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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

AKG LC (Light Condenser) Vocal Mic

AKG LC (Light Condenser) Vocal Mic

The last release from AKG in their stage product line is the LC Mic that can be used at recording studios but it’s specially designed for live shows, the LC means light condenser for its type and for its weight and slim line, that makes the perfect device to be used on stage. This mic will make your voice the one with more gain with keeping the natural sound that the vocal tones need and the output sound is optimized for in-ear monitors.

The AKG LC Vocal Mic is a condenser mic that features cardioid pickup pattern, 60Hz to 20kHz frequency range, PB1000 presence boost, +48V phantom power, gold 3-pin XLR output, 24-carat gold plated transducer case, less than 200 ohms impedance, 69 dB SNR and 4 mV/Pa sensitivity. Besides that, the mic comes with a very elegant black piano finish that will suit any kind of stage show.

And for being a stage mic the wire-mesh grill is extremely resistant even withstand the elements, it also includes a shock mount and there are available a protective case and a stand adapter for the mic. The AKG LC Vocal Mic availability and price have not been announced yet.

M-Audio Luna II Condenser Mic

M-Audio Luna II Condenser Mic

The last effort from M-Audio is a mic that looks vintage-fashioned but will be very appreciated by studio’s, specially for those who need to mic intense signals like kick drums, guitar amp or brass instruments. The mic, called M-Audio Luna II Condenser Mic, allows to have the so-much-desired vintage sound but with modern components and technology

The features of the M-Audio Luna II Condenser Mic are Class A solid-state electronics, cardioid pickup pattern, 3 micron x 1.1″ evaporated-gold diaphragm, solid brass capsule, +48V phantom power, 10dB pad, 20Hz to 20kHz frequency response and roll-off filter (switchable).

The mic includes shock mount and wood box, and if you are interested this mic will be soon available. The M-Audio Luna II Condenser Mic price is $400.

Rode M1 Dynamic Rock ‘N Roll Mic

Rode M1 Dynamic Rock ‘N Roll MicRode has just released a new mic that is supposed to be the perfect companion for long and hard tours, the Rode M1 Dynamic Rock ‘N Roll Mic that will some singer’s, specially those who need to buy a huge number of mics for any kind of tour, favorite mic. But not only is good for its longevity but also for its great balance of weight and ergonomics.

The features of the Rode M1 Rock ‘N Roll is a dynamic mic that features cardioid pickup pattern, high output capsule, 75Hz to 18kHz frequency response, gold plated XLR connectors, internal pop-filter, low noise, die-cast body and a huge resistance to any abuse made on stage without loosing any kind of its high quality.

Rode is so sure that this mic will last any forever-tour that offers lifetime warranty for this mic, that comes with stand mount and zip couch but you can also get a desk stand or tripod as optional accessories. And all the Rode M1 Dynamic Rock ‘N Roll Mic promises and good features for only $150, now available.

Blue Icicle In-line USB Preamp

Blue Icicle In-line USB Preamp

If you ever though how to record vocals with your computer you may have your question answered with this device, the Blue Icicle In-line USB Preamp that also works as analog-to-digital converter, that will manage to be a must-have in home studios. With this small, really small, preamp you could have studio quality sound in your own house but you should take care also of other environment conditionals.

The Blue Icicle In-line USB Preamp is a plug-and-play recording device that features 16-bit audio resolution, 44.1 sampling rate, 48V phantom power (for condenser mics with on/off blue LED), balanced XLR input, USB port, low noise, analog gain control and very low consumption.

This little boy, that works in Mac and Windows computers, is an excellent complement for vocal recording but specially for podcasting because it includes voice recognition and messaging. The Blue Icicle In-line USB Preamp will be available next December and its price is $59.95.