Category Archives: Mic

JZ Microphones JZ Vintage line

large-JZ_VintageJZ Microphones announced their new microphone line.

It is called JZ Vintage and it will be a microphone line with a unique and smart design with the well known vintage sound.

The new microphone series mics have a flask shape with built in shockmount and unique capsule. JZ will have three different models V-67, V-47 and V-12. Each mic will have the best vintage sound in honour of U67, U47 or C-12. Capsules will be improved by patented JZ Golden drops capsule sputtering technology.

“We all know how important for recording industry are certain vintage mics and how people use to prefer them as standards for comparisons and evaluation with other mics,” says Juris Zarins, microphone designer. “In a fact that vintage mics in a high quality are not easily available we decided to launch this microphone line to satisfy demand of our customers and complete also our microphone range. I believe that JZ Vintage microphones are going to shake all microphone industry!”

JZ Microphones was established in Latvia in 2007. The company develops innovative modern recording equipment and world-renowned studio microphones.

More information about the new microphones can be found here: JZ Microphones

Neumann TLM 102 microphone

TLM102_ZNeumann is introducing its TLM 102 large diaphragm condenser microphone.

The TLM 102 offers a reduced overall size and unites all of the typical design components of a Neumann microphone. The TLM 102‘s interior is a newly developed large-diaphragm cardioid capsule with a stated maximum sound pressure level of 144 dB for recording percussion, drums, amps and other loud sound sources. A slight boost above 6 kHz provides for excellent presence of the voice in the overall mix.

Wolfgang Fraissinet, President of Marketing/Sales at Neumann Berlin explains: Due to its flexible field of application and price, the microphone will certainly be at home in ambitious home recording and project studios, as well as in the broadcasting area, particularly if priority is given to clear lines of sight to the speakers. We have recently received an increasing number of requests for this type of capability.

TLM 102 is available in black and nickel; a stand mount is included. An elastic spider suspension mount will be available shortly.

Technical data:

Acoustical operating principle – Pressure gradient transducer

Directional pattern – Cardioid

Frequency range – 20 Hz … 20 kHz

Sensitivity at 1 kHz into 1 kohm – 11 mV/Pa

Rated impedance – 50 ohms

Rated load impedance – 1 kohms

Equivalent noise level, CCIR1) – 21 dB

Equivalent noise level, A-weighted1) – 12 dB-A

Signal-to-noise ratio, CCIR1) (rel. 94 dB SPL) – 73 dB

Signal-to-noise ratio, A-weighted1) (rel. 94 dB SPL) – 82 dB

Maximum SPL for THD 0.5%2) – 144 dB

Maximum output voltage – 13 dBu

Supply voltage (P48, IEC 61938) – 48 V ± 4 V

Current consumption (P48, IEC 61938) – 3.5 mA

Matching connector – XLR3F

Weight approx. – 260 g

Diameter – 52 mm

Length – 116 mm

More information: Neumann

Holophone H2-5.1 surround microphone

large-Holophone_H2-5.1Holophone introduced its new product – the H2-5.1 surround microphone, exclusively equipped with Sennheiser’s MKE series microphone capsules.

Based on the company’s flagship model, the H2-PRO, the H2-5.1 features six Sennheiser microphone capsules arranged to correspond with the typical 5.1 speaker setup found in a studio or home theater. This configuration allows the H2-5.1 to easily and effortlessly capture, from a single point, an extremely accurate 5.1 surround recording with no signal manipulation required. The mic’s six channels of audio are output to six separate XLR connectors.

“We are proud to announce that our H2-5.1 is now shipping and will have the added feature of being equipped with Sennheiser’s MKE series mics,” says Michael Godfrey, president and founder of Holophone. “We are continually looking at ways to upgrade our existing products. As the vast majority of work being done in surround today is in the 5.1 format, we thought it would make sense to have a 5.1 channel version of our flagship H2-PRO. Our customers asked… and we listened.”

For productions that require more detailed 7.1 or 6.1 formats, Holophone will continue to offer the ever popular H2-PRO, which is entirely compatible with all multi-channel I/O devices. Holophone microphone products are compatible with all surround-sound encoding/playback formats (Dolby, DTS, Neural Audio, Circle Surround, IMAX, etc.).

More information about this microphone: Holophone

Audio-Technica AT4080 and AT4081 Bidirectional Active Ribbon Microphones

photoat4080_at4081loresaug09Audio-Technica unveiled its first-ever ribbon microphones the AT4080 and AT4081 Bidirectional Active Ribbon Microphones.

Audio-Technica's R&D team in Japan engineered and manufactured these products from the ground up, utilizing a hand-built, proprietary design and rugged, durable construction. Both offer smooth, warm and natural sound with precise, articulate detail to meet the critical requirements of today's recording, broadcast and sound reinforcement professionals.

The AT4080, whose footprint is that of a classic suspension cradled side-address condenser, is recommended for vocals, horns, strings, acoustic instruments, drum overheads, orchestras, ensembles and guitar cabinets. The AT4081, with an appearance more like that of a pencil condenser, is optimized for strings, saxophones and other horns, acoustic instruments, drum overheads, orchestras, ensembles and guitar cabinets; its low-profile stick design maximizes placement options. Both mics excel in recording studios as well as in live-sound settings.

