There are lots of great audio/music software & hardware products out there in the Pro Audio world. At Production Expert, we review a variety of products designed to make you work smarter and produce better results in your studios. There are occasions when a product is so good we end up buying it for ourselves, these products usually get our Expert's Choice Award (formerly known as Editor's Choice Awards) for being such fantastic products.
Our friends at British microphone company Sontronics have put some of their stunning drum mics together in two packages called the DrumPack and DrumPack Plus. Both packages feature the stunning DM-1B kick drum mics along with SM-1S for snare drum and DM-1T for toms. If you want to take your drum sound to the next level these could be the solutions for you.
I’m sure we have all seen the recording trick where you use a speaker, traditionally the woofer from a Yamaha NS-10 monitor speaker, to record the kick or bass drums from the outside. This technique is an excellent way to capture some real low-end sub tones but, there is nothing pretty about a homemade “Heath Robinson” contraption cobbled together stand arrangement. Could the Solomon LoFreq be an aesthetically and musically pleasing, alternative to the high priced Yamaha or DW alternative?
Our friends at Antelope Audio have been busy with not just one but three new products that were previewed at the recent winter NAMM show and are now officially announced. Edge Go is the world’s first bus-powered modelling microphone designed to give users a complete studio experience with microphone and audio hardware emulations onboard using Antelope’s real-time FPGA FX platform. Antelope’s Orion series also gets an update with the new Orion32+ Gen 3 and Orion32 HD Gen 3. These audio interfaces offer an amazing amount of audio I/O that set a new price and performance standard.
This new Kickstarter campaign caught our attention because it looks useful but looking more closely, we wouldn’t use it. Is it the idea or the execution which isn’t right?
I’m sure like many of you, I was under the impression that “251” style valve condenser microphones were mainly used to record female vocals. John McBride of Blackbird Studios in Nashville is on the record as saying that an original Telefunken 251 is his “go-to” microphone when recording his wife Martina. But how does the new Warm Audio WA-251 stack up as an instrument mic. I invited composer and guitar player Paul Sundt back to the studio to record one of this tracks playing a couple of my acoustic guitars recorded using the WA-251.
In this article we have combined many of our reviews of large diaphragm condenser microphones that you can buy today. Some of these mics represent great value for money, others are undoubtedly on the other side of what consider to be expensive though don’t forget top quality sometimes costs top draw. Over the years we at Production Expert have either reviewed or used all of the mics in this list in some way, shape or form which has helped inform our choice for this list
At NAMM 2019 Apogee have announced the HypeMiC, which they describe as their ‘next-generation’ studio-quality USB condenser microphone with built-in analog compressor. Now that is not something we have heard before.
Austrian microphone manufacturer LEWITT announces 2 small diaphragm new condenser microphones ideal for home studios, the LCT 040 MATCH and LCT 140 AIR priced at $99 and $149 respectively.
The small team at Vanguard Audio Labs Microphones are very pleased to announce that they will be debuting their new Vanguard V7 FET multi-pattern and multi-capsule microphone at this weeks 2019 winter NAMM show.
On the run up to the Christmas holidays, as a team, we were talking about which microphone, from all the ones we each own, we would choose if we could only keep one. Over the holiday period each of us shared which microphone we keep if we could only have one.
As you can imagine we at Production Expert get a chance to test a vast amount of the latest software and hardware but once in a while a brand approaches us that we have no experience of. This was the case with JZ Microphones (pronounced Jay Zed, not Jay Zee). This is how I got on using the JZ Microphones Black Hole BH-1S and the BH2 in a tracking session.
The team at Warm Audio are very pleased to announce their new multi-pattern valve condenser microphone the WA-251, which, yes you guessed it is an updated recreation of the legends that are the 251 style mics of old.
You get to keep just one microphone, which one would you choose? Julian Rodgers makes his choice.
You get to keep just one microphone, which one would you choose? James Ivey makes his choice.
10 years ago this year Russ Hughes started the AIR Users blog, which morphed into Pro Tools Expert in 2012. To celebrate our 10-year anniversary we ran a competition with a Pro Audio gear and software prize pot worth over $30,000. One of the prizes was a bundle from our friends at Townsend Labs.
The competition closed on December 31st 2018 and we can announce that the winner is Levi Dowsett.
We’ve been talking on the team about what microphone we would choose if we could only keep one? I realised that if I only had one mic, I couldn’t do any stereo work so my choice is my stereo MS location recording mic, an Audio Technica AT835ST. Of course being an MS mic, I can still use it as a mono shotgun mic for any of the duties
We’ve been talking on the team about what microphone we would choose if we could only keep one? In my opinion the Shure SM7B is a great sounding multipurpose microphone, which is affordable and rugged.
You get to keep just one microphone, which one would you choose? Russ Hughes makes his choice.
Did you ever hear the story about the recording engineer who had time to try out several different microphones to hear which they likes the best? Yes I know, it’s a fairy story. In these days of modern budgets and time constraints we tend to go with what we know works. There is very rarely time to experiment and try out new gear and new ideas. However, when you have a string quartet on hand to help you out from time to time, one does get the opportunity to “have a play” and see what works.