland and operating globally, has introduced its first mic, the Periscope Microphone — an omni-condenser microphone with a built-in compressor that gives the mic a unique character. The Periscope is based around an omni capsule followed by a compression circuit intended to highlight textural nuances that the mic captures, with the aim of providing a hyper-realistic sound. The Periscope is manufactured in-house at Scope Labs Ltd. in Finland.

Scope Labs • www.scopelabs.eu

 

Sennheiser MD 435 and MD 445 Vocal Microphones

Sennheiser MD 435 and MD 445 Vocal Microphones
Sennheiser MD 435, MD 445

Sennheiser has introduced two new vocal microphones—the MD 435 large-diaphragm microphone, bringing the company’s dynamic MD 9235 capsule to a wired vocal microphone for the first time; and the MD 445, an LDC with a tight super-cardioid pick pattern. Ostensibly intended for live sound use, they reportedly hold their own in the studio as well. The MD 435’s lightweight aluminum-copper voice coil is intended to provide fast transient response, according to Sennheiser, in an effort to provide detailed, transparent sound. The large-diaphragm microphone features dynamics of 146 dB(A) and can handle sound pressure levels of up to 163 dB/1 kHz. The MD 445 is designed with a high-rejection, super-cardioid pick-up pattern, it reportedly offers uses considerable gain before feedback. Dynamics are wide at 146 dB(A) and the microphone is said to be able to handle sound pressure levels of up to 163 dB/1 kHz.

Sennheiser • www.sennheiser.com

 

Telefunken TF11 Microphone

Telefunken TF11 Microphone
Telefunken TF11 Microphone NICHOLAS SONSINI

The TF11 is the company’s first large diaphragm phantom-powered condenser mic. The CK12-style edge-terminated capsule is a single membrane version of the capsule featured in the TF51, and the amplifier is a proprietary take on the FET mic amplifier similar to the M60, coupled with a custom large format nickel-iron core transformer by OEP/Carnhill made in the UK. The mic’s through-hole components include UK-made polystyrene film capacitors, Nichicon Fine Gold electrolytic capacitors, and a high-performance, ultra-low-noise JFET amplifier.

Telefunken Elektroakustik • www.telefunken-elektroakustik.com

 

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FCC Announces Repack Complete, Spectrum Open for Wireless

T-Mobile purchased the 600 MHz space at auction in June, 2017 for nearly $8 billion, and wasted no time taking over the spectrum, lighting up its first network site, seen here, in Cheyenne, WY barely two months later.
T-Mobile purchased the 600 MHz space at auction in June, 2017 for nearly $8 billion, and wasted no time taking over the spectrum, lighting up its first network site, seen here, in Cheyenne, WY barely two months later. T-Mobile

Washington, DC (July 15, 2020)—After 39 months, the FCC has announced that the post-incentive auction transition, which saw many TV stations take part in the repack from their pre-auction channels, has been successfully completed. As of July 13, the 600 MHz spectrum, which numerous models of wireless RF microphones and other pro audio devices were allowed to operate within before the auction, has officially been vacated. The spectrum that was sold during the broadcast incentive auction is now available for use by wireless mobile broadband services.

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The announcement came 10 days after phase 10 of the repack was scheduled to conclude on July 3. During the repack, 987 full-power and Class A TV stations were reassigned to new TV channels. To date, the commission says that 99% of those stations have successfully transitioned; those that have not yet made the move were granted short extensions due to unforeseen circumstances, but are still scheduled to complete the repack by the end of the summer. These remaining stations are currently located in the portion of the band allocated for broadcast TV or the duplex gap, and none are expected to delay the deployment of wireless services in the 600 MHz band.

The FCC will continue to work with stations on distributing their reimbursements for relocation expenses from the $2.75 billion TV Broadcaster Relocation Fund.

With the now-available spectrum, the FCC says millions of Americans will benefit as the allotment will now be used for the development and promotion of 5G, to help close the digital divide in rural America, ease congestion on wireless networks and spur job creation and economic growth.

“Today represents a milestone in the commission’s effort to repurpose spectrum to meet the demands of wireless consumers,” said FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. “I want to thank the broadcast and wireless industries, the tower crews, the equipment manufacturers and the radio frequency engineers who support them for the hard work they have done over the past 39 months to make the benefits of the broadcast incentive auction a reality.”

The National Association of Broadcasters’ President and CEO Gordon Smith also provided a statement on the official end of the repack: “I am incredibly proud of the broadcast television industry for its herculean efforts to meet the FCC’s aggressive repacking deadlines, despite complex and extenuating circumstances.

“NAB thanks the FCC staff for their flexibility in working with stations to facilitate transitions and grant extensions when possible. We are also grateful to Congress for allocating the additional funds needed to fully reimburse broadcasters for costs associated with these mandatory moves.

“There is still much work to be done. To meet FCC deadlines, many stations have been required to operate on temporary facilities that do not serve all station viewers. NAB will continue to work with the FCC to ensure that these stations are made whole and that affected viewers regain access to their local channels. In this uncertain time, it is vital that TV viewers have access to local news, entertainment and lifeline information.”

