Promising “chest-rumbling, sub-freq goodness”, the LoFreq houses a 6.5-inch dynamic driver, delivering a frequency response of 25Hz to 3kHz. Mounting to any standard mic stand, the LoFreq is smaller and lighter than conventional commercially available sub-bass kick drum mics, making it potentially easier to position over a more precise area of the kick’s front head. Meanwhile, a custom in-line pad helps to deliver a gain and impedance profile similar to the widely used Shure Beta 52A kick drum mic, so there are none of the issues encountered when trying to connect the overly hot output from a repurposed monitor speaker to your regular mixer and recording setup. Attractively finished in either white or black Tolex with a matching aluminium grille, the LoFreq is available now from the Solomon website, very reasonably priced at $179.99.
http://www.irigmicstudio.com for more information
Make professional studio-quality recordings
on the go
Introducing iRig Mic Studio, IK Multimedia’s ultra-portable large-diaphragm digital condenser microphone for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, PC and Android. It packs a 1” diameter condenser capsule into an ultra-compact enclosure that can be used to make professional-quality recordings anywhere. Great for musicians, vocalists, home producers, podcasters, broadcasters, voice-over artists and more, it puts the superior power of a large-diaphragm microphone into the palm of your hand.
Superior portable performance
iRig Mic Studio has been created to provide the best sound quality possible in every recording situation. It features a large 1″ diameter back electret condenser capsule, a 24-bit audiophile-grade A/D converter (with 44.1/48 kHz sample rate) and a built-in low-noise high-definition preamp. These, combined with its 133dB SPL rating, allow for optimal audio capture at any sound pressure level – it can record everything from the subtle and nuanced dynamics of the human voice to the full-on bombast of an amplified electric guitar, and everything in between.
And while these features are excellent on their own, what’s truly remarkable about iRig Mic Studio is that it fits its components into a compact enclosure so small that it makes other microphones seem supersized and cumbersome by comparison.
In addition to its high-end components, iRig Mic Studio also sports a comprehensive set of monitoring and level control features. It comes with a gain control knob and a multicolour LED level indicator that allow for on-the-spot adjustment. It also has a headphone output jack with its own level control for monitoring directly from the microphone itself. For better positioning while recording, iRig Mic Studio comes with a sturdy and portable tabletop tripod stand. And for improved portability, it comes with its own protective travel pouch.
It’s all about the connections
iRig Mic Studio is compatible with nearly every popular mobile and desktop platform. It comes with a female micro-USB port and an assortment of cables: Micro-USB to Lightning for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch; micro-USB to micro-USB OTG for Android (requires either an Android 5 or Samsung Professional Audio device); and micro-USB to USB for Mac and PC.
A world of professional microphones
Though iRig Mic Studio sounds great on its own, its tonal character can also be customized thanks to IK’s new Mic Room app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Mic Room is a microphone-modelling app that works seamlessly with iRig Mic Studio to give it the sonic characteristics of some of the most famous microphones in history: tried-and-true dynamics, velvety tube condensers, smooth ribbons and a whole lot more. Now producers, musicians, podcasters and anyone else who wants great sound on the go can have access to an all-in-one microphone that can mimic a full treasure trove of classics.
The Mic Room App is available from the App Store at
Record with the power of apps
For immediate recording, iRig Mic Studio comes with a powerful suite of vocal apps. VocaLive™ is an expandable, powerful effects processor and multi-track recording app that’s perfect for professional singers. EZ Voice™ for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch and EZ Voice™ for Android are streamlined and easy-to-use sing-along apps that make it easy for vocalists to practise with any song in their music library.iRig® Recorder for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch and iRig® Recorder for Android are straightforward audio capture apps that are great for everyone from journalists who need to make recordings in the field to podcasters who want to broadcast while on the go, and everyone in between.
The VocaLive App is available from the App Store at www.appstore.com/vocalive
The EZ Voice App is available from the App Store at www.appstore.com/ezvoice
The iRig Recorder App is available from the App Store at www.appstore.com/irigrecorder
EZ Voice is available for Android via Google Play and the Samsung GALAXY Apps store. iRig Recorder is available for Android on Google Play.
iRig Mic Studio is also fully compatible with a wide variety of third party apps and software, like Cubasis, ProStudio Vocal FX, MultiTrack DAW and more. It’s also compatible with Apple’s GarageBand and Logic Pro X apps, and iOS Voice Memo.
Pricing and availability
iRig Mic Studio comes in silver or black and is available now from music and electronics retailers worldwide and from the IK online store for only $/€179.99 (excluding taxes).
Music Thing Modular has announced a new module – Mikrophonie.
Mikrophonie is a very simple contact mic module. There is a small piezo disk mounted behind the 4hp panel, or you can plug in an external mic (they’re easy to make).
The panel is PCB with no soldermask. The raw PCB fibreglass has a rough texture – rubbing it with a finger or a plectrum creates quite a wide range of sounds. The back of the panel is plated and grounded for shielding.
The mic will also pick up all the physical sounds in your modular – patching, cables rustling, switches, fingers on knobs – without picking up airborne sounds i.e. the sound your modular is making. At very high sound levels will pick up vibrations from the speaker output and start to feedback.
