F E A T U R E D L I S T I N G
New at AES is the RØDE NT6, featuring a small independently positioned capsule head and remote balanced output preamp connected via a custom 3-meter, Kevlar-reinforced low-loss cable.
AKG HS 271 HEADSET MIC
The HSD 271 combines a studio-quality, shock-mounted dynamic mic with the TEC Award–winning K 271 Studio closed-back circumaural headphones. AKG innovations make these ideal for on-air broadcasting, recording, monitoring, intercom and other pro applications. Features include a mic boom arm with 270 degrees of vertical and horizontal rotation that can be placed on the right or left without modifying the headset. Intelligent muting automatically silences the mic when the arm is moved up. AES booth: #226.
Ideal for project/home studios, Audio-Technica’s new AT2041SP 20 Series Studio Pack comprises the versatile AT2020 side-address condenser (for vocal and instrument applications) and the AT2021 small-diaphragm condenser, a natural for acoustic instruments, overheads, hi-hat and piano. Audio-Technica’s stringent quality/consistency standards set both microphones apart from other mics in their class. Each offers a wide dynamic range and handles high SPLs with ease. A pivoting stand mount, microphone clip and protective pouches are included. Price: $249. AES booth: #608.
AVENSON AUDIO TVM
This handheld tube mic will be “very smooth, very open,” according to designer Brad Avenson. The capsule is a ¾-inch cardioid-only design coupled to an amplifier with a hand-selected, military surplus, subminiature triode for exceptionally low noise and high durability. The grille’s three-layer design avoids foam altogether to preserve clarity, but still limits plosives, wind noise and other ills of live performance. Because this is a tube mic, a roadworthy outboard power supply is included, with 16-gauge steel chassis and enough power to supply two mics at once. Price: $1,000. AES booth: #1151.
BRAUNER PHANTOM AE
The Phantom AE is Brauner’s new high-quality, single-pattern FET microphone. This limited black with gold lettering edition comes with a certificate of authenticity and microphone cable. AES booth: #857.
CHARTEROAK ACOUSTICS SA538B
The SA538B microphone is a variation on the company’s flagship product, the SA538. The SA538B employs the side-terminated S-2 capsule–type and, as a result, provides extended bass response and extremely smooth treble response. This mic is excellent for vocal recording. Each microphone is hand-assembled and tested in our studio with a seven-day burn-in. The mic ships in a lockable flight case with power supply, appropriate cables and shock-mount.
CHARTEROAK ACOUSTICS S600
This cardioid tube condenser is sold in sequentially numbered pairs with a dual power supply, two shock-mounts and cables. The S600 employs a 1-inch, side-terminated S-3 capsule and is excellent when used as a stereo overhead pair on drums in small rooms. The result is non-sibilant cymbals while picking up all of the transient peaks of the snare and toms. The S600’s extended bass response makes it excellent for recording bass guitar, while its particularly smooth treble response is perfect for recording bright electric guitars. Each mic is hand-assembled and tested in our studio with a seven-day burn-in period. The mics ship in a lockable flight case.
CROWLEY & TRIPP RIBBON MICROPHONES
Studio Vocalist, Soundstage Image and Proscenium are newly designed, U.S.-made ribbon mics. The Vocalist ($1,395) has a 30 to 15k Hz bandwidth, 126dB SPL handling and a bass response tailored for full low/midrange sounds. The $1,395 Soundstage Image offers an uncolored sound for broadcast, soundstage and orchestral. Proscenium ($1,485) is useful for classical recording and has a warm sound reminiscent of vintage ribbon models.
A transformerless version of the classic 4006, the Model 4006-TL provides optimal neutrality, accuracy and extremely low distortion even at very high SPLs, with total transparency and natural-sounding clarity. The transformerless design increases the sensitivity and provides an extended low-frequency handling capability (10 to 20k Hz). Price: $1,799. AES booth: #148.
ENHANCED AUDIO M600
Rather than suspending the microphone in elastics, this revolutionary microphone mount clamps the mic within two low-resonant aluminum rings, precision-drilled and tapped at three points. At each of the three points, an adjustable mounting screw is inserted; attached to the screw is a technopolymer plastic (Delrin) thrust pad. When contact has been established, the microphone is protected from disturbance caused by structural and ground-borne external vibrations, resulting in an audibly tighter and extended bass response, cleaner treble and improved detail. Price: $325. AES booth: #859.