FCC • www.fcc.gov

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Sanken Launches CUX-100K Ultra Wide Range Microphone

Sanken CUX-100K Ultra Wide Range Microphone
Sanken CUX-100K Ultra Wide Range Microphone (front and back).

Los Angeles, CA (July 8, 2020)—Sanken Microphones has introduced its new CUX-100K microphone, designed to switch between three settings: Cardioid (Far), Cardioid (Near) and Omni modes.

While based on the Sanken Chromatic line’s omni-mode CO-100K—named as such because it’s intended for 100 kHz high-resolution recording—the new microphone’s addition of the two other modes brings that high-res approach to a broader set of applications, such as spatial or close miking uses. As a result, Sanken aims for the new mic to be used in ensemble, solo, vocals and orchestral mic arrays, plus specialized uses such as Foley, location sound effect recording, and all types of acoustic instruments.

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In Omni mode, the mic can be used to capture source, spatial and ambient sounds with articulation and clarity. In Cardioid (Far) mode, the CUX-100K records a mix of moderate ambience and main performance sources with cardioid directivity, making it plausable for stereo and multichannel pairing. In Cardioid (Near) mode, the CUX-100K can operate as a spotlight, solo, or vocal mic. To selectively reject some ambience, the mic is optimized up to 50 kHz.

Because of the way in which analog to digital converters operate, the CUX-100K aligns with the heightened frequency response of new hi-resolution digital audio formats. As X-Y, ORT, or Decca tree overheads, the CUX-100K can also be applied to capture the spatial reality of specialized acoustic spaces.

The CUX-100K is available with an MSRP of $3,400.00.

Sanken Microphones • www.sankenchromatic.com

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60 Seconds with Steve Johnson of Audix

Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson, vice president of sales and marketing at Audix.

Q: What is your new position, and what does it entail?

A: I recently joined Audix as vice president of sales and marketing. The marketing responsibility is global, but my sales focus is on the United States.

Q: How has your background prepared you for this?

A: My first job for an audio manufacturer was at Shure, where I joined as the product line manager for wireless products in 1993. Since leaving Shure in 2003 as vice president of global marketing, I’ve worked in various marketing and product management capacities across the audio chain—from BSS and dbx signal processing at Harman to Electro-Voice loudspeakers at Bosch. Most recently, I was CEO at Community Professional Loudspeakers, where I had the pleasure of helping recapture the mojo of that American brand. Following Biamp’s acquisition of Community last summer, I decided it was time for a new challenge.

Joining Audix is a welcome return to my microphone roots. The microphone is the critical first link in the audio chain, so failure is not an option. I don’t believe you can “fix it in the mix.” For nearly two decades, the tagline at Audix has been “Performance Is Everything.” At face value, this appears to be simply a product performance message, but I also see it as a promise to the user and installer that it’s their performance that we are committed to capturing, faithfully and accurately.

While professional microphones have long been associated with the stage, studio or house of worship, it is exciting to see the same level of attention now being given to the front end of the audio chain in the corporate world. No amount of DSP will make up for a poor microphone choice. This is true whether on a video conference call in the executive board room or on a Zoom call when sheltering at home. Great audio—which all starts with selecting the right microphone—really does make a difference.

Q: What new marketing initiatives are we likely to see from the company?

A: While many know Audix for our iconic OM Series of handheld vocal microphones and D Series drum microphones, we are also a leading provider of installed microphones in the conferencing space with our M Series. We are competing against some of the giants of the industry, so we look for ways to speak directly and intimately to a broad range of customers across multiple product categories and applications. For this reason, online marketing—including social media—will continue to grow in importance in our marketing mix.

60 Seconds with Jonathan ‘JP’ Parker of Danley Sound Labs

Q: What are your short and long-term goals?

A: In the short term, I want to really understand everything that goes into the design and manufacture of an Audix product, what makes it special. I’m inspired by the level of vertical integration and supply chain control in our factory in Wilsonville, OR. Watching an aluminum rod being transformed on one of our state-of-the-art CNC machines into the housing of a D Series drum is something everyone should experience. Check out “Making of the Audix D6 Drum Microphone” on YouTube!

There is an extraordinary willingness at Audix to invest in U.S.-based manufacturing capability. As the leader of sales and marketing, my long-term goal is to demonstrate the wisdom of these investments by generating significant and profitable sales growth in the United States and beyond.

Q: What is the greatest challenge you face?

A: We launched several new products this year at NAMM, including a line of headphones and earphones. While Audix may be best known as a microphone brand, I believe our “Performance Is Everything” message is just as relevant in the listening category. My challenge will be demonstrating this to be the case. I enjoy a good challenge!

