MIX AES SURVIVAL GUIDE
SE ELECTRONICS TITAN
sE Electronics’ Titan is a tranformerless, multipattern, Class-A FET condenser. It uses the company’s specially developed center-terminated titanium-diaphragm capsule, providing a frequency characteristic with enhanced clarity, detail and transient response. A better transient response means clear high frequencies with less distortion and a tighter LF response. Titan features a -10dB pad and LF roll-off switch, and is excellent for vocal recording, acoustic instruments, percussion and broadcast use. AES booth: #341.
AKG PERCEPTION 400: Perception 400 is a multipattern, large-diaphragm condenser mic ideal for both studio and live sound applications. Features include two back-to-back capsules with gold-sputtered 1-inch diaphragms, offering selectable cardioid, omni and figure-8 patterns, along with switchable -10dB pad and bass-cut filter. The Perception 400 comes in a metal-framed carrying case with a screw-on, spider-type shockmount.
AUDIO-TECHNICA ARTIST SERIES: Audio-Technica has completely re-engineered its Artist Series™ line of live sound mics, adding innovative new models and upgrading classics for a complete selection of vocal, instrument and drum mics. Highlights include the ATM250DE, an affordable dual-element kick drum mic; the ATM450, an innovative side-address pencil condenser; and the ATM710, a durable cardioid condenser handheld tailored for high-fidelity vocal reproduction. The company also offers a generous selection of included accessories. AES booth #210.
AUDIX VX-5 VOCAL MIC
This professional slim-line, 9 to 52V phantom-powered electret condenser vocal mic is aimed at the live performance and broadcast market. With a uniform frequency response of 40 to 18k Hz, the VX-5 features a 14mm gold-vapor diaphragm, a supercardioid polar pattern, bass roll-off filter, a specially ported steel mesh grille and Audix’s trademark black-satin finish. Its -10dB pad enables the capsule to handle SPLs in excess of 140 dB.
BLUE MICROPHONES OMNI MOUSE: Using BLUE’S renowned B4 handbuilt spherical pure-pressure omni, Omni Mouse is designed for orchestration, Decca Tree, room tone and ambient recording. AES booth #1501.
CHARTEROAK ACOUSTICS M900: The new M900 transformerless small-diaphragm condenser mic uses the company’s S-5 (cardioid), S-6 (hypercardioid) and S-7 (omni) capsule types. All three capsules are shipped with each M900 head amplifier and are easily interchangeable. The M900 has a two-step sensitivity switch (-10/-20 dB) and a two-position bass roll-off (-3dB/octave starting at 150 Hz; -6dB/octave starting at 75 Hz). The M900 ships in a flight case with windsock and mic clip, and include CharterOak’s lifetime warranty. AES booth #236.
CROWLEY AND TRIPP RECORDIST ENSEMBLE STEREO: Crowley and Tripp’s American-made Recordist and Recordist Ensemble Stereo kits are ideal for Blumlein configurations and diverse recording duties. The Recordist is priced at $1,295 each, and comes with its own rotary mount. The Recordist Ensemble Stereo kit comprises two matched Recordist ribbon microphones, extender bar and low-diffraction rotary mount at an introductory price of $1,995. Recordist mics have a three-year warranty, and come in an unobtrusive gunmetal grey finish. AES booth: #1431.
With its elegant design and excellent performance, the BLM406 is the perfect microphone for speech and vocal sound reinforcement in boardrooms, courtrooms, classrooms and conference facilities. Featuring a built-in 4060 miniature microphone with omnidirectional polar pattern, it picks up speech with a clear, natural sound. The stainless-steel disc is four inches in diameter and is supplied with a detachable 10-foot cable and XLR adapter for phantom powering. AES booth #342.
DPA SMK4061: The SMK4061 stereo mic kit has been designed for live and recording applications, specifically for acoustic piano. Along with the two hand-selected 4061 mics come a variety of accessories for mounting, including both magnetic and adhesive mounts and a pair of boundary-layer mounts that allow for a range of nearly invisible mounting options. Lid up or closed, these mics will capture the instrument with musical accuracy and detail. AES booth #342.