The AT4080 and AT4081 are side-address active ribbon microphones with bidirectional polar patterns. Delivering the versatile performance and warm, natural sound of classic ribbon microphones, the AT4080 and AT4081 each feature a robust build for long-lasting performance and offer active electronics for easy use with microphone preamplifiers. Extremely powerful N50 rare-earth neodymium magnets provide high output levels, and the mics' innovative dual ribbon construction offers increased sensitivity and SPL handling capability. The bidirectional polar pattern of the mics makes them equally sensitive to sounds originating in front and back of the mic. Both feature extended frequency response for natural audio reproduction, and the AT4080 utilizes an acoustic baffle system and an extra-large output transformer, providing extended low-frequency response and dynamic range.

While the application of phantom power was prohibited for typical ribbon microphones, the AT4080 and AT4081 in fact require 48V phantom power for operation. The phantom power, however, is used not for the microphones' dynamic ribbon transducers, but for their active electronics, which bring their output to near condenser microphone level.

The AT4080's included AT8449/SV shock mount and the AT4081's included isolation clamp provide superior isolation and permit mounting on any microphone stand with 5/8″-27 threads. The AT4080 comes with a dust cover and a protective carrying case, while a windscreen is included with the AT4081.

The AT4080 and AT4081 Bidirectional Active Ribbon Microphones will be available in November 2009 with respective U.S. MSRP's of $1,245.00 and $895.00.

More information: Audio Technica

New enCORE microphones from Blue Microphones

enCORE_200_FrontBlue Microphones have launched enCORE – their new series of microphones.

The enCORE 100, 200, and 300 models are designed and priced for any live application from the rehearsal space to the auditorium and stadium.

The new enCORE series microphones are the result of years of research designed to bring Blue's legendary studio sound to the stage, starting with their exclusive Aria Capsule. Every element of the Aria Capsule is precisely matched and tuned to achieve a detailed and clear sound. To protect the capsule, the enCORE Series feature the thickest steel grills on the market along with an oversized reinforcement ring. Further adding to their ruggedness are heavy, precision-machined cast-zinc bodies, which have been tested to perform uniformly after dropping, throwing, and even being run over by a 7-ton truck.

The enCORE 100 is a studio-grade dynamic microphone featuring Blue's custom-tuned Aria dynamic capsule. This is a mic that offers vocalists and musicians great versatility and value.

The enCORE 200 adds Blue's Active Dynamic circuitry and output transformer, coupling the ruggedness and high SPL handling of a dynamic mic with the consistency and low noise of a phantom powered mic. This best of both worlds approach builds upon a proven Blue technology first made popular by the company's Ball Series microphones.

The enCore 300 is the flagship of the series and offers vocalists uncompromised performance featuring a hand-selected Blue ARIA condenser capsule with a matched pre-amp and phantom power circuit, a tuned enclosure, and Blue's proprietary reinforced chassis, which controls airflow around the capsule for unparalleled vocal control and a natural, open sound, no matter how the artist holds the microphone.

Two of the new products will be available at authorized music retailers in October 2009. The enCORE 300 will be available in late 2009.


enCORE 100 – $99.99

enCORE 200 – $149.99

enCORE 300 – $199.99

More information at Blue Microphones.

AKG Perception 820 Tube microphone

microphoneAKG announced the most recent addition to the Perception Series of microphones. The Perception 820 Tube proudly joins the Perception Series family, which includes the P 120, P 170, P 220 and P 420. Each microphone features a 20 dB attenuation pad and a low cut filter for an extensive range of microphone capabilities, including vocals, brass instruments, electric guitar amps and overhead miking.

The AKG Perception 820 Tube microphone brings not only warmth and outstanding sound quality as a new flagship, but it also raises the bar in its class of affordable tube microphones, comments Thomas Stubics, Product Marketing Manager for Recording and Broadcast at AKG. In contrast to many other affordable tube microphones, the Perception 820 Tube delivers real tube sound quality. The anticipation for the release of this product was very high, and we are extremely happy to release the Perception 820 Tube at Messe, Stubics adds.

The dual one-inch True Condenser Large Diaphragm capsule delivers a clear and accurate signal that is suitable for lead vocals, brass instruments, overhead miking, and many other applications. The ECC 83 dual-triode tube circuitry and the output transformer emphasize even-order harmonics for rich, smooth and three-dimensional sound. The elegant remote control unit allows selection of nine different pickup patterns from omni-directional to cardioid to figure eight. In addition, it also controls the switchable second-order bass-cut filter and the switchable attenuation pad. A ground lift switch prevents unwanted hum if necessary. The brush-finished, anodized aluminum front plate and the all-metal housing unit provide shielding against radio frequency interference.

The Perception 820 Tube comes complete with a robust metal carrying case, a classy spider-type shock mount, a microphone cable and the versatile remote control unit.

Source: Pro-Music-News

Equitek Announces E100S Mic

equitekmicEquitek today has introduced their new E100S large-diaphragm supercardioid condenser mic.