Audix • www.audiusa.com

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Røde Mics Founder Nets Nirvana Guitar For $6M

The acoustic guitar used by the late Kurt Cobain for Nirvana’s ‘MTV Unplugged’ session was purchased at auction by Rode founder Peter Freedman for $6 milllion.
The acoustic guitar used by the late Kurt Cobain for Nirvana’s ‘MTV Unplugged’ session was purchased at auction by Rode founder Peter Freedman for $6 million. Julien's Auctions

Los Angeles, CA (June 22, 2020)—To date, Rode Microphones has been best known for its microphones and podcasting gear, but that changed Saturday, when the Australian company’s founder, Peter Freedman, purchased Kurt Cobain’s 1959 Martin D-18E acoustic guitar at auction for a record-breaking $6,010,000 US.

Rode founder Peter Freedman with the Nirvana guitar.
Rode founder Peter Freedman with the Nirvana guitar.

The Nirvana guitar was the sole instrument Cobain played during Nirvana’s MTV Unplugged taping on November 18, 1993, five months before his death. While the program was a hit when it aired, the subsequent album derived from the show, MTV Unplugged in New York, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard charts the following year, going on to sell more than 8 million copies since its release.

Freedman’s winning bid was in fact $5 million, but with the auction’s buyer’s premium, the total spent was $6.010 million. Auctioned with an initial reserve of $1 million, the guitar also came with its original hard-shell case, which included a flyer for punk band Poison Idea’s 1990 album, ‘Feel the Darkness’, three 60 mm Dunlop guitar picks, a partial set of Martin & Co. guitar strings, and a small black velvet pouch containing a silvertone knife, fork, and spoon.

The purchase marked a new record for the most expensive guitar ever sold at auction; the previous record holder was Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour’s 1969 black Fender Stratocaster, which sold at auction exactly a year earlier for $3,975,000.

Freedman said in a statement that he’ll display the guitar around the world in galleries and art spaces, with all proceeds going to the performing arts. Whether that itinerary will include tradeshows where Røde is exhibiting was not mentioned.

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“When I heard that this iconic guitar was up for auction,” Mr. Freedman noted, “I immediately knew it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to secure it and use it as a vehicle to spotlight the struggles that those in the performing arts are facing and have always faced.”

Citing the economic and emotional difficulties that the current pandemic has brought to the music industry, Freedman noted, “The toll this has taken and will continue to take is enormous and requires more than just lip service. It requires action now, and I am a man of action. The arts, and organizations that support the arts, are remarkably undervalued and underfunded by many governments around the world, considering their cultural and economic importance. I saw buying this guitar as an opportunity to not only share it with music fans, but to do so in a way that raises awareness for the struggles that musicians and artists face every day, and lobby governments for change.”

Røde Microphones • www.rode.com

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Best DSLR Shotgun Mics

best-dslr-shotgun-micsRecording with the best DSLR Shotgun Mics on your digital camera will make your videos sound professional. After all, one of the most important aspects of a video is the sound. You can deal with grainy images, but crackles and pops will turn everyone away.

There are several different kinds of DSLR mics that work great on digital cameras. Shotgun mics are nice because they have a focused polar pattern, so the sound is only picked up from one area.

No need to worry about the technical stuff. We’ve picked out the top mics for DSLR cameras and reviewed their pros, cons, and features, so you can find the right one for you recording project.


Top 3 DSLR Shotgun Microphones


Top Shotgun Mics for DSLR Cameras

Here is our list of the best DSLR shotgun mics that will bring your camera audio to the next level.


Rode VideoMic GO Lightweight On-Camera Microphone

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When it comes to microphones, few brands have established a reputation as impressive as have Rode Microphones. Once you see a microphone stamped with this brand’s logo you immediately place a high expectation on it.

Moving with the times, the brand has made a move into the mobile video recording industry. One product it offers in this niche is the VideoMic GO. This is a microphone designed specifically for use with camcorders and entry level DSLR cameras; basically any camera that has a 3.5mm microphone input.

This microphone is lightweight and attaches very easily but securely to the top of your camera for seamless operation. All you need to do is slot in the microphone and plug it into the 3.5mm mic input.

One great feature of this mic is the integrated Rycote Lyre shock mount. It fully isolates the microphone from shocks and vibrations that may have found their way into the audio.

With its super-cardioid pickup pattern, it focuses on sounds coming from the front and some of the side. This helps ensure that ambient noise is reduced. Using the included windshield, you can further improve the quality of your audio by cutting down on wind interference.

Pros

  • Pickup pattern – Super-cardioid.
  • Frequency response range – 100 Hz to 16 kHz.
  • Maximum SPL – 120 dB.

Cons

Some users have complained of interference from cell or WiFi networks which results in a cracking sound.

Suggestion

This is certainly a product that anyone looking for an affordable means of improving the audio quality of their recordings on entry level DSLRs should consider.


Rode VideoMic Pro+ On-Camera Shotgun

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Once again we return to the stable of Rode microphone to pick out another product for review. One thing that this should tell us is that this brand is a force to be reckoned with in this industry.

Here Rode is offering us the VideoMic Pro+, an on-camera microphone designed to deliver a performance level superior to what the two previously reviewed Rode microphones offered.

