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About matthew mcglynn

matt mcglynn is the founder of what is arguably the best microphone website in the world, RecordingHacks.com. He is a lifelong technologist with a super-power of making order out of chaos and an unhealthy fascination with professional audio gear.

He can be easily contacted via email, Twitter, Facebook, About.me, or Google.

Posts by matt


Roswell Pro Audio Mini K47 Mic Giveaway

New visitors might not realize that I started this website (nearly 10 years ago!) because I felt like I couldn’t make sane purchase decisions about microphones without knowing what my choices were. Online stores will only show you the microphones they sell. Manufacturer websites can hardly be trusted to be objective about their own products. […]

Posted:Monday, October 2nd, 2017
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How to measure transformer ratio

Here’s one for the DIY crowd, or anybody looking to get their nerd on: how to easily measure a transformer’s turns ratio. (If DIY is not your thing, scroll down the homepage to see a 2-hour “Mic Madness” video I made last week with Warren Huart of Produce Like a Pro — classic RecordingHacks content, […]

Posted:Tuesday, August 29th, 2017
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Mic Madness with Warren Huart

Warren of Produce Like A Pro invited me to do a Q&A session on Youtube Live, which he dubbed “Mic Madness with Matt McGlynn.” We went on for over 2 hours! It was good fun, and we got into some detail about a number of things (but of course mostly about microphones!). Here’s the recording: […]

Posted:Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017
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Headphone hangar review: the Elevation Lab Anchor

I stumbled across this headphone hanger on Amazon in June, and bought it on a whim. Now it’s my new favorite audio accessory. Here’s the thing: my HD 650’s had been cluttering up my desk, or sitting on the floor nearby, for months. Best case, they’re getting dusty. Worse, they’re getting kicked and stepped on. […]

Posted:Thursday, August 10th, 2017
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The MXL 2001 / V67G Capsule Swap Mod

It is not news to anyone reading this that there is a ton of decent, affordable pro audio gear on the market. And it is probably not news that a lot of that gear can be made better through DIY — Do It Yourself — modification. In this article, we’ll take a look at a […]

Posted:Sunday, July 5th, 2015
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New Microphones at AES 2014

Manufacturers at the recent AES convention in Los Angeles presented a wonderfully wide array of new microphones. Neumann’s announcement of the reissued Fet 47 stole the show, which is a pity because many worthy new microphones didn’t get the attention they deserved. Let’s rectify that now.

Posted:Sunday, October 19th, 2014
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iOxboom iPad Mounting System Review

A couple of years ago, I bought an iPad harness so I could mount the tablet near my drums. I spent no more than 90 seconds researching the purchase — only as long as it took to identify the best-selling compatible item from Amazon.com. But the product turned out to be so poorly designed that […]

Posted:Monday, September 8th, 2014
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Six Ribbons, Two Voices

For this session of our “$1k Ribbon Mic Shootout“, we present two different male voices reading a narration. You’ll hear one voice through every mic at fixed distances (9 and in some cases also 4 inches), and a second voice at a distance selected for (subjectively) optimum results. Hear MP3s in a blind listening test […]

Posted:Saturday, August 2nd, 2014
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Female Vocals Ribbon Mic Shootout

The third session of our “$1k Ribbon Mic Shootout” features a sensational vocalist named Molly Reed. She sang a song that I believe is by Celia Cruz, called Te Busco. The downloadable session file contains audio samples at 4-inch and 8-inch working distances, and a “control” track from a Neumann U87. Read on for MP3 […]

Posted:Friday, July 25th, 2014
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