Audix DP7 – Drum Microphone Kit Review

Audix DP7 – Drum Microphone Kit Review
9/10

Audix DP7 is a premium drum mics kit designed for a standard 7-piece setup. In many aspects, it is superior to Shure and a number of other entry-level drum mics, though the price difference is tangible. This set is ideal for tracking / recording, and assumes you have a decent gear overall. Perhaps, a bit too expensive for beginners, but it will sound noticeably better comparing to the cheaper mics. Whoever chooses Audix DP7 will get a solid set…

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Samson 8kit – Drum Microphone Kit Review

Samson 8kit – Drum Microphone Kit Review
7/10

Samson 8kit is a great choice for 8-piece recording. Although of a less known brand, this model features an unbeatable price and even overthrows the more expensive kits from long-established competitors. To our surprise, it sounds well above par.  It takes the middle course of bringing more of a balanced sound and maximum transparency, suiting a variety of drums with little to no adjustment. The mics of course, are not premium but they are very decent…

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AKG D112 Dynamic Kick Drum Microphone Review

AKG D112 Dynamic Kick Drum Microphone Review
9/10

AKG D112 is a classic mic for kick drums that features large diaphragm, designed for high sound pressure and can handle quite a bit of vibrations. Typically, dynamic mics never boast having balanced frequency charts, especially when meant for kick recording where all you’d probably hope for is a decent low-end. Surprisingly, D112 is rather the exception. This mic is more or less accurate throughout its entire range of up to 17 kHz, and it doesn’t…

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Audio-Technica AT899 Mini-Lavalier Microphone Review

Audio-Technica AT899 Mini-Lavalier Microphone Review
9/10

Audio-Technica 899 is a high-end lavalier with a standard XLR output, featuring a very low profile and an exceptional sound quality. It is somewhat expensive but it in no way overpriced, as it brings the best experience you can ever get with a lavalier. This mic can be used for pretty much anything: video making, broadcasting, theater play, church service, etc., especially when you don’t want it drawing unrequired attention. The package also includes a…

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Audio-Technica PRO70 Cardioid XLR Lavalier Review

Audio-Technica PRO70 Cardioid XLR Lavalier Review
10/10
Editor's Choice

AT Pro 70 is an affordable, professional lavalier that comes with a battery pack and a standard XLR output. Ideal for both voice and instruments it also includes a handy instrument mount in the package. This microphone uses phantom power to polarize the capsule. Phantom power can be either supplied externally or generated by the battery. It’s quite useful, especially if your device does not produce the phantom power by itself. Powered by a single…

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Giant Squid Audio Lab Omnidirectional Microphone Review

Giant Squid Audio Lab Omnidirectional Microphone Review
9/10
Editor's Choice

Giant Squid Audio Lab is a renowned lapel microphone that works wonders in all kinds of setups. Despite being one of the most affordable choices, the quality of its sound can likely blow you away. Having a standard 3.5 mm microphone jack, it can be used with most of standard devices, including computers, laptops, cameras etc. For smartphones though, it may not be the best choice, as it will require an additional 4-pin 3.5 mm…

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Rode smartLav+ Lavalier Mic for Smartphones Review

Rode smartLav+ Lavalier Mic for Smartphones Review
8/10

Rode smartLav+ is an omnidirectional lapel mic designed specifically for smartphones. It may not be the very best mic around but it certainly offers a great quality for the price. For a smartphone, you won’t need a high-end microphone anyway. Far more important is the usability: this device requires no special apps nor sophisticated adaptors – just plug it on and you are ready to go. With this mic, you will get a substantially better…

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Rode VideoMic Pro Compact – DSLR Mic Review

Rode VideoMic Pro Compact – DSLR Mic Review
8/10

Rode VideoMic Pro VMP is a compact professional mic that perfectly sits on any DSLR camera while leaving minimum footprint. For an average consumer it may seem somewhat expensive, but it is Rode and it pays out with quality. If you want to achieve a decent sound for your recordings this would be a must have addition, as even high-end cameras sound terrible with their in-built mics. Not only can this model deliver a clean…

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Shure DMK57-52 Drum Microphone Kit Review

Shure DMK57-52 Drum Microphone Kit Review
8/10

DMK57-52 is an ideal package from Shure that works wonders with any 4-piece drum set. This pack includes a Beta-52A and 3 x SM57 mics, all coming with decent quality clamps. Both models are actually dynamic. SM57 has a cardioid picking pattern and a well-tailored frequency response from lows to highs with especially stable mid-range. It works not only for toms and for snares but it is also a good all-around mic, frequently used for…

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Microphone sound absorption and reflection.

Microphone sound absorption and reflection.

A lot of people buy expensive microphones for recording just to find out that they still sound awkward. The reason why this happens often has nothing to do with the mic, although a wrongly chosen model can be another significant factor. The main reason you don’t sound all right is the so-called bad acoustics. Basically, acoustics is a number of factors that determines the propagation of sound in one or another environment. This can mean…

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All you need to know about wireless microphones.