In addition to all that other VideoMic models offer, the Pro+ adds multiple power options – in-built rechargeable battery, option for USB power and AA batteries, a wider frequency response range – 20 Hz to 20 kHz, and a sensitivity of -33.6dB re 1 Volt/Pascal (21.20mV @ 94 dB SPL) +/- 2 dB @ 1kHz.

It also offers a digital switching feature which covers a two-stage bass roll-off (75 Hz/ 150 Hz), a three-stage gain setting (-10 dB, 0dB and +20dB), a high frequency boost and a safety channel that protects the signal against clipping.

Like we stated, you still have the JFET impedance converter, a super-cardioid pickup pattern, a 3.5mm jack output and the Rycote Lyre shock mount system.

To put it simply, this is an all-round upgrade from the two Rode models we previously reviewed.

Pros

  • Polar pattern – Super-cardioid.
  • Frequency response range – 20 Hz to 20 kHz.
  • Special feature – Digital switching.

Cons

The auto on/off features may not work with some cameras.

Suggestion

This microphone is clearly for anyone looking for a higher-end on-camera audio solution. It is a clear upgrade from many other Rode models.


Shure VP83 Lenshopper Camera-Mount Condenser Microphone

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Shure is no doubt one brand that has built itself into a living legend in the microphone industry. Its continued contribution to the music industry in particular and the audio industry as a whole can really not be quantified.

Among the hundreds of products offered by this brand is the VP83 LensHopper. This is a condenser microphone designed to be mounted on DSLRs and camcorders with the sole purpose of drastically improving the audio quality of your recordings.

It features a condenser transducer that ensures crystal clear pickups. Its super cardioid/lobar pickup pattern is very directional, ensuring that the main audio you are capturing is from the sound source right in front of the camera.

It also offers three gain settings – -10 dB, 0 dB, +20 dB – that allow you choose the sensitivity that is best for a situation as well as a low cut filter.

This microphone is lightweight but very strongly built. It incorporates the integrated Rycote Lyre shock mount system which allows for efficient isolation from vibrations and shocks that are likely to occur during use.

Using the VP83 LensHopper is very simple. Just insert the included 1.5 AA battery (which can run for up to 130 hours), plug in the jack and you are good to go.

Pros

  • Transducer type – Condenser.
  • Polar pattern – Super cardioid/lobar.
  • Frequency response range – 50 Hz to 20 kHz.

Cons

You have to always remember to turn off the microphone or the battery will drain.

Suggestion

This is one microphone that you can count on to deliver always.


Rode VideoMic with Fuzzy Windjammer Kit

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We are back to Rode, a brand from which we have previously reviewed a product – the VideoMic Go.

At this time, we will be looking at a bundle package that includes the VideoMic, another model from Rode, and the Auray WSW Series Custom Windbusters. With these two, you enjoy a sonically clear and wind disturbance free recording.

This model of the VideoMic is very similar to the VideoMic Go which we previously looked at. The VideoMic is also a condenser microphone and requires 9V battery power to function.

It features a super-cardioid pickup pattern that offers very focused directional pickup. It also has a frequency pickup range of 40Hz – 20kHz, meaning that it can pick up a wide spectrum of sound frequencies outside of the human vocal range. Its maximum SPL capability of 133dB further adds to its ability to record in situations where the sound source is pretty hot.

This microphone, which is very-well made with an ABS construction, is sturdy and guarantees durability. The integrated Rycote Lyre shock mount provides impressive isolations between the microphone and the camera and its operations. Add to this the Fuzzy Windjammer Kit and you get an audio recording that is impressively noise and interference free.

Pros

  • Transducer type – Condenser.
  • Pickup pattern – Super-cardioid.
  • Frequency response range – 40 Hz to 20 kHz.

Cons

This bundle is not covered by Rode’s US warranty or technical support.

Suggestion

This bundle is ideal for anyone looking for quality audio and additional protection from wind interference.


TAKSTAR SGC-598 Camera Recording Microphone

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TAKSTAR is a brand owned by Guangdong Takstar Co.,Ltd, a Chinese company that is a leader in that country’s audio industry.

One of the products offered by this company is the SGC-598. This is a microphone designed for use as a camera microphone for most cameras with a 3.5mm mic input.

It features a condenser type transducer that offers a sensitivity of -32dB±3dB(0dB=1V/Pa at 1KHz). This is powered by 1.5V AA battery which will last for up to 100 hours of use. With its cardioid pickup pattern, it is easy to focus your audio input source to sync with the direction of the camera.

This microphone offers a 200Hz bass cut switch which can come in useful when you have low frequency interference. It also has a 10dB sensitivity boost which will help in situations where the sound source is not as loud as you will like.

It has an overall sturdy build thanks to its aluminum construction. In addition to this, it is designed to efficiently absorb shock and vibrations, ensuring that they don’t affect the quality of your audio. The included windshield will also ensure that wind interference is brought to the barest minimum.

Pros

  • Transducer type – Condenser.
  • Polar pattern – Cardioid.
  • Frequency response range – 50 Hz to 16 kHz.

Cons

It may require some internal adjustments to your camera’s audio settings to avoid hissing.