The laser drum microphone measures the physical vibration of the drum head directly. We use this to run the sidechain of a standard gate to achieve excellent bleed suppression and reduced false triggering. This allows the microphones to stay off until the drum is physically hit, giving a tighter, more controlled drum sound.
…but most importantly, we did it with lasers.
Noise-gate diagram by Iain Fergusson. Licensed under the Creative
Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license. (via Wikipedia)
My ever so persistent US DJ friend AfroDJMac delivers yet another inspiring Live pack
“Here’s a free Ableton Live Instrument rack made from the sound of a rubber band plucked and recorded with a contact microphone. Special thanks to Theo, my cat, for helping out.”
Full Post and Download: http://bit.ly/freesynth65
Homemade Contact Mic: http://getlofi.com/shop
Visit my site for more stuff like this, including Live Instrument downloads, tutorials and music! http://www.afrodjmac.com
Cloud Audio Recorder allows you to record the sound of musical instruments
to your iOS devices via the built-in microphone.
Available in App Store: http://itunes.com/app/cloudaudiorecorder
The Black Box Microphone Preamp was designed and built by Black Box Analog Design – established in 2009 by studio owners and audio engineers Eric Racy and Robert Wainscott. This tube pre has reportedly been “designed from the ground up, using the best parts and ignoring all of the standard ideas of how a preamp ‘should work’. The result is an incredibly versatile piece of gear that not only sounds amazing but shatters the idea of what a preamp can do.”
The all-tube Black Box mic pre (introductory price $1,995)
This tweak-friendly all-tube design features continuously variable triode and pentode stages, which puts the tonal character of the preamp in the user’s hands.
According to the product announcement:
“The Black Box enables users to uniquely shape their sound by implementing unconventional methods and such features as an entirely analog audio path, custom, hand wound Cinemag input and output transformers, hand soldered point-to-point wiring, independently controlled Pentode and Triode tube stages (as well as independent Pentode / Triode “Tone Boost” switches), 350v linear power supply and the ability to shape the frequency response without the use of an EQ.
For a complete list of specifications, click here.
Said Wainscott: “I approached the design of the Black Box Microphone Preamp in the same manner I would set up for a mix session. I mixed a single tube with everything plugged into a ‘patchbay’ and all the values that shape how the tube works were fluid. Everything from plate voltage to blocking capacitors could be changed in real time, which afforded me the room to perfect the Mic Pre’s design, resulting in the unit we have today.”
The Black Box Mic Pre (MSRP $2,500) is now available through Vintage King Audio at an introductory MAP price of $1,995.
For more information, visit www.blackboxanalog.com.
Sound Magic has released version 1.1 of Microphone Transformer, an effect unit which simulates several acclaimed microphones’ sound.
From Neumann M149 to U87, AKG C12VR to C414. Microphone Transformer gives you more choices on sound. By using Sound Magic Award Winning Modeling Technology, Microphone Transformer not only simulates the frequency response of different microphones, but also their dynamic response with high-end amps. What is more, Sound Magic provides a special feature which you could choose to mix two different types of microphone together by moving a simple slider. Microphone Transformer is best used when you want a different style of sound in your mix.
Changes in Microphone Transformer v1.1
- Fixes Automation names.
- Fixes possible swap between left and right channel.
- Improved Mixing Behavior.
- Fixes slider range on GUI.
- Many minor changes.
Microphone Transformer for Windows (VST/Supreme Pianos add-on) is available to purchase for 19.90 EUR. Existing Sound Magic customers pay 15 EUR.
Video from SOS:
Studio Condenser Microphone, Cardioid Polar Pattern
Well then this might be of assitance:
Don’t know which mic to choose? If you need help determining which microphone is right for the task at hand, check out myMicSound, a free Web application by Ear Machine that simplifies the sometimes difficult chore of using your ears to decide which microphone to purchase.
The myMicSound application learns your preference by analyzing ratings of example microphones; it then returns a list that ranks microphones by the probability that you will like their sounds.
About the free Web application, Andrew Sabin, Ear Machine owner and psychoacoustics researcher, comments, “MyMicSound is the first step toward a fundamental change in how people decide to purchase audio equipment.” He continues, “Currently, people make these decisions by receiving recommendations from friends, or by conducting a clumsily-organized listening comparison. MyMicSound offers users a simple format to use their own ears to conduct a free, controlled, and comprehensive listening test.”
To get started, you can either submit your own recording, or use one from myMicSound’s collection. How does it work? MyMicSound removes the sound of the microphone used to make that recording, and then simulates the sound of new microphones. According to Ear Machine, myMicSound carefully considers factors influencing the sound of the microphone, such as the proximity to the sound source, the polar pattern, and whether filters are active or not.
MyMicSound is the first sound-based recommendation engine in the audio equipment market, Ear Machine says. Its software algorithm is said to rely on state-of-the-art knowledge in both auditory perception and computer science. Similar algorithms, such as the one used by Pandora, are widely used in music recommendation.
For more information or to try myMicSound for yourself, visit Ear Machine’s Web site at ear-machine.com.