CAD e70 Review – Dual Capsule Pencil mic

CAD e70 Review – Dual Capsule Pencil mic
8/10

CAD e70 is an excellent quality pencil mic with interchangeable omni and cardioid capsules. Very natural sounding, it is crisp and has plenty of air with a nice sparkling flavor. This mic also features fine low end, which really nails the sound of an acoustic guitar. Not thin, not too deep, and just about right to handle the most instruments. There are of course exceptions: if you want to achieve warmer and richer sound, you’re…

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AKG C1000s Multipattern SDC Review

AKG C1000s Multipattern SDC Review
8/10

AKG C1000s is an inexpensive all-around mic with a switchable cardioid / hypercardioid pattern. It has a signature bright sound that creates an illusion of higher fidelity but also helps to clear up the sound in a live environment. Definitely not the highest quality mic, but if used correctly it can produce very decent results for instruments and female vocals. For videographers, of course I don’t recommend it. There are simply no viable mics at…

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Audix SCX1-HC – indoor hypercardioid review

Audix SCX1-HC – indoor hypercardioid review
10/10

Audix SCX1-HC is a professional hypercardioid SDC, mainly used for booming interviews and dialogues indoors. It can also be used for instruments when you want to achieve maximum isolation. Hypercardioid pattern makes it ideal for working in untreated rooms as it helps to minimize the impact of reflections. This mic has high sensitivity and requires some distance from the target. It has quite a narrow pickup, compared to other hypercardioids, and thus works best for…

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Azden SMX-30: DSLR Shotgun +Stereo mic review

Azden SMX-30: DSLR Shotgun +Stereo mic review
9/10

SMX-30 is a solid DSLR mic that makes a hybrid of shotgun and X/Y stereo mic. It’s surprising to see this innovative approach from Azden, which is a relatively new manufacturer but they’ve actually created a new, highly demanded and quality piece of equipment. SMX-30 also wears a modest price tag. Costing about the same as Rode VideoMic Pro R, it brings you an additional stereo mode for free. We were skeptical about this announcement…

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Audio-Technica AT2035 Review – Best Affordable LDC

Audio-Technica AT2035 Review – Best Affordable LDC
9/10

AT2035 is an inexpensive back electret condenser from Audio Technica that boasts pretty clear and balanced sound with low noise floor. This mic is a veeery good tradeoff between price and quality and hence, an ideal choice for home studios where budget is a factor. AT2035 has cardioid polar pattern and large diaphragm that actually works for both vocals and instruments. Having said that, the essential features of pad and low pass make it an…

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Shure MV5 Review – Portable USB microphone

Shure MV5 Review – Portable USB microphone
9/10

This device reminds us of legendary ‘Elvis Microphone’ except it is digital… and, it is packed with new features! Shure MV5 is a solid USB mic that boasts very decent quality at reasonable price (probably the best in up to $100 category). It is portable and highly compatible with Windows, Mac, iPad, iOS, iPhone and Android. Although it may lack the clarity of more expensive mics, the difference is not that huge. On a positive…

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Apogee MiC 96k for Mac, iPad & iPhone review

Apogee MiC 96k for Mac, iPad & iPhone review
7/10

Apogee MiC 96k behind the simple look offers a polished performance alongside with native Apple compatibility. This device brings a smooth experience for users of iPhone, iPad, Mac and new iPod. However, Microsoft Windows and likely other operating systems are not supported. As the name suggests the mic supports up to 96k sampling rate via 24 bit DAC. Paired with Core Audio interface it also results in a very low latency and can give demanding…

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CAD U37 – budget USB mic unbiased review

CAD U37 – budget USB mic unbiased review
7/10

CAD U37 is a very cheap USB mic and while some may not take it seriously, it actually offers the best bang for the buck. Despite having some disadvantages, overall quality is quite decent. This mic is mainly designed for situations that don’t demand maximum performance. Particularly, it will be a great choice for Skype, amateur videos and even gaming. Musicians who make simple covers for YouTube will also probably find it suitable. If this…

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Rode NT1 Cardioid LDC Microphone Review

Rode NT1 Cardioid LDC Microphone Review
10/10
Editor's Choice

Introduction. NT1 is a new all-purpose LDC from Rode with a truly exceptional sound. It resembles the appearance of older NT1-A, however, the inside has been redesigned from scratch. Comparing to predecessors the sound has become clearer, purer and far more natural, showing a tremendous improvement in every single aspect! As a large diaphragm mic, it also has a very neutral response, which is a privilege of expensive professional units. Particularly, it is very similar to…

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Shure KSM9 Condenser Microphone Review

Shure KSM9 Condenser Microphone Review
9/10

Shure KSM9 is a professional on-stage condenser mic. This model is renowned and remains a favorite choice of many musicians. It offers a natural, open sound, with a very balanced low-end, beautifully smooth midrange and brilliant highs. Giving just enough brightness to put you in line or slightly ahead of the instruments, I find it working great for all types of voices too. As expected from professional equipment, you’ll get that superior quality and low noise levels. The unique…

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Rode NT-USB: USB Recording Microphone Review

Rode NT-USB: USB Recording Microphone Review
9.5/10
Editor's Choice

Rode NT-USB is one of the best USB mics that beats anything in the under $200 range. It brings exceptional for USB quality without the need for special drivers or any additional 3rd party equipment. Neither is it overly expensive as it offers a solid and durable build, not skimping on quality components. The design is well thought out and provides for a handy headphone monitor and a pair of solid controls. It also comes with a well-fitted pop shield and…

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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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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 BETA 87A Review – Supercardioid Condenser Microphone

Shure BETA 87A Review – Supercardioid Condenser Microphone
9/10

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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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

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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