Suggestion

This is surely the camera microphone to go for when you practically have no budget. It’s dirt cheap but performs as well as some products several times its price.


Comica CVM-V30 Shotgun Camera Microphone

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CoMica Technology Co.,LTD, owners of the Comica brand is an audio engineering company that is interested in making good quality audio products available worldwide. In addition to this, it is also ensuring the continued improvement of the quality of these equipment through consistent R&D.

The brand’s product in review here is the CVM-V30. This is a shotgun camera microphone designed for easy use with DSLR cameras and other cameras with 3.5 microphone inputs and a suitable top mounting shoe.

The CVM-V30 is a condenser microphone with a super-cardioid pickup pattern and a frequency response of 40 Hz to 20 kHz. It is powered by two 1.5V AAA batteries which can last for up to 200 hours.

This microphone has a maximum SPL of 114dB which is enough to handle some very loud sound sources. However, it also has a -10dB sensitivity attenuating pad that can help it manage louder sound sources better. For locations with low frequency ambient noise, a 100Hz low-cut filter is included to help cut the most disturbing of these low frequencies.

In addition to the above, included in the package are a shock absorbing mount that reduces vibration and shock transmission from the camera’s handling to the microphone, as well as a windshield and a wind muff for reducing wind interference.

Pros

  • Transducer type – Condenser.
  • Polar pattern – Super-cardioid.
  • Frequency response range – 40 Hz to 20 kHz.

Cons

Shock mount doesn’t feel durable.

Suggestion

This is a good solution for anyone on a tight budget who also does not mind doing some tweaks in post.


Rode VideoMicro Compact On-Camera Microphone

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Just before you ask if it’s only Rode products that are on review, we can tell you that this is the last Rode product on our list. That said, we are only bringing to you on-camera microphones that are among the leading models available today.

We’ve looked at three different Rode on-camera microphones and each has had its own peculiarities. For the product on focus here, the Rode VideoMicro, its major point of difference is pretty clear.

This is an on-camera microphone designed to be compact and highly portable. One of the issues that some users have with the higher level VideoMic Pro+ is its size which is a bit bulkier than most mics in the category. The VideoMicro offers the perfect solution to this but of course with a lot of cuts in other areas.

With the VideoMicro, you get a microphone with a cardioid pickup pattern and a frequency response of 100 Hz to 20 kHz. You will also be able to record sound pressure levels of up to 140dB at a sensitivity of -33.0dB re 1 Volt/Pascal (22.00mV @ 94 dB SPL) +/- 2 dB @ 1kHz.

It is built to last, with an aluminum construction that offers high RF rejection and a mounting system that supports interference-free use.

Pros

  • Polar pattern – Cardioid.
  • Frequency response range – 100 Hz to 20 kHz.
  • Power – Requires no additional power.

Cons

Cable for use with smartphones is not included.

Suggestion

This is a great option for anyone looking for a compact and versatile on-camera microphone.


Movo VXR10 Universal Video Microphone

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Movo is a company that understands the importance of content creation in today’s world and is focused on offering tools that will make it easy for everyone to create good quality content. It believes that cost should never be an inhibiting factor to the pursuit of content creation excellence so it offers various creation tools at very affordable prices.

One of the products offered by this brand is the VXR10 Video Microphone. The VXR10 is a condenser microphone with a cardioid pickup pattern that enhances directional audio capture. It is designed to be compatible for use with practically all kinds of DSLR cameras, camcorders and even smartphones and tablets.

The microphone, which derives its power from the device it is connected to, is very lightweight and compact so it would not have a weight or bulk issue. All you need to do is plug it into your device (cables for cameras and smartphones included) and you are good to go.

The shock mount that comes with it further improves the quality of your audio recording by reducing noise interference from vibrations and shocks that may arise from handling. When you find yourself in a windy situation, the included furry windscreen reduces the wind interference, allowing you record even in those conditions.

Pros

  • Transducer type – Condenser.
  • Polar pattern – Cardioid.
  • Frequency response range – 35 Hz to 18 kHz.

Cons

The shock absorber is not very flexible.

Suggestion

This is a versatile microphone that can work with DSLRs, camcorders and even smartphones.


What You Should Get!

We’ve finally come to the end of this review and it indeed has been an interesting one. Every microphone we looked at had something nice to offer. As our tradition is, it is now time for us to pick one product from our list to be named the Top DSLR camera shotgun Mic.

After carefully reviewing the 8 microphones on our list, we think the Rode VideoMic Pro+ and the Rode VideoMic GO tied as our Top DSLR Shotgun Mic because we believe it offers the best value for anyone who really needs a professional level audio recording from their DSLR camera.

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Best Lavalier Mics

best-lavalier-micsUsing the best lavalier mic will make you sound better on stage, on a recording, and even on your video. Good lav mics don’t have to sound tinny with zero wind protection. You just have to get the right one. 🙂

Nice lavalier microphones are easy to use because they clip on your shirt, tie, or lapel. You can position them close to your mouth and hide the chord to the battery pack pretty easily. Plus, they can sound really good.

