Archive for the ‘Microphone Review’ Category


Shure SM7b Review

February 13, 2010

Ghostface Killah(and others from Wu-Tang Clan), John Mayer, Michael Jackson, Bob Dylan, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and other such notables have used the Shure SM7 to record masterpiece after masterpiece after masterpiece. This thing is just pure gold when it comes to vocals. Purists will disagree and say that any condensor or ribbon mic will outperform the SM7 in every department, but I (plus a whole lot of other people including the late King of Pop) would disagree. Although it’s a dynamic mic (generally considered worse than condensors and ribbons) like it’s cousin, the SM57, the sound quality is in a totally different league. This thing (with the right amount of good gain) is a MONSTER(in a good way). It can hold its own against most condensor mics in the thousands of dollars range, so if you can get the chance to, buy this. As usual, here are some reviews:


The Tape Op

Microphone Reviews



My review: I haven’t had the chance to buy this beauty yet, but I did get a chance to record with it. And I was in love. This is just sooooo good. It does everything well, especially vocals. I paired it with a Golden Age Pre-73 preamp (I’ll do a review on that soon) and the results were amazing. I cranked the gain up to 65dB, and I was good to go. I am, by no means, a good rapper. It’s an outlet for me to relieve stress and have fun. But when I recorded with this, I knew why Ghostface records his albums with this. I knew why Michael Jackson recorded Thriller with this. It’s got a magically quality to it that not too many microphones have, and it sounds, looks, feels, and does everything wonderfully. The SM7b made my vocals a LOT more smoother and added a punchiness to it that I enjoyed. At around $349 street price, it’s not as cheap as many other “budget” mics, but for the performance that it delivers, you just CANNOT skip on this deal. Honestly, don’t.

Little video of course:


Shure SM57 Review

February 11, 2010

Ah…the Shure SM57. At a street price of only $99, it’s something most beginners think is not worth their money. THAT IS A BIG MISTAKE!!!! This wonderful, beautiful piece of equipment has been used by Presidents, AC/DC, prominent underground rappers, and other such distinguished people. Just because it is a dynamic mic, and not a condensor or a ribbon, both of which are generally considered made of higher quality, does not mean that it is something to be skipped on. It is, in one word, EPIC.


MWN gear reviews

Mojo Pie Review

MIX online

and a lil somthin special: a SHOOT OUT vs a condensor mic

My Review: It’s something that all studios, even the really really REALLY high class and world famous 0nes, have. Basically, this thing is a legend. It’s like the Grandmaster Flash of microphones. It’s old. But it’s good. Right, there are people, like the guys at electrical audio studio, who might say it’s not worth their time, but these are also the guys that can afford $10,000 ribbon mics and even more expensive custom mics. Besides, if Maroon 5, AC/DC, and Young Moe (an LA based rapper. He’s got some nice tracks) record and do live shows with it, it’s gotta be doing something right, right? One thing that budget recorders might need to be wary of is the gain needed to run this thing. You need AT LEAST 60db of good CLEAN gain. No fuzziness or anything like that. But regardless of whether you’re recording snare, bass, guitar, screaming, yelling, and other such variations of vocals and instruments, the SM57 gets the job done, and it gets it done well. So if you’re looking for a good mic that does just about EVERYTHING well, then buy the Shure SM57….besides, it looks fresh.

A lil sample as usual… You just might recognize the man:


Review of the Rode NT1a

February 11, 2010

The Rode NT1a… It claims to be the world’s quietest microphone, and I have to say, it lives up to it (at least in the world of budget condensor microphones). Numerous reviews of it have been done, but these are the most trustworthy:

Sound on Sound Magazine

The Tape Op Review


My review: This was the first mic that I ever had, so it’s natural for me to be a little biased against this thing. But it is a superb microphone for vocals. It’s great for any noob because all you need for it to work is an audio interface that provide 48v phantom power and a stand. It comes with an XLR cable, a shock mount, and a pop filter. Makes life easy, doesn’t it? Rode mics tend to be a little bit on the bright side, but that’s aight, cuz female singers and club-styled hip-hoppers  might need that little extra brightness. All in all, it’s a great mic, and I still use it as a standard against other microphones.

Check out Good Buddha, an Aussie rap crew, “take off” with their Rode NT1a’s. These guys are fantastic, and this mic just helps their high-energy rapping come to life with its bright sheen. (BTW…this song gets addicting, so if you find yourself mouthing “it’s the take off, the take off, the take off….” the whole day, I’m sorry.)