There's lots of microphones for capturing good quality sound in a studio or project studio environment, but how does the Royer R-121 ribbon mic stand up? Sara Simms puts it to the test.
Røde are well known for their high-quality microphones. So, we decided to put the Røde Reporter to the test at a big trade show, Musikmesse. Hollin Jones finds out how it performs for interviews.
USB microphones often get bad press for being... well USB. So Matt Vanacoro was pleased to discover how the SL6000 USB proved to be versatile and good-sounding for voice over applications.
There are lots of mics available for iOS devices... 24 bit/96 kHz recorders are not new… but how many offer exceptional noise reduction? Keith Crusher puts the RØDE iXY through its paces.
Fact: Bad sound can ruin a great video. That's why sE Electronics have created the ProMic Laser. Hollin Jones discovers whether this improves the recorded sound from a DSLR.
The original iRig Mic from IK Multimedia, was one of the first decent microphones available for the iPad and iPhone musician. And we were very curious to find out what was improved in the HD release.
It used to be impossible to consider purchasing a good ribbon mic for $300 or less!. Hollin Jones sees whether sE Electronics' budget ribbon mic, the sE X1R, adds quality as well as value.
Finally, a ribbon microphone with a frequency response that extends to an unprecedented 20 kHz. But is that extra range all you get for your money? Matt Loel T Hepworth finds out.
If you haven't heard of sE Microphones before then 1) where have you been the past 15 years? And 2) you need to visit AskAudioMag.com more often! Hollin checks out their USB X1 and is impressed.
There's certainly no shortage of good quality studio microphones of late, and the good news is you can pick up a decent condenser mic for a very reasonable amount too, like the sE Magneto.
It appears USB mics are now being accepted as potentially good recording solutions in many home studios. Does Samson's "budget" C01U Pro USB mic defy its price?
Expanding your range of mics to include a lavalier is a good thing if you record dialogue and interviews. And how much more convenient can you get than a lab mic for iPhone? Enter the Røde SmartLav+.
A microphone that doesn't break the bank and is as useful for the professional as it is for the beginner? Too good to be true? G. W. Childs puts the MTR201 to the test.
In part 3/3 of this popular series exploring the ins and outs of microphones, Matt Loel T Hepworth examines what makes ribbon microphones sound fantastic. [Includes video demo too].
There are a growing number of pocket-sized microphones aimed at musicians you can attach to your iPhone. Matt Vanacoro took the iQ5 out for a spin. Find out if it's the best of the bunch!