We’ve reviewed all of the top lav microphones, compared their features, and demoed their sounds to bring you the best ones that are out there. Let’s take a look!


Top 3 Lavalier Microphones


Here are the Top Lav Mics Compared

Here is our list of the best lavalier mics that will make you sound better for an affordable price.


Audio-Technica PRO 70 Lavalier/Instrument Microphone

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When listing some of the top microphone brands available today, Audio Technica is sure to make the list. For a company that began in 1962 in Shinjuku City, Tokyo, Japan, it has grown to become an international brand with sales made to every part of the world where microphones are used.

Audio-Technica is here offering us the PRO 70 which is its lavalier microphone designed to be used for both vocals and instruments. This is a condenser microphone with a cardioid pickup pattern.

Unlike what is obtainable with many lavalier microphones, which is an omnidirectional polar pattern, the PRO 70’s cardioid pickup pattern ensures a tighter sound pickup which is also what makes it ideal for use with instruments.

With a frequency range of 100 Hz to 14 kHz, it will be ideal for vocals and instruments that do not have a lot of low frequency. Even if you require more low frequency cut, it features a 80 Hz, 18 dB bass roll-off that will help tame those unwanted lows even further.

It can be powered using 1.5V AA/UM3 batteries of Phantom power. This increases the ease with which it can be used.

Packed in the box are a clip for cloths, adapter for instruments, power pack, windshield, battery and carrying pouch.

Pros

  • Transducer type – Condenser.
  • Polar pattern – Cardioid.
  • Frequency response range – 100 Hz to 14 kHz.

Cons

The included windshield may not be the best for recording in windy conditions.

Suggestion

This is ideal for those looking for a lavalier that can serve multiple purposes.


Rode smartLav+ Lavalier Microphone

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Rode Microphone is no doubt one of the leading microphone brands in the world today. From its inception in 1967, this Australian brand has continually provided audio solutions that inspired musicians and performers worldwide to excel.

The product on display from the brand here is the smartLav+. This is an omnidirectional lapel microphone designed for use with smartphones and other mobile devices with TTRS input jack.

Using a condenser transducer, this microphone that measures a mere 4.5mm delivers broadcast quality audio. With a frequency response range of 60Hz – 18kHz, it fully covers the range of the human voice, cutting off unnecessary lows that can muddy up the output. Its maximum SPL of 110dB also assures that that it can handle loud speech volumes with ease.

Though this microphone is small and lightweight, it is designed to withstand regular use. The cable, which is Kevlar reinforced, ensures that it does not snap during regular use. The same goes for the mounting clip which is also built for durability.

When you order this, you will get a wind shield and carrying pouch. Rode is so confident of its product that it comes with a one year warranty.

Pros

  • Transducer type – Condenser.
  • Frequency response range – 60 Hz to 18 kHz.
  • Polar pattern – Omnidirectional.

Cons

Using this with any device outside of a smartphone may require some additional gear purchase.

Suggestion

If you record audio or video with your smartphone and need something to boost your audio quality, then you may want to look at this.


PowerDeWise Professional Grade Lavalier Microphone

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PowerDeWise is a seller of various microphones and accessories designed for use with smartphones and DSLR cameras. While not among the more popular brands, this company serves a purpose that many vloggers and amateur video content creators will appreciate.

Here, the brand offers a lavalier microphone built to improve the quality of your mobile video creations. Its omnidirectional polar pattern ensures that it can easily pick up your voice even while clipped to your lapel or collar and its frequency response range of 50 Hz to 16 kHz is just right for picking the human vocal range.

When you order this microphone you will get a rotating clip. This makes it both easy to clip the microphone as well as position it optimally. You will also get a wind muff which makes recording outdoors less troublesome.

Other extras in the box include a 79 inch cable which allows you to record from a pretty long distance, a 4 to 3 pin adaptor for increased versatility and a carrying pouch for easy storage and portability.

This microphone is no doubt a great solution for anyone who creates video and audio content with their smartphones.

Pros

  • Polar pattern – Omnidirectional.
  • Frequency response range – 50 Hz to 16 kHz.
  • Extras – 79 inch cable, 4 to 3 pin adaptor and carrying pouch.

Cons

Its sensitivity makes positioning a bit of an issue.

Suggestion

This is surely a great resource for anyone who creates video or audio content with their phone and wants to improve the quality of the audio recording.


Purple Panda Lavalier Microphone Kit

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Purple Panda is a Canadian brand that is pretty new on the block. Its focus is the creation of top quality products that are easy to use and help amateur content creators create good quality video and audio projects.

This lavalier microphone kit offered by the brand is designed for use with smartphones, mobile devices, camcorders, DSLRs and other compatible devices. Its condenser transducer enhances quality audio pickup while its omnidirectional pickup pattern ensures that little escapes it.

In keeping with the brand’s philosophy, this microphone is very easy to use. It offers a simple plug and play operation that makes it usable by the most inexperienced user.

To further aid ease of use, several extras are included in the pack. These include: a 3 meter extension cord, a TRS adapter, a mini USB adapter, a fuzzy windscreen, an extra clip and a drawstring carrying pouch.

