What is this place?

RecordingHacks is an online magazine about recording gear and techniques and the world’s best microphone database and search engine.

About The Microphone Database

The microphone database came about primarily from my frustration in researching SDCs for drum overhead use a few years ago. There is a ton of good information about microphones online, but it’s diluted by 10x as much junky information, making the useful data hard to get to. I think our mic database solves that problem.

Every mic profile contains the mic’s specifications, links to all the best reviews and forum exchanges, a list of related microphones, a tag cloud describing the mic’s characteristics, and a long description that includes, as appropriate, the mic’s origin and history, construction and circuit details, common applications, insider information, and more. Modification and upgrade opportunities are provided, with a sidebar showing links to commercial modders who can help non-DIY types. And finally, for boutique mics, I interview the mic’s designer to get a fuller glimpse into the mic’s design intent and some of the technical magic embodied in the physical microphone.

Microphone frequency-response graphs are presented in a common size and scale, facilitating comparisons. Click any such graph to see our new (November, 2010) graph-overlay tool, which will stack up two frequency graphs for direct visual comparison.

The database provides four distinct navigation schemes for all this information: browse by vendor, browse by tag cloud, search by mic type or classification, browse by “related mics.”

Who runs this place?

My name is matt mcglynn. Read more about me .

If you want to reach me, send an email to my first name (matt) at this domain, or leave a comment below. Also you can follow me on Twitter.

Thanks for reading, and welcome.

Who else is here?

I have been blessed with assistance from a number of industry insiders, notably David Royer of Mojave Audio and Royer Labs, David Bock of Soundelux and Bock Audio, Klaus Heyne of German Masterworks, Oliver Archut of AMI/Tab-Funkenwerk and Lucas Engineering, Tony Merrill of Stephen Paul Audio, Brent Casey of PMI/Studio Projects, and Bob Crowley of Crowley & Tripp.

See also the Credits page.

Links and Banners

We welcome your referrals! See a selection of mediocre banners (and feel free to submit better ones).

How can I help?

Submit a story, or story idea. Send us rumors about new gear. Take photos of microphones. Add mics to the mic database. Make awesome recordings. See the five ways to get in touch on the Contact page.

55 Responses to “About”

  1. BIM

    March 13th, 2008 at 10:42 pm

    very nice, clean look, your web site i mean.
    congrats for getting it up.
    your web site.

    keep on drumming !

  2. dr don

    March 16th, 2008 at 12:38 pm

    great job and even better info!
    cant wait to see the sequel to your setup.

  3. Lonya Nenashev

    December 30th, 2008 at 1:22 pm

    I couldn’t find any mentioning about Nevaton microphones. It’s a very respected company and need to be added to your list.

    Thank you and keep rocking!

  4. Gus Johnson

    February 2nd, 2009 at 2:50 am

    This site is a GOLDMINE !!!!!!! I couldn’t bookmark it fast enough

  5. Dave Lussier

    May 14th, 2009 at 11:00 am

    Nice site, very informative. As a person who has been reocrding at home for the past 20 years this site is a great resource. Thanks for putting it out there!

  6. Dave Therien

    May 16th, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    Glad to find you and your reviews of the KickPort…much appreciated – and you write well too! cheerio ~ D

  7. Trey

    June 3rd, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    Great concept and execution.
    Mind you, I don’t begin to qualify as a recording hacker.
    But you’ve provided an excellent source for comparing products.
    (Especially for lazy gits like me who find needle-in-a-haystack googling tiresome, or at least too distracting to ever finish.)

    Have you considered adding price range to your search criteria?

    Thanks for the info. Please keep it up.

  8. Bob Crowley

    June 25th, 2009 at 4:39 am


    This is a treasure-trove of useful information and very well presented. Let me know if you need any historical info – I have a large library.


    Bob Crowley
    June 25, 2009

  9. Ben

    January 9th, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    Hey Matt, very cool page…glad I found it. Amazing, mics and sourdough bread on one page…two great tastes that go great together. Cheers and happy 2010…!

  10. Saber

    April 11th, 2010 at 6:11 pm


    Very nice site, i was looking for a couple of mics for our band, the site is very instructive. nice mic collection also.

    I ve seen no review for behringer mics despite they have some popular models. is there any reason for that ? are these mics good deals ??

  11. Ray de Jager

    June 1st, 2010 at 4:58 am

    Thanks Matt and all the contributors for this great site on our gearslutting and mike-fetishing 😉

    Bookmarked it right away, and hope it will keep growing! Best regards to all our fellow technicians and engineers!

