Audix OM-7 Hypercardioid Microphone Review

Audix OM-7 Hypercardioid Microphone Review
8/10

Audix OM-7 is a hypercardioid microphone /w dynamic capsule designed specifically for live performance. It’s been out for some while and I happened to hear only positive reviews, which seemed to me rather exaggerated back then. But recently, I was able to test it all out myself and comparing with other models, the results got me astounded… It is hard to believe how much better can this guy make you sound on stage! Sound & quality…

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Audio-Technica AT8035 Medium Shotgun Review

Audio-Technica AT8035 Medium Shotgun Review
9/10

Audio-Technica AT8035 is a 14.5” highly directional, medium shotgun. It is a cheap but powerful tool, invaluable for filming wider scenes or walk ‘n talk dialogues, especially where you find a short shotgun’s reach lacking. Whereas the maximum effective reach for short shotguns is only 2 feet, medium shotguns can effectively work from up to 4 feet distance. This model has a light weight, and it can be effectively used with most of booming techniques….

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Sennheiser MKE 600: The Best Short Shotgun Review

Sennheiser MKE 600: The Best Short Shotgun Review
9.5/10
Editor's Choice

Sennheiser MKE 600 is a fantastic quality, 10” short-range shotgun. Although considered an entry model, which is available at rather modest price, it has just about professional performance! Moreover, I’d say this mic is probably the best raw performer in its range. This is not only about the quality but also about the design. It may appear modest, but it’s certainly more convenient than both AT897 and Rode NTG2. It also performs great in both close and open areas without relying on…

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Audio-Technica AT897 Short Shotgun Review

Audio-Technica AT897 Short Shotgun Review
7.5/10

Audio-Technica AT897 is another 11” short shotgun that is very similar to NTG-2. Both mics have identical size and construction and both cost roughly the same money. The quality is very similar too but they have slightly different sound or call it “tone”. Although this isn’t obvious from the frequency pattern, NTG-2 tends to add some mud on low end, especially when miked indoors. On the other hand, AT897 sounds brighter but tends to get…

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RØDE NTG2 Condenser Shotgun Microphone Review

RØDE NTG2 Condenser Shotgun Microphone Review
8/10

RØDE NTG2 is an entry-level 11” short-range shotgun that boasts an accurate sound while providing superb amount of rejection. The model is quite lightweight though it still offers a solid look and feel, and just as you would expect from RØDE, it is a high-quality piece of equipment. NTG2 is actually one of the most popular models today due to its remarkable overall quality and affordable price. Also, by far it has the narrowest pickup…

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Azden SGM-1X Short Shotgun Microphone Review

Azden SGM-1X Short Shotgun Microphone Review
6/10

Azden SGM-1X is a cheap full size shotgun that can be mounted on both camera and pole. It measures 12.3 inches long and offers a very decent sound rejection. Its main advantage is the price: those who need high directionality but low on budget simply won’t find anything better. Indeed, this model costs half the price, quarter or even a tenth of the price of a professional shotgun with a similar directional pattern. Although I…

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Audio Technica AT829CW Lavalier Microphone Review

Audio Technica AT829CW Lavalier Microphone Review
8/10

Audio Technica AT829CW is a quality lavalier mic designed specifically for AT body-pack wireless transmitter. If you do not have one yet, you may also get it in bundle with transmitter. This makes a very good all-purpose combo that I recommend above all for the price. Note: the mic uses a unique four-pin connector that is different from XLR, so it won’t work with devices from other vendors. However, although XLR is technically more compatible,…

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CAD Audio Touring 7 Microphone Kit Review

CAD Audio Touring 7 Microphone Kit Review
8/10

TOURING7 is a new drum mics set from CAD Audio that comes with a very humble price tag. As a budget model, it isn’t supposed to be all-perfect, and yet it still brings us a great sound, which is more than decent for the price! This mic set works particularly good for live gigs, and it’s relatively easy to set up for any hot environment. As a bonus, you also get carrying case – a…

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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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