Review: Thermionic Culture Snow Petrel

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Price £2,700 Contact Thermionic Culture Thermionic Culture‘s Snow Petrel is the company’s newest two-channel microphone preamplifier. It joins the original Early Bird and Rooster 2 mic preamps (both of which we have in our review studio), however this new model is a high-gain, low-noise amplifier designed to work particularly well with insensitive ribbon mics. Like […]

Review: AMS Neve RMX16 500 Series

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Price £1,194 Contact AMS Neve Following the well-received UAD plug-in emulation, the AMS Neve RMX16 is now available as a 500 Series hardware unit. Launched in 1982, Advanced Music Systems’ RMX16 was the first-ever microprocessor-controlled digital reverberation unit. Back in the days when the singles charts were dominated by synth-pop bands such as Depeche Mode, […]

Review: Austrian Audio OC18 and OC818

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Price OC18 Studio Set £599, OC818 Live Set £1,679 (pair) Contact Austrian Audio Austrian Audio‘s two new microphones – the OC18 and OC818 – share the same capsule, the newly designed CKR12. Both are large-diaphragm condenser designs with identical cases, though the OC18 is black while the OC818 is silver. The main operational difference between […]

Review: Cranborne Audio Camden 500 Preamp

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Price £299 Contact Cranborne Audio A relatively new name to the pro-audio world, British company Cranborne Audio is committed to producing excellent gear at affordable prices. The Camden 500 on test here is a transformerless microphone preamplifier offering both ultra-clean, transparent mic gain and two flavours of ‘Mojo’. However, the 500 is not just a […]

Review: IsoAcoustics ISO-Puck Mini

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Price £99 Contact IsoAcoustics We always recommend buying the best monitors you can afford; however, it’s imperative to set them up properly to maximise performance. The main culprit of good monitors performing badly is poor placement. Simply plonking your monitors on a desk or shelf will not bring out their best. The ISO-Puck mini is […]

Review: Sontronics Corona

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Price £230/$289 Contact Sontronics UK manufacturer Sontronics’ Corona microphone is an unusual microphone in many ways – a supercardioid dynamic type designed for vocalists, it’s ideal for stage work, yet it’s also recommended as a recording mic, which is how it’s tested here. Condenser microphones are usually favoured for vocal recording in studios, with dynamic […]

Review: Chandler Limited TG Microphone

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        Price £1,949/$1,849 Contact Chandler Limited Chandler Limited’s new TG Microphone is the latest in a long line of products based upon historic equipment from EMI’s Abbey Road Studios. This large-diaphragm condenser mic isn’t a replica of a well-known classic, though; rather, it incorporates features from the EMI TG12410 Transfer Consoles (mastering […]

Review: RØDE TF-5

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      Price £1,299 Contact RØDE Australian based manufacturer RØDE Microphones produce a wide range of microphones suited to a multitude of applications. The TF-5 is a small diaphragm, externally biased condenser design with a fixed cardioid polar pattern, representing “the ultimate expression of Rode manufacturing expertise, acoustic design and sonic purity”, according to […]

Review: Audix DP7 Drum Microphone Pack

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      Price $1,295/£999 Contact SCV Distribution | Audix Microphones Audix is an American manufacturer of microphones with 35 years of experience. It offers a wide range of microphones for both studio and live applications, including several specially selected packs for drum mic’ing. Aside from the ubiquitous AKG D112 kick-drum mic (and its antecedents), […]