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.
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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
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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The sax session of our “$1k Ribbon Mic Shootout” was made possible by John Patrick Douglas, a wonderful musician who has played with dozens of jazz, classical and world music acts from the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. John brought his alto sax, a 1959 Selmer Mk VI (Jody Jazz HR 6 mouthpiece, 3.5 [...]
Posted:Wednesday, July 16th, 2014
In this second installment of the “$1k Ribbon Shootout,” we’ll measure and compare frequency responses across all the mics, and listen to how each one responds to proximity. Finally, we’ll do a self-noise test.
By way of quick review, here are the six ribbon microphones included in this evaluation:
Posted:Tuesday, July 1st, 2014
A handful of exciting new ribbon microphones have come out in the past year, so naturally, I got a pair of each and staged some sessions. We pulled in a few familiar models for comparison purposes; because the new mics all fall into the midpriced ($600-$1000) tier, we limited the selection to microphones under $1000.
Posted:Friday, June 13th, 2014
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In which we circle back after 3 years (!) and wrap up the most ambitious and expensive ribbon microphone test ever made.
Posted:Monday, May 26th, 2014
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Hear ADK’s five new $1800 microphones on the wonderful voice of Youtube star Lauren O’Connell.
Posted:Monday, May 12th, 2014
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A full review of the best microphone accessory I’ve ever seen. “Precise mic placement without compromise,” indeed!
Posted:Monday, April 28th, 2014
Burbank, CA (April 1, 2014) — Royer Labs announces the availability of the R-121 XL, the world’s longest ribbon microphone. Featuring an 8-inch long ribbon, the R-121 XL delivers unprecedented proximity effect and low-frequency extension.
“We began with the R-121 ribbon motor,” says designer David Royer, “and just made it a lot longer. The commercial use [...]
Posted:Tuesday, April 1st, 2014
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As I made the rounds at the NAMM show in January, two products were on everybody’s mind… two new products that seem to have captured people’s imaginations in a way that a roomful of inexpensive cardioid condensers will never do. Two products that made people ask, “Did you see that?” Followed immediately by, “You should [...]
Posted:Monday, March 31st, 2014