Microphones

Tech Tip: Drum Recording On a Budget

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When it comes to tracking drums, nothing beats a well-equipped studio that has great acoustics and a big mic locker. But here are some tips to help get very respectable drum sounds in your project studio on a bare-bones budget.



A Conversation with Bob Heil—the Master of Game-Changing Microphone Technology

By Marty Paule

Highly opinionated and fiercely independent in his views about pro sound, Bob Heil builds mics and possesses a professional resume to back up his often out-of-the-box attitude. And speaking of boxes, it was Bob who invented one of the most memorable guitar effects of all time: the Heil Talk Box that made Peter Frampton a fixture on ‘70s album charts.



Recording Gear Buying Guide

How to choose the right audio recording equipment to match your skills, music, and budget



Hands-On Review: Blue Spark Studio Microphone

Great sound plus Focus Control in a budget-priced condenser



Expert Review: Rode NT1 Studio Condenser Microphone

This article previously appeared on Harmony Central—your information source for making better music.

By Phil O’Keefe

The original Rode NT1 was first released in 1995. An updated version, the NT1-A, was released a couple of years later, and has been very popular. Rode has taken the model and given it a complete reworking, and in a move that's bound to cause at least some confusion and difficult online searches, released it with the model's original name, calling it the NT1. Let's take a look...



Hands-On Review: MXL 900 Series Condenser Microphones

High-end condenser sound without the sticker shock



Hands-On Review: MXL 990 Condenser Microphones

Raise the bar and lower the price—now try to sing in that position—MXL can!



Hands-On Review: Audio-Technica AT4080 & AT4081 Ribbon Mics

Capturing vintage tones with a modern spin



Hands-On Review: MXL V900 Stage & Studio Condenser Mic

Superb studio condenser vocals in a mic built for stage work



Product Spotlight: MXL 7000 Condenser Microphone

New technology with old-school looks



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