All you need to know about wireless microphones.

Wireless mics typically use radio frequency to transmit the signal without using wires. They are powered by internal batteries in order to modulate the radio signal and send it to a receiver. Such receiver however, would still use short wires to output the signal further to an amp or mixer. There is a great variety of receivers using different modulation methods and basic preamp features such as active EQ, gain control, etc. Note, wireless mics…

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Blue Microphones enCORE 200 Dynamic Microphone Review

Blue Microphones enCORE 200 Dynamic Microphone Review
7/10

Blue en-Core 200 is an active dynamic microphone with a cardioid pattern. It delivers a bright, high definition sound that easily cut through the mix. It can best be used for live shows especially with quiet passages as it helps to minimize electromagnetic interference. The unique feature of en-Core 200 is a prebuilt amplifier, which adds a little bit of gain and helps to reduce the annoying hissing and humming noises, which may also result from low quality wires. This mic is quite…

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Shure BETA 87A Review – Supercardioid Condenser Microphone

Shure BETA 87A Review – Supercardioid Condenser Microphone
10/10

Shure Beta 87A delivers a superb quality, open sound with lots of detail and clarity. It has a wide dynamic range and can handle both weak and powerful vocals without distortion. This mic is well tuned for stage performance and it easily cuts through the mix without putting strain on the singer. With a supercardioid pattern it achieves superior gain before feedback and minimum stage bleed, giving you the ability to perform on smaller and more aggressive stages when needed. The frequency response is nicely balanced and sounds natural throughout…

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Electro Voice ND767A Dynamic Vocal Microphone Review

Electro Voice ND767A Dynamic Vocal Microphone Review
7/10

Electro Voice 767A is a cheap but very good sounding vocal mic. Although it may not be as durable as Shure SM58, it certainly has a way better performance for just about the same price. It has a bright high-end with a smooth bottom end. Whatever your voice is, it will never sound muddy as this mic always delivers a lot of detail and clarity. If you need a good entry-level mic with above standard sound…

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Sennheiser e945 Supercardioid Dynamic Microphone Review

Sennheiser e945 Supercardioid Dynamic Microphone Review
9/10
Editor's Choice

Sennheiser e945 is a great example of a great vocal mic. Made of quality, it produces an extraordinary for dynamics clear ‘n natural sound with a pleasant bit of warmth while easily cutting through the mix. This mic is not ‘picky’ about your technique, be it clean or grungy voice (or even something more extreme?). Gain before feedback is also quite very good – way better than most of the available mics on the market…

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Shure SM58S Vocal Microphone Review

Shure SM58S Vocal Microphone Review
6/10

This is a very old model, introduced about 50 years ago and still in production. It has a fairly good sound, for which it even received a number of awards – though that was in the past. Now, this mic is getting steadily outdated and replaced by more advanced models. On the good side, it is very affordable, and so would be a great choice for any broke musicians and amateur singers. If your mic budget…

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Understanding different microphone polar patterns.

Understanding different microphone polar patterns.

The picking pattern basically enables a mic to pick up sound from different directions. While being more sensitive to some directions, e.g. front, a mic can be less sensitive or completely insensitive to other directions. This picking pattern can also be referred to as polar pattern, and basically it determines just that. When used wisely, it allows achieving a good amount of noise cancellation from unwanted sources of sound and record only exactly what you…

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Audio-Technica AT4040 Cardioid Condenser Microphone Review

Audio-Technica AT4040 Cardioid Condenser Microphone Review
8/10

AT4040 is another masterpiece from Audio-Technica sitting in the middle-end price range. It is a large diaphragm, condenser mic with a cardioid pick-up pattern and a smooth, uncolored sound. This mic will work for any situations, both for home and professional studios alike. Conversations or singing, instruments, percussions or drums – there’s nothing it cannot handle. With the pad on, it can record even the loudest sounds with minimum distortion. A specification of maximum SPL…

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Audio-Technica AT2020USB / AT2020USB PLUS, Cardioid USB Microphone Review

Audio-Technica AT2020USB / AT2020USB PLUS, Cardioid USB Microphone Review
9/10
Editor's Choice

This is a great quality plug and play mic that connects directly to your computer or laptop through a USB port. The ease of use makes it an ideal choice for home studio and field recording. Audio-Technica AT2020USB goes even further by bringing you the unseen before superior sound, which makes it comparable to more expensive studio units. Not only does it perfectly suit tasks like podcasting or voiceovers, it achieves quite a professional performance with vocals and even instruments. Whatever is that you are recording, you…

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CAD M179 Variable-Pattern Condenser Microphone Review

CAD M179 Variable-Pattern Condenser Microphone Review
6/10

CAD M179 is one of the good old mics from this company, which is still available today although it does have problems competing with more recent models. It actually has a great sound with a relatively low noise floor, the package also includes a quite decent shock mount and the mic itself has a variable pattern, meaning it could be useful for different recording situations. The sound and quality The first thing that will strike you about this entry-level microphone…

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