Built in the USA, the E100S mic model from Equitek sports the lowest noise floor available in its class, at 3.7dBA. The mic features traditional CAD vintage tones, as well as a bootstrapped, full differential Quadra-FET front-end. The full differential Quadra-FET front-end serves to promote low distortion and high sensitivity. Also featured is a twin 5087 output driver, 80Hz hi-pass filter and a 10dB pad.  With these specifications, the E100S is a jack of all trades, providing the ability to record vocals, acoustic instruments, percussion, and more.

The E100S large-diaphragm supercardioid condenser mic will run you $799. However, the mic also comes with a stealth shock mount and a cherry wood carrying case. Full specs below:

* Sensitivity: -30dBV (28mV) @ 1Pa

* Impedance: 150 ohms

* Max SPL: 150dB (Pad Engaged)

* Self-Noise: 3.7 dBA (best in class)

* Hi-Pass: 80Hz

* Attenuator: 10dB

* Power requirements: P48

Da-Cappo DA12 Hardwired Earset Microphone Revealed

micDa-Cappo Micro Microphones distributor Hosa Technology today is announcing the Da-Cappo DA12 Hardwired Earset Microphone.

The Da-Cappo DA12 Hardwired Earset Microphone is designed specifically to provide the experience of the original DA12, but minus the worry over possibly losing the adapter or cable. The  new DA12 sports a -45 dB sensitivity, compatible with Sennheiser Evolution and SK50 Series, Lectrosonics, and Shure wireless transmitters. A water-resistant, 20 Hz-20 kHz frequency, 2.5 mm diameter Omni-directional capsule makes the cut, as does an easily concealable 6-foot carbon Kevlar cable. Aside from functionality, comfort has also been a design priority, and the Da-Cappo DA12 Hardwired Earset Microphone includes a hypoallergenic cushion that covers an earpiece that is adjustable for any ear size.

Jonathan Pusey, Hosa Technology’s National Marketing Manager, commented on the new Da-Cappo DA12 Hardwired Earset Microphone. “The new DA12 Hardwired delivers the stunning audio performance of the original DA12 while offering simplified use for those who plan on using the microphone with a single brand of wireless transmitter,” said Pusey. “By offering a hardwired version, Da-Cappo makes it that much easier to use this type of microphone as it minimizes the possibility of losing parts required for interfacing with different transmitters. For those customers who plan on using a headworn microphone with a single brand of wireless transmitter, the new DA12 Hardwired is a true plug and play solution.”

The Da-Cappo DA12 Hardwired Earset Microphone will carry a MSRP of $530.

Source: Harmony-Central

Tonebone Plexitube


Valve power married with preamp circuitry, it’s been done before but the Tonebone Plexitube’s features make this a versatile, pioneering beast…

Canada’s Radial Engineering has been producing Tonebone effects pedals and switching boxes since 2002 and can boast a number of high-profile users, including Toto’s Steve Lukather and Mettalica’s Kirk Hammett. This pedal’s aim? To deliver ‘four generations of Marshall Plexi tones.’ Along with this monumental claim also comes the equally substantial price tag. It’s got a lot to prove, let’s see what it’s got…

First of all, the construction is sound. Made of very sturdy solid sheet steel gives it the ruggedness to be worthy of a good thrash on stage. Whereas the boasted features are personified through various knobs and switches. The two main footswitches, one to bypass the effect and the other toggling between two sets of settings that effectively act like separate amp channels, work well but mean there are a lot of other knobs to fiddle around with as a result.

Amidst the 12AX7 all-valve heart of this pedal beats a tin soul of circuitry genius. The EQ provides a hugely wide tone-shape. The shared low and high EQ controls mean that you can manipulate this Marshall JCM800-esque sound into anything from reserved crunch to a more bowel-moving fuzz. The excellent creamy tones of the Tonebone Plexitube make this an expensive, but equally good contender against Electro Harmonix’s Black Face.

The Tonebone Plexitube retails at £353.36.

AKG Reveals New C 747 Mic

micRemakes to classic musical instruments and gadgets seem to be all the rage these days, if the last couple days of news are any indication. From our report earlier today on the revamped Ibanez model to yesterday's news of the redesigned and rescaled Deluxe Memory Man, there are a number of products getting facelifts and general retoolings.

Count AKG among the mix of those looking to get in on the fun with the remake of the classic C 747 microphone. The new version, C 747 V11, is specifically designed to bring a premium quality microphone experience and enhanced versatility across a number of conference applications. This versatility is due thanks to the ability for overhead positioning and adaptability with a range of instruments. A sleek, thin appearance also provides versatility in allowing for seamless placement in many environments.

Other features of the C 747 V11 include a hyper-cardioid polar pattern which allows for off-axis rejection to cut back on feedback and unwanted ambient noise, and a switchable LF roll-off filter that minimizes mechanical noise levels. The included RFi shield also permits the C 747 V11 to remove most wireless microphone and mobile phone interference. The mics pre-amp works without a transformer at 9 to 52 V.

The C747 V11 retails for around $699.00 and includes a mini gooseneck, stand adapter, shock mount/adapter, mounting clamp, windscreen and thread link.

Source: Harmony-Central