  12. Safiya Tang

    June 28th, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    we are the manufacturer of microphones, headphones and mic accessories. we offer the best price and highest quality products.

    Best regards
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  13. Sunny

    July 9th, 2010 at 10:46 pm

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    We are a specialized manufacturer of professional microphones and microphone accessories in Ningbo,China.Our most competitive products include tube mics?ribbon mics?USB mics?large diaphragm mics?insturment mics?performance mics?shock mounts?capsules?phantom power supply?pop filter?mic stands and cables etc.

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  14. joe sixpak

    November 22nd, 2010 at 10:34 am

    it would be useful to see the original list price on mikes that were discontinued — as a guide to buying used mikes wrt what they might be worth

  15. Brad

    January 3rd, 2011 at 7:16 pm


    Thanks for setting up such an informative web site. I have a question that I hope you might be able to answer. I am specifically looking for a TSM Muneo microphone. These are very hard to come by mics and are discountinued from Sweden. I have tried eBay and searching Google without any sucess. Do you know of a web site that sells rare music equipment? Any help would be most appericated. Thanks!

    Palmetto Florida

  16. matthew mcglynn

    January 3rd, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    Brad, the TSM Muneo has been discontinued and will not be reintroduced. You could set up a “saved search” on Ebay in hopes that one is eventually listed — but I doubt very many were sold in the US.

    You can find similar dual-tube microphones listed here — I’ve reviewed the sE Gemini II and found it to be an outstanding mic, and I’ve heard the Lauten Oceanus and came away extremely impressed. They both cost more than the Muneo, but both have higher-grade parts and a warranty.

  17. Rob Roy M Campbell

    January 18th, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    Just stumbled upon this site and I’m flipping out about it! I love it! Thanks for creating this amazing resource!!

  18. Ed

    January 22nd, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    very cool Matt…see you soon!

  19. Leandro Mogni

    February 15th, 2011 at 5:43 am

    What can you say about the Behringer T47 tube microphone??

  20. babagau

    April 7th, 2011 at 2:54 am

    great organised collection of mics, just what I was looking for! bookmarked!

  21. Walt Freytag

    April 17th, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    Question – I’m curious as to which type of microphone is best for recording brass instruments – I play trombone – I play in a brass quintet – and it would be nice if I could set up my Mac, a stereo preamp with phantom power and a pair of quality moderately priced mics. I’ve used condenser mics for voices – 2″ diaphram type – the recording turned out super – I’d like to do this for a small group and a large group – concert band size. Most of the specs talk of drums, guitars, singers – ala the new wave of music – I’m still hooked to the old way – and I’d like to get and keep some memories of how we “used” to do it. Any suggestions? Walt

  22. Core

    June 22nd, 2011 at 8:22 am

    Love this site do all my mic research on here

  23. Jeremy Sicotte

    July 13th, 2011 at 9:57 am

    Greetings guys,

    I was browsing your mic list and didn’t see any Manley microphones. I know a lot of big producers use the Manley Reference Cardioid and was really hoping you guys would be able to review one in the future. Thanks!

  24. David K

    July 24th, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    This is “THE” Microphone database on the web and while I am not a pro I sure have learned a lot and (what
    to avoid as well) Thank You

  25. Abraham Samuel

    October 27th, 2011 at 3:39 am

    Really great nice work up here…was very useful…All given up so nicely..
    Great Job! Matt :)

  26. Morten Stove

    November 23rd, 2011 at 7:31 am

    Another great microphone manufacturer to feature would be DPA Microphones. The best miniature Microphones on the market. No. 1 on Broadway and one of the most respected in the recording studios. In all modesty :-)

  27. Mads

    December 5th, 2011 at 5:44 am

    It has also surprised me that DPA haven’t found it’s way here yet, on what is otherwise one of the best resources on the internet about the wonderful world of microphones…!
    Keep up the good work Matt, the growing database very nice to have around. And the sound tests, often without revealing which microphone was recording what in a given situation, until one want to have that info. Do your own blind tests – It’s simple and very, very useful..!

  28. Brad

    January 13th, 2012 at 1:50 am

    I’d love to hear more about the entire Pearlman line, but especially the TM-250 and the Church mic.

  29. Ryan

    January 13th, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    Love the website! This is a great resource for the aspiring engineer. I feel like I’m here every day of the week. Surprised you don’t have the AKG C 414 B-ULS listed. I’d love to see that one on here, as I’m constantly comparing it with others. Thanks for the hard work in putting this website together!

