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.
Posts by matt
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 simple and [...]
Posted:Sunday, July 5th, 2015
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
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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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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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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