Category Archives for "Microphones"

New Music Gear Monday: Telefunken TF11 FET Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone

Telefunken TF11 FET microphone image

There are certain microphones that stand iconic in the pantheon of great gear. Some are so good that even competitors try to emulate them. One of those is the AKG C12, which has been a favorite of engineers everywhere for decades. Telefunken makes some wonderful microphones itself, with a long history of excellent originals and […]

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New Music Gear Monday: Lauten Audio LS-308 Noise Rejection Condenser Microphone

Lauten Audio LS-308 image on Bobby Owsinski's Production Blog

A question that I’ve been getting over and over through the years from engineers who are just starting out is, “How can I get more isolation between my tracks?” Now that’s normally not much of a problem for older engineers who’ve learned to make leakage work for them, but today’s modern recording requires another order […]

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New Music Gear Monday: Warm Audio WA-251 Tube Condenser Microphone

Warm Audio WA-251 on Bobby Owsinski's Production Blog

If you’re like me, you’re probably thinking that the last thing the audio world needs is another vintage mic clone. There are already so many good ones available at some great prices. That said, Warm Audio has a way with vintage gear copies that seems to capture the essence of the product that many boutique […]

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New Music Gear Monday: AEA KU5A Directional Ribbon Microphone

AEA KU5A on Bobby Owsinski's Production Blog

Most engineers love ribbon microphones for their natural sound and the ability to take EQ. Many wouldn’t use anything else in many recording situations like miking brass, percussion or electric guitar amps. Since modern ribbon mics are no longer as fragile as they once were, they’ve found their way into even more applications than ever, […]

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New Music Gear Monday: Slate Digital VMS ML-2 Modeling Microphone

Slate VMS ML-2 on Bobby Owsinski's Production Blog

Modeling technology has become pervasive in the audio world and has reached the point where it sounds so good that hardly anyone even blinks an eye anymore at a product that contains it. One of the last bastions for modeling has been microphones though, since that always seemed like hallowed ground by the pros. Those […]

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New Music Gear Monday: Your Heaven Audio CloseUp Miking System

CloseUp System on Bobby Owsinski's Production Blog

Acoustic stringed instrument players have always suffered from amplification problems in a live environment. Place a microphone on the instrument and you’ll get at least some change in tonal quality and usually a lot of leakage, regardless of the quality of the microphone that you use. Resort to a pickup and the instrument no longer […]

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A Look At The Decca Tree Stereo Recording Technique

Decca Tree on Bobby Owsinski's Production Blog

Even if you never intend to record an ensemble larger than a standard rock, pop, or jazz rhythm section, a good grasp on the many techniques for stereo recording is essential and will come in handy sooner or later. One basic stereo technique is the spaced-pair, which is two identical mics placed several feet apart and […]

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David Bock Talks Differences Between Vintage And Modern Microphones

David Bock on Bobby Owsinski's Production Blog

After maintenance stints at such prestigious facilities as the Hit Factory in New York City and Ocean Way in Hollywood, Bock Audio Designs (formerly Soundelux) founder and managing director David Bock went from repairing vintage microphones to manufacturing them. David now utilizes his expertise to produce updated versions of the studio classics 251, U 47, […]

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5 Condenser Microphone Fallacies That Will Make You Think Differently About Them

KM54 condenser microphone on Bobby Owsinski's Production Blog

Condenser microphones are fraught with fallacies that often lead to misuse and poor results thanks to unreasonable expectations. This excerpt from the 4th edition of my Recording Engineer’s Handbook looks at 5 popular misconceptions about condenser microphones, along with why the real reason might not be what you think. 1. A large-diaphragm condenser has more low […]

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A Look At How Royer Microphones Are Made

Royer mic ribbon on Bobby Owsinski's Production Blog

Ribbon microphones had fallen way out of favor with most recording engineers until Royer Labs rekindled the love for these excellent microphones. Indeed, the company is responsible more for the new generation of ribbons than any other manufacturer. There’s a reason why Royer mics are just about standard on any recording session, and that’s because of […]

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Excellent Pictures That Illustrate The 4 Eras Of Audio Recording

Thomas Edison Phonograph on Bobby Owsinski's Production Blog

Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words and these 4 pictures tell you all you need to know about how audio recording has evolved over the years. There are really 4 eras to audio recording – the acoustic era, the electronic era, the magnetic era, and the digital era. Let’s look at some great […]

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