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Photographers Needed

We have documented a great number of obscure, discontinued microphones. But there are even more left to do.

The hard part is getting decent photographs; this is one of the reasons many mics are not in our database. If you own such a mic, you could help us by shooting some pictures of it.

Quick tips for better mic photos:

  1. stand the mic up on its XLR jack against a neutral wall (ideally white) — or better yet, stand it on a curved piece of posterboard to create an “infinite background”.
  2. turn on every light in the room, and open the windowshades. You want as much ambient light as you can get.
  3. Turn off the camera flash. A single-point flash will more likely than not ruin the photo.
  4. Turn the camera sideways (portrait mode). Unless you’re shooting a really fat microphone.
  5. Use a tripod if possible, to avoid camera shake.

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106 Responses to “Help Wanted!”

  1. Lutz Dingler

    March 13th, 2020 at 1:01 pm

    Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,
    there’s a minor mistake in the description of the Neumann U89i.
    The mic was introduced in 1980 (Source: https://en-de.neumann.com/u-89-i).
    Thank You for Your great website!
    Cheers
    Lutz (Germany)

  2. ROLLOW ARLIN

    December 18th, 2020 at 9:51 pm

    On the AKG P 420 YOUR INFO SHOWS THE CARDIOID PICK-UP PATTERN AS 18 TO 20. AKG SHOWS 20 TO 20. I WOULD TRULY BE LOST WITHOUT THIS SITE. THANK YOU. ROLLOW

  3. ????? ?????????

    February 6th, 2021 at 3:11 pm

    Hi! My Name is Paul, Im from Russia.
    I could not find your email address, so I will use the feedback form.
    I would like to point out the inaccuracy in the description of the AKG P120 microphone.
    The description states that the P120 is a true condenser microphone unlike the Perception 120. I bought both, disassembled them and found out that they are absolutely identical, both in capsules and boards, and they are both electret. AKG marketers, as always, fool us, ruining their reputation.
    If you write me your email address, I will send you pictures of the insides of both my AKG microphones to prove my words.
    My email is chemesh@gmail.com

  4. Brian Sheppard

    November 27th, 2021 at 1:59 pm

    Hello, the frequency response chart for the Rode NT1 (the version released in 2013) is missing. While it is readily available on the internet, it would be convenient to be able to use your mic comparison tool for it.

  5. Phil Hofman

    January 30th, 2022 at 8:24 pm

    From my historical knowledge of Neumann microphones, the VF14 in the U47 was not developed for Microphones per se, but were originally used by the German Wehrmacht in field radios.

  6. matthew mcglynn

    July 18th, 2022 at 9:40 am

    Paul, the PDF owner’s manual that AKG published for the Perception 120 describes the capsule as a “2/3-inch back electret condenser.” It is possible that AKG made some Perception 120 microphones with the standard K67 style large capsule without updating the documentation, though.

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