EQUATION AUDIO F.20
The Equation Audio F.20 features all-new, Equation-exclusive, advanced HR-2295, high-resolution head amp, a near 1-inch diameter (22mm) proprietary electret transducer and a new, exclusive multifaceted body and chassis design, performance beta tests have demonstrated it has extraordinary frequency response, robust ballistic capability and exceptionally low self-noise. Comes with large retro swivel-mount.
GROOVE TUBES GT30: Studio condenser microphone. Medium-sized all-brass capsule, top-address design, interchangable capsules for multiple patterns (optional omni and supercardoid), ¾-inch diameter, 6-micron evaporated-gold diaphragm, Class-A FET electronics, -15dB attenuation pad, 75Hz low-frequency roll-off switch. AES booth #1505.
GROOVE TUBES GT60: Studio condenser tube microphone. Large all-brass capsule, single-pattern side-address design, 1.1-inch diameter, 3-micron evaporated-gold diaphragm, full-frequency Disk Resonator technology, Class-A tube electronics, -10dB attenuation pad, 75Hz LF roll-off switch. (Also available as the model GT50, with Class-A FET electronics). AES booth #1505.
HHB FLASHMIC DRM85: The HHB FlashMic is the world’s first pro digital recording microphone. It combines a high-quality Sennheiser omnidirectional condenser capsule with an in-built, broadcast-quality Flash recorder. FlashMic is a convenient, easy-to-operate and durable recorder that’s perfect for use in all voice recording applications, including press and broadcast journalism, radio interviewing, Podcasting, meetings, etc.
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HOLOPHONE H4 SUPERMINI: The breakthrough H4 SuperMINI delivers expansive 5.1-channel audio field capture in a supercompact package. The world’s only surround microphone mountable on a professional-quality video camera. AES booth #1602.
HOLOPHONE H3-D: The H3-D delivers 5.1 discrete channels of crystal-clear sound—ideal for pro audio, project studios, live music, educational and faith-based surround sound recordings. AES booth #1602.
INNERTUBE AUDIO MM-2006: The MM-2006 condenser microphone replaces the MM-2000 in innerTube Audio’s product line. The MM-2006 features a U.S.-made 1-inch sputtered-gold capsule; more extended high- and low-frequency response; nearly line-level output; a noise floor lower than most solid-state condenser mics; a unique tube preamp; and fully remote pattern control from omni through figure-8 to cardioid.
LAUTEN AUDIO HORIZON: The Horizon tube microphone melds acoustic theory with vintage and cutting-edge technology. This microphone is unique in sound, components and industrial design. The Horizon is built with boutique-quality components serving high-end recording studios and home studios. The Horizon is proving to be extremely versatile, making it a true workhorse. AES booth #1107.
MOJAVE AUDIO MA-200: Having made custom condenser mics for top recording pros since 1985, David Royer’s expertise is available to everyone with the MA-200 large-diaphragm tube mic. The MA-200 uses Jensen transformers, military-grade JAN 5840 tubes and hand-selected, 3-micron, gold-sputtered capsules for exceptional sound quality. It offers extended LF response, smooth mids and an open, airy top end. Includes shockmount, power supply, cable and heavy-duty flight case. AES booth #1332.
NEUMANN KM D SERIES: Neumann’s miniature KM D Series enters the digital realm with the KM 183 D, KM 184 D and KM 185 D. Featuring dynamic range far exceeding that of the capsule, internal A/D conversion allows optimal use of capsule qualities, ensuring that the capsule signal reaches the recording system without coloration and with matchless transparency. Two finishes are available: classic nickel and black Nextel. All standard sampling frequencies from 44.1 kHz to 192 kHz are supported. AES booth #402.
NEUMANN KMS 104: The Neumann KMS 104 handheld cardioid condenser stage microphone has been developed to permit optimal vocal transmission with the best possible suppression of sounds originating behind the microphone. The hypercardioid KMS 105 has become an internationally recognized standard in the field of high-quality stage microphones. Due to low self-noise and crosstalk behavior, which is free of coloration, both microphones are ideal for use with in-ear monitoring systems. AES booth #402.
NEUMANN TLM 49: The retro design of the TLM 49 gives an indication of its capabilities. The warm character of the sound provides richness and transparency, with no unpleasant overemphasis of high frequencies. The microphone employs the renowned K 47 capsule as featured in the M 49 and the U47. The TLM 49 is suitable for vocal and instrumental applications in professional production studios and demanding home recordings. It is supplied as a set with elastic suspension. AES booth #402.
