Crowley & Tripp Microphones has unveiled a complete line of high-end ribbon microphones. Founded by Bob Crowley and Hugh Tripp of Soundwave Research Laboratories, Crowley & Tripp Microphones specializes in designing innovative microphones, manufacturing them entirely in the USA, and selling them directly to audio professionals. Thanks to no dealer markup or distribution costs factored into their prices, the hand-built offerings of Crowley & Tripp are both affordable and of extremely high quality. Each ribbon microphone features a strong stainless steel body, high-level electrostatic and magnetic shielding, and a rigidly joined custom transformer and ribbon motor for low noise, high output, and smooth bass
The Studio Vocalist is a full-size, figure-eight patterned ribbon microphone
specifically designed for recording vocals. It is the first microphone to
implement the presence of popular vocal condenser microphones into the
classic ribbon response. According to Crowley & Tripp Microphones, the
Studio Vocalist offers the highest output of any natural ribbon microphone,
enhanced proximity effect for boosting thin sound sources, and a symmetric
frequency response that minimizes off-axis coloration. The Studio Vocalist
is priced at $1,395.
The Proscenium microphone offers a vintage-style warmness with modern design qualities and increased efficiency. As a result, using the Proscenium for the recording of
instruments such as flute, woodwinds, and strings provides increased body,
which suits the microphone well for large halls and stereo pair recording
applications. The Proscenium is priced at $1,485.
Specially designed for radio broadcast, soundstage, and orchestral
applications where uncolored sound is desired, the figure-eight patterned
Soundstage Image microphone offers a natural frequency response, high
output, and superior stereo imaging when used in distant pair applications.
The Soundstage Image is priced at $1,395.
The SPLx Custom microphone is tailored to user defined characteristics.
Having assessed an individual user’s needs in the studio or on stage,
Crowley and Tripp design a ribbon microphone that will suit that user’s
voice, instrument, amplifier or performance space. Custom characteristics
are many, and include a tailored frequency response curve, extreme sound
pressure level handling, bass boost, or an asymmetric frequency response.
Rounding out the Crowley & Tripp Microphones collection, the SPLx Custom
starts at $1595 and generally takes two weeks to manufacture from date of
Recently, Crowley & Tripp demonstrated three microphones–the Studio
Vocalist, Soundstage Image, and Proscenium models–at Boston’s Mix One
Studios for a host of curious engineers and recording industry
professionals. A microphone shootout featuring a jazz trio and a variety of
vocalists attracted many audiophiles from the Boston area. The event was
widely considered a success. According to Crowley & Tripp, similar shootouts
are planned for other U.S. cities, with New York City and Nashville being
the next tentative destinations.
For product and direct ordering information, visit the official Crowley &
Tripp website at www.soundwaveresearch.com.