Ex-AKG employees found Austrian Audio to bring back the “Vienna sound”

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Vienna is the home of a new contender in the pro audio industry, the aptly named Austrian Audio. Such branding does carry a lot of ambition, which the manufacturer appears to have in spades. In its initial offering, Austrian is introducing 8 new products in 5 categories – handmade microphones, digital control, DSP software, headphones, […]

Telefunken Alchemy series: Four new tube condenser mics (that aren’t clones)

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Telefunken Elektroakustik has introduced the Alchemy series with four new large diaphragm tube condenser microphones. The TF29, TF39, TF47 and TF51 certainly have a very classy look to them. But according to Telefunken, these models are not clones of vintage mics, instead offering “a distinctively original sonic fingerprint”. Do they have what it takes to […]

Soyuz introduces the 013 TUBE small diaphragm condenser microphone pair

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Soyuz Microphones from Russia has added the 013 TUBE small diaphragm condenser mic to its portfolio. It is a close sibling of the 013 FET, but designed to deliver a smoother top end for a more natural, colorful sound. It also costs twice as much. According to Soyuz, the differences between the 013 TUBE and […]

NAMM 2019: Aston Stealth, a four-mics-in-one glowing in purple

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At NAMM 2019, manufacturer Aston launched Stealth – an ambitious microphone designed for both stage and studio use. Touted as a “broadcast-quality” mic, it has four switchable voice modes (Vocal 1 & 2, Guitar, Dark) and works both as a passive and active mic. It has inbuilt 48v phantom power detection to automatically switch itself […]

NAMM 2019: Electro-Voice RE420 and RE520 live vocal condenser microphones

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At NAMM 2019, Electro-Voice debuted a pair of condenser mics designed for live vocal performance. The RE420 and RE520, successors to the RE410 and RE510, belong in the manufacturer’s RE series of premium wired live performance mics. However, they differ in their polar patterns. The RE420 has a cardioid polar pattern and sounds warmer, while […]

NAMM 2019: Blue introduces USD 99 Ember condenser microphone

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Blue Designs revealed a new entry-level condenser microphone, the Ember. At just USD 99, it wants to be a great starter microphone for content creators such as podcasters and live streamers. Although, being a condenser mic, it ought to work for almost any instrument or vocal recording as well. The manufacturer’s admittedly flashy marketing copy […]

NAMM 2019: Lewitt LCT 040 and LCT 140 AIR condenser mics for home studios

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Lewitt Microphones is an Austrian brand which specializes in studio microphones. These two new condensers mark a bit of a departure, being aimed at the decidedly budget-conscious end of the market: the USD 99 LCT 040 MATCH and the USD 149 LCT 140 AIR. Both are full-fledged small-diaphragm condenser microphones primed for home studio owners intending […]

Top 5 studio microphones 2018 by Antelope, Vanguard, Slate, Burg, Neumann

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As modeling microphones lift barriers and usher in a new era for recording, the audio world still can’t get enough of tube condensers, it seems. This is the conclusion we reached while looking at our Top 5 studio microphones list for 2018. Honestly, we don’t see a problem with any of that. Being spoilt for […]

Golden Age Premier GA-251 recreates a famous German tube microphone

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Manufacturer Golden Age has added a second microphone to its roster – the GA-251. It’s part of its Premier line of premium products, which is reflected in everything there is to the mic – from its build and specs all the way to the price tag. Although more than a little “inspired” by the classic […]

sE ships mid-priced sE2300 multi-pattern condenser studio microphone

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Shanghai-based manufacturer sE Electronics has recently begun shipping a new incarnation of the microphone which put the brand on the map, so to speak. The sE 2200 large-diaphragm cardioid condenser microphone was used by the late Amy Winehouse and other well-known artists. It’s new stable-mate is the sE2300 – a multi-pattern version of the same […]