Sennheiser MK8 Dual Diaphragm Condenser Microphone
One thing I love about my work is that I get to use some really great gear well before I often expect to. Not long ago I was looking at the Sennheiser website and reading about the new MK8 microphone and thinking about how popular the MK4 was to begin with. Not six hours later and I happened to have an MK8 sitting on my desk ready and waiting for me to test out. How good is that! Well, I’ll tell you how good it was. For those of you who own or used the popular MK4 microphone from Sennheiser, you will be glad to know that this one is a very good follow up and worthy of a product code that is twice that of the previous offering. Twice the microphone deserves twice the title.
Neumann TLM107 Condenser Microphone
I have to say, I always enjoy being sent a microphone from Neumann to test out. Every detail is a joy, from the packaging, to the wooden cases to the unveiling of the actual microphone itself. Then, it comes to the actual listening and the good times simply roll right on. So, call me biased, but this has not come from anywhere but a continued use of Neumann microphones that have failed to disappoint me. They simply are built to an incredible standard and offer results to match.
Blue Bluebird Condenser Microphone
Blue microphones have become as well known for their quality sound over the years as they have for their somewhat unconventional designs. That said, Blue have now spent so long with a presence this strong in the recording world, that their designs are starting to become common place, or are even imitated by others. So, I am always delighted to open up a package from Blue for a test drive, knowing that what I’m going to get is going to sound great and offer some inspiration in design.
Sennheiser e901 Kick drum condenser Microphone
I know a lot of drummers who are always musing about what the best kick drum microphone is going to be for their setup. They all have varying opinions, and it all mostly comes from what they have used with various engineers in the past. One common factor in their decisions is that they have been told this or that from someone else, and haven’t necessarily had a chance to try all the options. This is where I am going to challenge all drummers reading this to take a risk and try a new idea. And with that, I present to you all the Sennheiser e901 Condenser Microphone for kick drums.
Audio-Technica AT2020USBi Condenser Microphone
Well, it’s certainly been some time now since the first USB microphones started appearing in stores. At first it seemed like somewhat of a bad idea, taking a microphone and squeezing an A/D converter and USB port all into one casing for a budget price. Now we’re beginning to bene t from what many manufacturers learnt with earlier models, and we’re seeing some great microphones being offered in a USB model alongside the original. One such company that has gotten this digital conversion of one of their studio tools right is Audio-Technica. Most of you would have used their microphones or headphones at some point and many of you, I’d guess, already own an AT microphone. The AT2020 has, since its release proven to be a great microphone for the money, but now, Audio-Technica have taken it one step further with the AT2020USBi, allowing connection to PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod.
Neumann KM 184 Condenser Microphone
The Neumann company has, over many years, built up a reputation for designing and manufacturing the fnest microphones available. This has not happened by any sort of accident and it defnitely didn’t happen overnight. But, it is through their quest for excellence in audio capture that such results are achieved and so, I know with each and every Neumann microphone I have to use that I will be working with the absolute best quality. Yes, this does sound like a bit of a glowing recommendation, but that’s because it’s backed by the knowledge that these microphones deliver what they promise, and don’t just tease us with tempting specifications whilst falling short on results. Therefore, as I unpacked the KM 184 this month, before I even had a chance to plug it in, I knew this was going to be good.
SHURE - PGA181 SIDE ADDRESS CONDESER MIC
This is a microphone that is visually striking at first glance, somewhat reminiscent of other brands of microphones that offer a classic look and fancy at a vintage price. The PGA181 comes with a vintage look and a vintage sound at a very modern price. As a ‘do it all’ tool for your studio, this microphone will come in handy for instruments, vocals and a range of percussion uses. This could be the ideal add on microphone to any recording setup, offering a little something different to the rest of your arsenal.
NEUMANN - TLM 102 CARDIOID CONDENSER MIC
Neumann has long been one of the go to microphone brands for studios around the world. Typically making high-end studio quality products, their wares can be heard on anything from the Beatles to Beyonce. Hailing from Berlin, Neumann has produced more than their fair share of classic mics with the U87, U47, KM184 and M149 - although these mics command quite a hefty price. Whilst not a budget mic, the TLM102 isn’t too expensive and comes as an affordable piece of Neumann kit – is it worth it?