ELECTRO-VOICE BLUE SERIES CARDINAL
The Electro-Voice Blue Cardinal is a cardioid condenser designed to capture the detail of voice and instrument in live sound or studio applications. Employing Class-A, discrete ultralow-noise amplifier circuitry, the Cardinal’s smooth and detailed performance is sure to please even the most discerning artists and engineers. Features include pressure-gradient cardioid condenser, Class-A discrete ultralow-noise circuitry, unique double swivel-mounted design for ideal positioning, innovative visual design and a cherry wood mic housing. Great for voice or instruments. Price: $269.
ELECTRO-VOICE BLUE SERIES RAVEN
The Electro-Voice Blue Raven is a stylish dynamic microphone designed to capture the character of live and studio vocals; it’s also the perfect microphone for live and studio instruments. The Raven incorporates the collaborative design work from the top industry microphone engineers to provide unparalleled performance in a stunning package. This dynamic mic with studio detail and clarity features a cardioid pattern with excellent off-axis rejection and a unique double swivel-mounted design for ideal positioning. Price: $199.
HEIL SOUND PR40
Our highest-performance LD dynamic microphone, the PR40 puts Bob Heil’s best cardioid capsule loaded in a studio-capable, end-fire package. Very smooth midrange and extended bottom end. Also available is the PR30, with an internally shock-mounted Heil LD dynamic capsule floated on an internal rubber shockmount system for improved mechanical isolation. You haven’t heard dynamics like these before! AES booth: #851.
HEIL SOUND PR20
This handheld, large-diaphragm dynamic microphone is the very first Heil LD dynamic, and sonically outperforms nearly all dynamic mics. It features the smoothness of a ribbon and a top end that is surprisingly good. AES booth: #851.
Combining 1 GB of Flash memory with a Sennheiser omni condenser capsule, the FlashMic DRM85 is the world’s first pro digital recording mic. The self-contained unit records instantly with a single button-push and its 48kHz/16-bit .WAV linear or MPEG 1 Layer 2–encoded files can then be transferred at up to 90x real time via USB to Mac or PC. The unit records up to six hours on two AA batteries and will ship in January 2006. AES booth: #227.
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The H2-PRO surround sound mic is the only patented device specifically designed for capturing discrete 5.1, 6.1 and 7.1 channels of surround sound for all professional audio applications. All surround sound recordings from the H2-PRO are discrete and in real time, thus easy to bring into any broadcast or studio environment to manipulate, mix and/or encode into any/all of the standard consumer playback formats—Dolby, DTS and Circle Surround. AES booth: #654.
The new version of the JM47 is even better than before. The JM47A cardioid large-diaphragm condenser mic combines a FET device for the preamplifier circuit with a transformer-balanced output. The capsule uses a “center-electrode” design with dynamic feedback at the capacitor element. The diaphragm is gold-sputtered micro-fine Mylar, with a machined brass body, highpass filter and pad switches. Price: $299.99. AES booth: #545.
This large-diaphragm, cardioid condenser uses FET devices for both preamplifier and output stages for pleasing audio qualities. The capsule is manufactured in the “concentric electrode” design, providing smooth extended frequency response. The large 1.035-inch diaphragm is gold-sputtered micro-fine Mylar with a machined brass body. You’ll find that the JM37 is an excellent choice for male and female vocals, as well as acoustic guitar and other instruments. Price: $299.99. AES booth: #545.
This dual-pattern (omni and cardioid) large-diaphragm condenser mic uses FET devices for both preamplifier and output stages, and a “center-electrode” capsule design for smooth, extended frequency response. Its 1.035-inch dual-diaphragms are gold-sputtered, micro-fine Mylar in a machined brass body. An excellent choice for male and female lead vocals, the JM37-DP also excels at recording choir, orchestral and other acoustic instruments. Price: $399.99. AES booth: #545.
The MXL 604 dual-capsule instrument miking system is a pressure-gradient condenser microphone with an interchangeable omnidirectional capsule. The microphone features a -10dB attenuation switch, along with selectable LF roll-off capability. The 604 has a satin silver finish and includes a mic clip, windscreen and wood storage box. Price: $179.95. AES booth: #527.
MXL 2010 MULTIPATTERN MIC
Featuring Class-A FET circuitry, the new 2010 is a pressure-gradient condenser microphone with a large 25mm (1-inch) gold-sputtered diaphragm. Polar patterns include omni, cardioid and figure-8. The MXL 2010 features a -10dB attenuation switch and selectable LF roll-off. It includes a shockmount and carrying case. Price: $199.95. AES booth: #527.