  30. Chris Charlesworth

    January 24th, 2012 at 5:30 am

    Hey Matt
    Your site is invaluable. My 1st point of reference !!
    Any chance of including the Beyerdynamic Opus 89.
    This mic isn’t even included on Beyer’s website ??
    Personal user reviews are raving about it…..

  31. René Talbot

    February 9th, 2012 at 5:15 am

    Bonjour Matt, thank’s for the good work.
    I’d like to suggest you that you put the original wav files of the shootouts on a drop box or something. A simple numbering as name to identify them with the web page would do fine. Many person would surely take the time to download for deeper listening in studio.



  32. matthew mcglynn

    February 9th, 2012 at 10:59 am

    Rene, most of the original WAV audio files are already provided. We publish links to them from within each review.

  33. emmanuel sound

    March 5th, 2012 at 9:15 am

    just two words: THANK YOU!

    i’ll follow you blog with a lot of attention. I’m sound operator in Paris, and i think you’re work is very very informative. Thanks to you i know the Beyer dynamic mc930!!!
    see you
    ps: i’ve put your link in my personal blog, it will help my friends to choose good microphones!!!

  34. Bryce

    July 3rd, 2012 at 10:09 am

    Love the site! I was hoping you might do a microphone stand shoot out AND a snare mic shoot out (I searched but didn’t see one for snares). Its hard to find a good stand without spending huge dollars (like latchlake).

    Keep up the amazing site!

  35. Brian

    July 26th, 2012 at 3:50 am

    Hey Matt,
    How are you?
    I just wanted to write that I find the Mod’s boxes a little disconcerting as they put me off the mic! I think, well it must be pretty crappy if they are advertising a mod for it straight up.
    Still lovin’ you work though!

  36. matthew mcglynn

    July 26th, 2012 at 5:11 am

    @brian, there is a mod listed for the U87, too. _Every_ mic can be modified (although it remains to be seen whether the change is actually an improvement!).

  37. Philippe

    November 6th, 2012 at 9:06 am

    What an awesome bible about mics! Great job.
    Hope to be in touch one of these days!

  38. Mark Wilhelmsson

    April 9th, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    Feature suggestion for graph compare: Subtract one mics curve from another mic.

  39. Taylor Darland

    April 30th, 2013 at 7:45 am

    You have got to turn the Mic Database into an App for smartphones (apple). i would pay for it in a seconded as would a lot of engineers.

  40. Lynn Gnatzig

    September 26th, 2013 at 1:51 am

    Good Morning Matt,
    I am overwhelmed by your site.
    Thank you for your work.
    I have been in the music business as a performer, engineer, producer, etc. etc. since the 60’s.
    It has mostly boiled down to aspiring for the best way to translate an authentic acoustic guitar and vocal track in my home studio.
    Now…I did say mostly.
    Thank you again for going deep Matt.

  41. MIKE

    December 7th, 2013 at 2:58 am

    repair/upgrade mxl 991 condenser pencil mic:
    there isn’t any sound from the mic to the recording system,tried new cables n/g,used other mics and cables in all xlr jacks no problem, i reseated the mic capsule n/ recommended you, i would like to repair/improve this mxl 991 mic- i have a soldering iron, a multimeter that also measures frequencies, i would like to purchase all the parts & components & instructions necessary to accomplish this task as well as a list of any tools & solder. i appreciate your advice.

  42. Jeff Homan

    December 19th, 2013 at 8:40 am

    I love this site!!! As a relative newbie (I’ve been doing studio work as a professional saxophone player for 30+ years and have played through more Neumanns and 414s than you can shake a stick at, but am finally putting together my own home studio), I truly appreciate the wealth of information you have here, and have become fascinated with the possibilities that different mics present. That said, I would like to propose a comparison: we’re all licking our chops, waiting to see how the Neumann TLM 107 stacks up. What would you think about comparing it with similar mics, but from different price brackets? A few ideas/suggestions: Lewitt LCT 640, AKG 414 XLS, Beyer MC 840, Rode NT 2000, Studio Projects CS5 (have two, love them), ADK Thor, Shure KSM44a, A-T 4050, CAD M179. Inquiring minds want to know! Thanks again, Matt, for your fantastic site.