As a final icing on the cake, the brand throws in an Ebook, Filmmaking for Newbies E-Book, to help you improve your craft.

Pros

  • Transducer type – Condenser.
  • Polar pattern – Omnidirectional.
  • Extras – Ebook on filmmaking, fuzzy windshield, TRS adapter, mini USB adapter, 3 meter cord, extra clip and carrying pouch.

Cons

When using it with a DSLR, you may need some force to push the jack all the way into the adapter. If not pushed in all the way, it may not work or may have some noise.

Suggestion

This lavalier microphone offers real ease of use to folks who create video and audio content using smartphones and other mobile devices.


Sony ECMCS3 Clip On Lavalier Mic

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Sony Corporation, owners of the Sony brand, has been a leading electronics company for decades. The company has become a household name in the areas of consumer and professional electronics, audio equipment, gaming and more.

Though not particularly known for its microphone products, the brand here offers us the ECMCS3. This is a very compact clip-on microphone that will work with your laptop, mobile recording devices and many other devices that have a 3.5mm microphone input.

This microphone is very easy to use. First, with the clip, the microphone can be placed in the most optimal position to achieve the best pickup. The microphone also rotates on the clip to further enhance its positioning.

Once plugged, it requires no additional power but will work with the power supplied by its host device. It has a frequency response range of 50 Hz to 15 kHz which will perfectly capture the range of the human voice. It also has an omnidirectional pickup pattern which makes picking up sound from all directions very easy.

This microphone will improve the quality of your audio without depleting your wallet.

Pros

  • Polar pattern – Omnidirectional.
  • Frequency response range – 50 Hz to 15 kHz.
  • Sensitivity – -38dB.

Cons

Care needs to be taken with recording location and gain setting as the mic will easily pickup ambient sound because of its omnidirectional pickup pattern.

Suggestion

This is a very cheap microphone that will significantly improve the quality of your recording. It’s great for users on a really tight budget.


What You Should Get!

It’s been another interesting journey through the world of lavalier microphones. We had a short list of products to look through and our focus was on the lower end products that could be used on mobile devices.

After looking through the 5 products on our list and after considering what each one offered with regards to versatility and performance, we chose the Audio-Technica PRO 70 Lavalier/Instrument Microphone as our pick for Top Lavalier Microphone because we believe that it offers the best all-round value.

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Best Rapping Microphones

best-rapping-microphonesUsing the best rapping microphone to record your raps or perform live will not only make you sound better, it will also be a lot easier to use. Too many people think that any mic can be used for rapping. It’s not true.

In order to get the perfect mic to record rap, you need to look at the polar pattern, style, and sensitivity. Good rappers tend to have tons of plosives in their lyrics, so it’s important to get a mic that is capable of blocking those.

You don’t have to worry about all the technical stuff, we’ve reviewed all of the top microphones for rap music along with their pros, cons, and features, so you can pick the right one for your music.


Top 3 Rap Microphones


Top Microphones for Rapping

Here is our list of the best microphones for rapping in the studio or at a live show.


AKG C214 Large Diaphragm Microphone

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AKG is one brand that has contributed so much to the world of microphones such that the history of microphones cannot be complete without mentioning its name. Right from its inception in 1947 till date, the brand has maintained a leading position in this industry.

Here, AKG offers us the C214. This is a large diaphragm microphone that is offered as an affordable alternative to the legendary C414.

It shines in the studio for a variety of uses including vocals with the kind of high energy levels you will expect from rap musicians. It can actually handle sound pressure levels of up to 156dB.

This is a condenser microphone so it is very sensitive. You however have a 20dB attenuator that will reduce its sensitivity while the bass roll off will help manage those unwelcome low frequencies.

For its build, an all-metal construction ensures that the microphone will withstand the rigors of heavy use without showing signs of wear and tear.

With a frequency response of 20 Hz to 20 kHz and a maximum SPL of 156dB, this microphone can be put to a wide range of uses including vocal and instrument miking.

Pros

  • Transducer type – Condenser.
  • Polar pattern – Cardioid.
  • Frequency response range – 20 Hz to 20 kHz.

Cons

There’s really nothing one can complain about at this price. It is well worth the price and more.

Suggestion

If you are looking for a well-priced microphone that can handle intense vocal recordings and other applications then try this.


MXL 770 Condenser Microphone

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MXL Microphones is a brand owned by Marshal Electronics. This brand can be regarded as being relatively new to the microphone industry. Despite coming on the scene long after the leading brands had established themselves on the scene, they have still managed to create some space in the microphone market by providing affordable products to musicians on a tight budget.

We are here looking at the 770 from this brand. This is a large diaphragm condenser microphone that can serve multiple purposes. It has a wide frequency response of 30 Hz to 20 kHz, a sensitivity of 15mV/Pa and a max SPL of 137 dB.

To ensure it can produce great results in different recording or use scenarios, it has a 10 dB attenuator that cuts down it sensitivity for really loud audio sources. It also has a high pass filter that helps cut down on unwanted low frequencies.

