Microphones

WATCH NOW: Understanding Mic Specs Part 3 - Polar Pattern

Our friends at Shure have a helpful video series up on YouTube that all musicians and pro audio users should watch. Next up is a helpful clip that outlines the basics to understanding microphone specs and polar patterns, answering the age old question: when the heck would I use an omnidirectional mic vs. a unidirectional […]Read More »

WATCH: Why do microphones sound different? Understanding mic specs part 2 of 2

Our friends at Shure have a helpful video series up on YouTube that all musicians and pro audio users should watch. Next up is a helpful clip that outlines the basics to understanding microphone specs and frequency response, answering the age old question: why do mics sound different from each other? Watch it below and […]Read More »

WATCH: A Musician's Guide to Understanding Mic Specifications

Our friends at Shure have a helpful video series up on YouTube that all musicians and pro audio users should watch. First up is a helpful clip that outlines the basics to understanding microphone specs and operating principles. Watch it below and let us know what you think in the comments.Read More »

Performer’s Ultimate Guide to Microphone Selection

Many microphones have been talked about as if they have this mystical ability to enhance performances, as if they can transform a crappy guitar into a handcrafted masterpiece or a mediocre vocalist into a diva.  Is this true?  Should you plunk down a few grand on a vintage Neumann U-87?  Or will a Chinese-manufactured knock-off […]Read More »

Samson MTR231 Condenser Microphone Review

PROS: Good selection of mic patterns; excellent clarity. CONS: Intermittent switch (on our test unit, YMMV). PRICE: $199 Every audio company out there has produced a condenser mic, so what makes a good one vs. a bad one? The Samson MTR231 Condenser Microphone shows that condensers with more than one mode can be had inexpensively […]Read More »

Samson VR88 Velocity Ribbon Microphone Review

PROS: Great sound; plenty of applications in the studio. CONS: None. PRICE: $399 Samson has always made good quality microphones at an inexpensive price point. With their new VR88 Velocity Ribbon Microphone, they’re digging into the specialty market, with excellent results. For a quick primer on ribbon microphones; a light metal “ribbon” is suspended between […]Read More »

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