PEARL OM 16
The Pearl OM 16 is a small omnidirectional condenser mic. The transformerless circuit achieves a very flat frequency response but with a boost from 5 to 12 kHz of 2.5 to 3 dB (at 8 kHz). The OM 16 sounds very natural and uncolored, which makes it an excellent choice for capturing musical instruments and vocal performances. Price: $575. AES booth: #446.
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RØDE VIDEOMIC II
At AES, RØDE will introduce one of the most exciting new microphones to be released in the past decade. With the unprecedented success of the VideoMic, RØDE releases VideoMic II, an on-camera stereo microphone that rivals the performance of many high-end stereo shotguns.
ROYER R-122V TUBE RIBBON MIC
After years of development and testing, Royer unveils its first vacuum tube ribbon mic at AES. Based on the same ribbon transducer technology as the acclaimed R-121 and R-122, the R-122V uses a triode-driven circuit to raise the mic’s sensitivity to -29 dB. The mic is finished in 18-carat gold and features a dedicated power supply and cable set with military-grade locking-type XLR connectors, Jensen output transformer and proprietary toroidal mic transformer. AES booth: #869.
Sanken’s CO-100K superwide-range omnidirectional mic is the world’s first 100kHz mic designed specifically for professional high-resolution recording. Applications include recording music with a wide dynamic range, especially acoustic instruments, and capturing a new world of detail in recording sound effects. Its compact size and unobtrusive appearance also makes it ideal for orchestral and other live recording environments.
SE ELECTRONICS SE RIBBON
The SE Ribbon is a handcrafted precision microphone yielding all the warmth of a fine vintage microphone and an extended high-frequency response due to our special design. The microphone is supplied with an elegant shockmount and comes in an aluminum flight case. Price: $749. AES booth: #568.
SE ELECTRONICS TITAN
Finally, an affordable 1-inch titanium-diaphragm mic. Titan features clear highs and tight lows, a transformerless active balanced output, eight selectable polar patterns,100Hz filter and 10dB pad. Frequency response is 20 to 20k Hz; Equivalent Noise Level is 18 dB (A-weighted), 128 max SPL for 0.5-percent THD @ 1 kHz; impedance is <200 ohms. 48V phantom power required. Price: $1,499. AES booth: #568.
Soundelux restores the sound and performance of the ’60s era German tube 67 in the all-new E67. For less than you would pay for a vintage original—with replacement parts and readily available new-old-stock tubes—the E67 embodies all of the most important characteristics of the original, while offering consistency, reliability and long-term serviceability that’s a requirement for today. With the addition of a “normal/bright” switch, the E67 adds even more flexibility needed by today’s recordists. AES booth: #854.
The E251C is a more affordable, cardioid-only version of the renowned Elux251, using the same capsule as the Elux. By using a lower-cost body assembly, removing the pattern selection switch and providing an imported shockmount, we pass significant savings on, enabling more people to have a top-of-the-line, world-class vocal mic. Maintaining all the clarity and tone of the original, the E251C is an ideal mic for vocals and many other applications. AES booth: #854.
The new portable ST350 offers SoundField’s unique 3-D technology in a miniaturized package that’s powered by either AC or battery. Dispensing with the compromises associated with portable recording, the ST350 system comprises a lightweight multicapsule microphone and fully featured compact mic pre/control unit that generates surround and stereo simultaneously at balanced line-levels. AES booth: #848.
T.H.E. AUDIO KS-1
T.H.E. has combined its finest electronics with a smooth-sounding, 16mm true condenser capsule. The result is a product tailored for live stage vocals. The KS-1—with its solid feel and mass; smooth, clean output; and competitive price point—sets the standard for all of the new (wired) vocal systems currently in use. Price: $429. AES booth: #1028.
T.H.E. AUDIO KR-50
Our KR-50 capsule is a new addition to our modular line based on the KA-04 mic body. Using the same technology as our “flat and open” cardioid 25mm capsule series (KR-25A), we have made an omnidirectional capsule that adds a great new audio palette to your studio. Price: $598. AES booth: #1028.
T.H.E. AUDIO CR-5 AND CR-6
T.H.E. is now offering a unibody (non-modular) series of cardioid and omnidirectional mics that are economically priced yet packed with features. Using our patented electronics and a new capsule design, we offer these small, true condensers to studio owners, musicians and recordists everywhere. High-speed, smooth-sounding and (hand-) built to last, our CR Series offers tools that will add a new level of enjoyment to your recording and playing. Price: $348. AES booth: #1028.