RED MICROPHONES TYPE A: This vacuum tube microphone system combines low noise and superb transient response, along with a choice of nine interchangeable capsules (the RedHeads). The transformerless, Class-A discrete amplifier circuit is a thoroughly modern design with a nod to the classic circuits of yesterday and uses a single hand-selected ECC88 vacuum tube. Included accessories: custom-built flight case, high-definition tube mic cable, shock-mount and innovative PowerStream power supply. AES booth #1509.
RØDE NT55: The NT55 has the same sound quality, ease of use and reliability of the NT5, but with the added features of a two-stage highpass filter and a two-stage pad. RØDE has also included a free NT45-O omni capsule in every NT55 kit. Along with the supplied NT45-C cardioid capsule, this makes the NT55 an unbeatable package for anyone wanting the most versatile small-capsule system on the market. AES booth #1141.
RØDE PODCASTER: The world’s first USB dynamic microphone specifically suited to Podcasting, the Podcaster features an end-address configuration, the clarity of RØDE’s tailored-for-voice frequency response, ultralow self-noise, a status LED and a direct output headphone amplifier (with volume control). The Podcaster comes with a 5-meter USB cable and clip. Optional extras include a shock-mounting system and soon-to-be-released adjustable table-mount arm. AES booth #1141.
ROYER R-122V: Finally shipping, Royer’s long-awaited first vacuum tube ribbon mic is based on the same ribbon transducer technology as the acclaimed R-121 and R-122. However, 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 with military-grade locking-type XLR connectors, Jensen output transformer and proprietary toroidal mic transformer. AES booth #1332.
SE ELECTRONICS REFLEXION FILTER: The Reflexion Filter is innovative, portable and versatile—a truly unique device that uses state-of-the-art materials to provide acoustical isolation in any environment and improve the sound of acoustically treated rooms. It attaches to any microphone stand via a clamp fitting, and allows the microphone to be moved vertically and horizontally along the assembly. AES booth: #341.
SENNHEISER EVOLUTION 602 II: Sennheiser’s e602 II cardioid dynamic mic is the successor to the famed e602 and is designed for use with kick drums, bass guitar, cabs, tubas and other low-frequency instruments. More than 40% lighter than its predecessor, the e602 II features more robust, lightweight aluminum housing that allows for greater stability when positioning it on a long boom arm. A shock-mounted capsule offers fast attack with extended low-frequency response. AES booth #402.
SHURE KSM9: The hard-wired version of the KSM9 wireless, the condenser KSM9 offers switch-selectable cardioid or supercardioid patterns. Response is 50 to 20k Hz; max SPL is 153 dB. Available in champagne or charcoal-gray finishes, it features a two-stage internal shock-mount, hardened-steel grille and gold-plated connectors. AES booth #302.
STUDIO PROJECTS B SERIES: All B Series Mics have been significantly upgraded. Housed in matte-silver bodies with a sleek new look, each mic has a stylish tri-color emblem. Features have been added in many cases, allowing for greater flexibility of configuration. A new headstock with a wider, heavier mesh grille, combined with improvements to the capsules and electronics, result in improved sonic characteristics. All B Series mics include elastic suspension and foam windscreens. AES booth #1411.
STUDIO PROJECTS C SERIES: All C Series mics have undergone a significant upgrade. Updates include a sleek new look and a redesigned headstock. Changes to the capsule design and electronics allow for lower self-noise, greater dynamic range and improved sonic characteristics. In many cases, features have been added, such as additional pad and highpass filter settings, resulting in a greater number of possible configurations. All C Series mics include the new Halo elastic suspension, foam windscreen and flight case. AES booth #1411.
SUPERLUX S241/U3: The new Superlux S241/U3 is a true capacitor cardioid condenser microphone with a ½-inch gold-evaporated 3-micron diaphragm. It features a 0/-10/-20dB position attenuation switch and a flat, 75Hz and 150Hz position low-cut filter switch. The S214/U3 has an extended frequency response, superior signal-to-noise ratio and excellent SPL characteristics. The slight high-end elevation frequency response makes it ideal for capturing signals rich in transients in a wide variety of applications.