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Posts from July, 2011



Ribbon Shootout: Alto Sax

Thursday, July 28th, 2011 | by matthew mcglynn

Session #4 of 6, for the “$60,000 Ribbon Mic Shootout.” Listen to alto saxophonist Jon Cruz play through 30 different ribbon microphones.

Posted in Acoustics, Microphones, Reviews, Shootouts | 9 Awesome Comments



Ribbon Shootout: Drum Overheads

Friday, July 22nd, 2011 | by matthew mcglynn

The drum session of the $60,000 Ribbon Microphone Shootout was recorded at Jon Mattox’ Bright Orange Studios in Los Angeles. Jon is a musician and producer whose compositions have been used on enough Hollywood movie trailers that I can pretty much guarantee that you’ve heard his stuff before. (If you are interested in drum microphones, […]

Posted in Drums, Microphones, Reviews, Shootouts, Technique | 17 Awesome Comments



Ribbon Shootout: Dirty Guitar

Monday, July 18th, 2011 | by matthew mcglynn

The second (of 5!) sessions in our massive ribbon microphone test: dirty guitar, starring Doug Doppler and a Marshall JCM2000 through a 4×12. Rock on! \m/

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Ribbon Shootout: Clean Guitar

Friday, July 15th, 2011 | by matthew mcglynn

The first session of the $60k Ribbon Mic Shootout was the “clean” guitar test, using a Fender Deluxe Reverb. This track stars Doug Doppler, playing a Nashguitars Tele.

Posted in Microphones, Shootouts | 13 Awesome Comments



Too Many Ribbon Mics

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011 | by matthew mcglynn

A brief introduction to 29 of the 30 microphones in our massive ribbon-mic shootout. (The 30th is sekrit!) Includes a group portrait of about $50,000 worth of mics.

Posted in Microphones, Shootouts | 41 Awesome Comments



The $60,000 Ribbon Mic Shootout

Monday, July 11th, 2011 | by matthew mcglynn

The market has seen a ton of innovation in ribbon microphone design over the past five years: new ribbon materials, high-end transformer implementations, acoustic impedance and passive equalization innovations, plus hundreds of new design ideas that improve frequency response and durability. The result is an inventory of ribbon mic choices that is wider than ever […]

Posted in Microphones, Shootouts | 7 Awesome Comments



beyerdynamic MC930 review: drum overheads

Monday, July 4th, 2011 | by matthew mcglynn

We put the MC 930 above a drum kit, and shot it out against modded MK-012 and modded AKG C 460 Bs. Includes audio samples and detailed comparison.

Posted in Drums, Microphones, Reviews | 7 Awesome Comments



Cloudlifter CL-1 Review

Saturday, July 2nd, 2011 | by matthew mcglynn

Cloud Microphones has revised their Cloudlifter “mic activator.” This is a review of the updated device, focusing on a few benefits and applications not covered in our review of the original Cloudlifter.

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Posted in Microphones, Reviews | 23 Awesome Comments