microphones

Recording with the Mid-Side Microphone Configuration

When most people record audio in stereo, they usually go to the most common mic configurations, such as a matched pair of microphones arranged in an X/Y pattern, or possibly those same matched mics in an ORTF pattern for a wider stereo field. 

Classic-Style Microphones and Outboard Gear from Golden Age Projects

Sometimes the design of production equipment is perfected early on, and even several decades’ worth of advancements in technology does little to improve its overall quality. 

The Rebirth of the Famed 5-Inch Cube Speaker and More Products from Avantone

Avantone is an audio-equipment manufacturer that, in its own words, “bring(s) to market the things we see as missing in the industry. This can be as simple as a certain price point we feel should be met to give excellent quality for reasonable pricing..." 

Hands-On Review of the Apogee MiC

The MiC from Apogee clearly demonstrates that advances in technology can deliver exceptional quality at ever lower price points. But that’s not the main feature of this condenser microphone. 

Mic Your Kit with Drum Mic Kits

Miking drums is one of the trickier challenges in music recording and live sound, but it’s also a very tantalizing one. Audio enthusiasts approach the capture, control and shaping of drum sounds with the same conviction that Jacques Cousteau employed when exploring the depths of the seas.

DJ Equipment That Will Make Any Wedding a Hit

A sports photographer needs a different set of tools than someone who shoots elementary-school portraits, and similarly, a wedding DJ often relies on different equipment than other kinds of DJs. 

Interior Dialog Boompole Microphone Roundup

When you’re operating a boompole to capture dialog for a video or film production indoors, it’s often best not to use a shotgun microphone. The kind of microphone that you want to use is a small diaphragm condenser with either a hypercardioid or a supercardioid pick-up pattern. More specifically, there are only a handful of microphone models that are preferred for this task.

The New Rode Stereo VideoMic Pro Hands-On Review

Røde is the undisputed leader in on-camera microphone technology, and its new Stereo VideoMic Pro is the most lightweight, compact and superior sounding camera-mountable stereo microphone the company has ever built.

The New Blue Spark Digital: USB and iPad Mic

Blue is a maker of fine microphones, well known for their excellent sound quality and unique industrial design. In 2011, Blue released an affordable studio microphone with a standard, analog XLR output called the Blue Spark.

New from Blue: The Compact Tiki USB Microphone

Blue has a reputation for making quality microphones with visually striking designs, and the freshly announced Tiki USB Microphone is no exception. The Tiki is less than 3" long, and it connects directly to the USB port of your Mac or PC.

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