These features make it perfect for vocals as well as certain instruments.

When you order this, you will get, in addition to the microphone, a sturdy carrying case and a shock mount that provides high isolation. Best of all, this will not break your bank one bit.

Pros

  • Transducer type – Condenser.
  • Polar pattern – Cardioid.
  • Frequency response range – 30 Hz to 20 kHz.

Cons

For the price, there is no con to be pointed out.

Suggestion

This microphone is ideal for the project or home studio owner on a tight budget. With this single microphone, you can achieve a professional level recording of both vocals and instruments.


Audio-Technica AT2035 Cardioid Condenser Microphone

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Audio-Technica has been around since 1962 and has really been impacting the professional audio world with its many top quality products. When it comes to headphones and microphones, very few brands equal the quality that this brand offers.

One of its products is the AT2035 which is a large diaphragm microphone with a condenser transducer and sporting a side address form factor. This is one microphone that will excel in any home or project studio setup.

With a frequency response of 20 Hz to 20 kHz and a max SPL of 149 dB, there are a number of applications, aside from vocals, that it will handle with ease.

To help manage its sensitivity especially when recording extremely hot audio sources, it features a 10 dB attenuating pad which can be engaged to curtail the hot signal. You can also engage the 80 Hz bass roll off when low frequency rumbles become an issue.

With proper positioning and gain staging, this here microphone can deliver at professional levels. Best of all, it will offer all these at a very affordable cost, making it ideal for those on a tight budget.

Pros

  • Transducer type – Condenser.
  • Polar pattern – Cardioid.
  • Frequency response range – 20 Hz to 20 kHz.

Cons

Some buyers get a plastic mounting adapter instead of a brass one.

Suggestion

If you own a project or home studio and you need a multi-purpose microphone that will deliver good quality without breaking your bank, then this is a good option to consider.


Rode NT1-A Complete Vocal Recording Solution

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Rode is another well-known microphone brand. This Australian company has, from its inception in 1967, never failed to live up to the expectation of its global customer base with products that help them shine.

One of such offerings is what the brand calls its Complete Vocal Recording Solution. This is a package that includes the popular NT1-A, a shock mount, a pop filter, a 20 feet microphone cable, dust cover and instructional video that can be downloaded. This package offers the singer or home studio owner an affordable way to begin to record audio professionally.

The NT1-A is a microphone that has gained notoriety as the world’s most quiet microphone. This is because if its self-noise that is put at just 5dBA. It is a large diaphragm microphone with a condenser transducer and a cardioid pickup pattern that excels for vocals and also some instrument recording.

Actually, with a maximum SPL of 137dB, its sensitivity and frequency response of 20 Hz to 20 kHz, this microphone will handle high intensity singing and playing.

Remember that it has a very low self-noise which means that the clarity you will achieve with it is top quality.

Pros

  • Transducer type – Condenser.
  • Polar pattern – Cardioid.
  • Frequency response range – 20 Hz to 20 kHz.

Cons

For its use and cost, there’s really nothing much to complain about.

Suggestion

This is an affordable package offer that is ideal for the home studio owner or anyone who is just starting off with professional recording.


AKG C414 XLII Microphone

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We started this review with an AKG microphone so it is interesting that we are ending with another microphone from AKG. This at least shows that the brand has a lot to offer in this niche.

What we are looking at here is the C414 XLII. This is a really interesting microphone in that it is so loaded with features that it almost appears as if the brand expects you to have just this microphone and use it for everything.

First, it is a large diaphragm microphone with a condenser transducer. Things begin to get interesting when you look at its polar pattern, or should we say, polar patterns.

This one microphone offers about nine switchable polar patterns. Some of these include: omnidirectional, cardioid, wide cardioid, figure of eight, and hypercardioid.

It also has a switchable attenuating pad with which you can cut -6 -12 or -18 dB. In addition to this, you can also cut unwanted lows with the bass roll-off option which offers a cut of 160, 80, or 40 Hz.

It comes in a briefcase-like box which will also contains a pop filter, a windscreen and a shock mount.

Pros

  • Transducer type – Condenser.
  • Polar pattern – Omnidirectional, cardioid, wide cardioid, figure of eight, and hypercardioid.
  • Frequency response range – 20 Hz to 20 kHz.

Cons

You need to learn how to really use its many features.

Suggestion

If you’re looking for intense versatility and you can pay for this microphone, get it. Your only problem may be having the patience to fully maximize its potentials.


What You Should Get!

Microphones are always interesting products to review. There are a lot of personal preferences and unique circumstances that come to play when deciding how good a microphone is. That said, some microphones offer a wider level of acceptance and versatility and that is what we will be basing our selection today on.

A critical look at this list shows that we’ve been unfair to a lot of the other microphones here. While they all offer some value, the AKG C414 XLII clearly stands heads and shoulders above them all. We can therefore not really say we were comparing microphones in the same class.

With all that said, we have no choice but to declare the AKG C214 XL our pick for the Top Rapping Microphone. This microphone will comfortably handle a wider range of vocal challenges with ease.

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