  43. Ed

    December 27th, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    Great reading. Really enjoyed all of your comments about USB and dynamic mics. Don’t know if I need the “cloud” or not for my set-up. I’m using a Shure SM7B mic with a Roland Quad Capture USB Interface. The Quad comes with a compressor, but I’m lost on the proper settings to give a rich sound. The mic I have creates a lot of bass. Of course, I can tweak this by EQ in Adobe Audition. What settings should I have for the mic to get rid of the bass. I work about 6 inches away from it. Any and all comments are welcome. I want the cleanest professional sound I can get. Hope to get some feedback. Thanks. Ed

  44. Shawn Myers

    January 4th, 2014 at 5:08 am

    Hello there Mike,

    I was following the panda studios microphone robot. I got kind of frustrated when I didn’t see any movement so a friend and I engineered the MyKasulBot – The Microphone Robot.

    They are available for preorder from our kickstarter at

    Please let me know if you have any questions. I would love to get an article on your site. I would even love to talk via Skype about all the cool things we already have in development. Thank you!

    Shawn Myers
    570 Productions

  45. nicco

    March 31st, 2014 at 10:17 pm


    Excuse my english…

    Do you try the audiotechnica atr2500-usb? do you prefer the ATR2100-usb I’am a podcaster in France. Thanks for answer.

  46. John Mackenzie

    April 30th, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    I am trying to find a microphone that is as good as my Rode N1, (old now), with a better shock mount. Does the featured Royer R-121 compare?
    I would love to hear it.

  47. nils c

    May 11th, 2014 at 10:59 am

    I often come back her to check mic facts.
    Thanx for setting up this brilliant site.


  48. Sheza

    September 23rd, 2014 at 4:16 am

    Hi Sir. ! I have a question and i need your help . I have seen your link about 1000 times
    Please can you provide me circuit diagram for this Sheng Yue bm700 microphone. Because i want to build this microphone. I have one capsule tsb160a but i cannot purchase that mic. I know they are cheap but i have no bank account and i can’t tell any one to purchase it because no one will agree. Also here in my country no one selling this microphone. So please if its possible then please provide me circuit i shall be great great and great thankful to you. Thank You one again. i’ll wait for your reply….
    Regards: Sheza

  49. Stewart

    September 25th, 2014 at 6:16 am

    Nice site.

    I came here to find out what capsule I have and which mic body did this capsule head come from. I had a look ober the Beyer capsules and did not see this one.

    (hopefully it’ll work)…

    The capsule is wired to a unit with the following code B 24-425.02-00

    Thoughts are it’s an old DM190, however DM190 appears to only appear on headset mic, which this is part of. Was there a 190 capsule from yesteryear (now discontinued). Thoughts are also it used to fit on the S6000 (trantec).
    Can you advise more about the capsule.
    Thanks: Stewart

  50. ken wheeler

    October 31st, 2014 at 12:36 am

    you MUST write a review on the M5 matched pair.

    Absurdly cheap, but OMG, what sound, …incredible.

    How did they produce such wonderful pencil mics SO CHEAP!!!

    Review!!!! Review !!!

  51. Edmund Weber

    February 20th, 2015 at 10:32 am

    Good morning Matt,
    We spoke perhaps two or so years ago about ribbon mics and such. I’m in
    Petaluma, and am in need of plans for building shock mounts sturdy enough
    to safely fly some RCA KU-2’s Been waiting too long for some to show up
    on Ebay or the mic forums. Always enjoy reading your reviews & blog!
    Ed Weber

  52. Denis Mc.Dermott

    August 14th, 2015 at 5:34 pm


    Great ‘site :-)

    Quick question:
    I know that a pair of cardioid capsules in one mic can be put in & out of phase, etc, to produce differing Polar Patterns but what are the results/pros&cons in using two OMNI capsules instead?

    Thanks you guys!

  53. Denis Mc.Dermott

    August 14th, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    I once bought an LDC in England that was kind of a ‘bottle’ mic in appearance except it had squared off, rectangular blue body with satin silver ‘ball’ mesh; stalk; XLR base and interegal yoke.

    It looked impressive & sounded pretty good! it was called a
    T-Bone Retro Jnr but once I had to sell it to fund a preamp I’ve never seen or heard of that model… before or since!

    I know sell a retro tube mic which is cylindrical & hardly too similar but has anyone else heard of this particular model?

  54. Jim Mooney

    March 1st, 2016 at 12:33 pm

    I know that I saw the Audio-Technica BP-40 broadcasting mic on this site, but now it is not listed in the A-T section….is it on its’ way out? I thought that this was a relatively new model from them.

  55. Russell Breeding

    November 23rd, 2016 at 7:44 am

    Facebook “Renaissance Sound & Recording”
    Really appreciate your site. Lots of good and great information. I do only live recording and have a decent stock of MXL mics. Main DAW is Protools 8 M-powered.

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