The 10 Best XLR Cables for Microphones [2024 Guide]

It may not seem like it at first, but having quality cables is very important. You can spend thousands on a signal chain, but it’s often said that it’s only as good as the weakest component. Even though cheap cables…

The 15 Best Dynamic Microphones for Any Budget in 2024

Looking for the best dynamic microphone to fill out your recording arsenal? We’ve tracked down 15 of them for a variety of instruments and applications. What Is a Dynamic Microphone? Dynamic mics are a style of passive microphone that operate…

The 14 Best ASMR Microphones for Any Budget

ASMR is one of the most popular, if not slightly unusual, entertainment trends of the last several years. ASMR creators attempt to trigger the listener’s “autonomous sensory meridian response”—a tingling sensation that begins at the scalp and moves down through…

The Best Condenser Mics for Your Studio in 2024 [Any Budget]

The best condenser mic will see constant use in your studio. There’s so much variety out there that it can be a bit overwhelming trying to sort the good from the bad, so we’ve put together a shortlist of some…

Lauten Audio LA-120 Review: The Ultimate Small-Diaphragm Condenser Mic Pair?

Lauten Audio is a family-owned and operated company introducing innovative designs into the world of traditional microphones. Their inspiring lineup of mics marries classic sonics with modern utility, resulting in versatile, multi-purpose tools for any project. Today, we’re breaking down…

Lauten Audio Eden LT-386 Review: The Ultimate Vacuum Tube Mic?

The Lauten Audio Eden LT-386 represents the apex of the brand’s design prowess, and in this review we’ll break down why this high-end tube condenser deserves the title. Lauten Brings Professional Quality Sound to Your Studio From the premium Signature…

The 9 Best Drum Mics for Live Sound & Recording (2024 Guide)

We talk about the best microphones for vocals and various instruments all the time, but what about the best mics for drums? As with any quality microphone, there’s always some overlap. You probably already own at least one transducer that…

The 9 Best Ribbon Mics for Your Home Studio in 2024

Ribbon microphones first emerged in the 1920s. In 1931, RCA began commercially manufacturing the PB-31, which had a huge impact on the recording and broadcast industries. Ribbon mics remained popular throughout the ’50s, though gradually started to see less use…

Townsend Labs Sphere L22 Review: Why We Love This Modeling Mic

The Townsend Labs Sphere L22 modeling microphone initially emerged as a game-changer that challenged traditional recording paradigms. Harnessing the power of innovative modeling algorithms and precision engineering, the Sphere L22 took mic emulation to an unprecedented level. We occasionally review…

UA Sphere DLX Review: A Professional & Versatile Modeling Mic You Need

In the realm of professional audio gear, Universal Audio stands as a revered name synonymous with uncompromising quality, cutting-edge technology, and timeless craftsmanship. Renowned for their exceptional audio interfaces, outboard equipment, and plugins, UA has also made a significant impact…

Cardioid vs Condenser – What’s the Difference?

When you’re first learning about microphones, all of the various terms can be confusing. After reading this article, you’ll have a better grasp of the different kinds of microphones, and most importantly, why cardioid vs condenser is an invalid comparison!…

The Best Violin Microphones to Add Some Live Strings to Your Mix

The best violin microphone for stage or studio does a solid job of capturing the detail and nuance of the instrument. Violin can be incredibly intimate, so you’ll want to try and retain that delicateness with a microphone that captures…

The 6 Best Neumann Mics for Vocals in 2023 (Live & Studio Sound)

Neumann has been synonymous with exceptional sound quality throughout the history of recorded music. Many, if not all, of these microphones are likely familiar to some degree both in part to Neumann’s longstanding reputation and the universality of many of…

What Is a Preamp & Why Is It So Important?

People who are brand new to recording should ask the fundamental question, “What is a preamp?” They’re an indispensable, utilitarian part of the recording chain, though preamps can be colorful creative tools as well. If you’ve ever wondered what a…

Behringer BC1200 Professional 7-Piece Drum Microphone Set Review

Behringer’s BC1200 professional 7-piece drum microphone set has to be one of the greatest values we’ve ever reviewed, providing engineers a means of close-miking an entire drum kit for less than the cost of a single microphone. The set is…

The 7 Best Mics for Guitar Amps to Get Killer Tone

Every guitarist is on a personal quest for the greatest tone ever. That’s half the fun of playing guitar! But just when you’ve found the right pickups, pedals, the perfect string gauge, the ideal plectrum material and thickness, and of…

Lauten Audio Clarion FC-357 Review: Your New Go-To FET Condenser

The Lauten Audio Clarion FC-357 FET condenser is an inspiring mic upon review, pairing the best of vintage class with modern hi-fi. Lauten’s microphones always impress, thanks to a combination of premium sonics, innovative design, and affordability relative to other…

The 10 Best Cheap Microphones for Any Budget in 2023

Mics are some of the most diverse pieces of gear we can own as recording engineers and producers. Some are super versatile and sound great on lots of different sources, and others are a bit more purpose-built. As you look…

JZ Vintage 67 Review: High-End Performance in a Vintage Style Mic

JZ Microphones was founded in Latvia in 2007 by Mr. Juris Zarins. He’d spent the better part of two decades researching and developing successful microphones with companies like Blue before striking out on his own as JZ Microphones. Today we…

Decoding Mid/Side Miking Techniques

The mid/side (M/S) miking technique is a common stereo recording device involving two microphones. It provides some serious advantages over other stereo recording techniques, and is an incredible tool in the studio. What Is Mid/Side Stereo Recording? Legendary EMI electronics…

Sennheiser e965 Handheld Microphone Review

In today’s review, we’ll cover the Sennheiser e965 handheld microphone — a tough and dependable mic designed to bring the clarity of condensers to live performance. The Sennheiser Evolution 900 Series Was Built to Dominate Live Sound Sennheiser has consistently…

Sennheiser e835 vs Shure SM58: Which Is Right for You?

Today, we’ll have a look at the Sennheiser e835 vs Shure SM58. These are two popular handheld dynamic microphones for live use. How does the SM58, a longtime favorite since 1966, stack up to the competition made almost thirty years…

MXL 990 Review | Best Budget Condenser?

MXL produces a range of cost-effective microphones. The MXL 990 is one of their most innovative creations, pairing high-quality sound with an unbeatable price. About MXL MXL Microphones is the pro audio sector of Marshall Electronics (not to be confused…

What Does a Cloudlifter Do (And Should You Be Using One)?

Having trouble moving the meters with low-output microphones? Is your preamp tapped out and introducing noise? You might need a Cloudlifter. What Is a Cloudlifter? The Cloudlifter CL-1 is an inline gain boost designed and made by Cloud Microphones. It…

The Best Wireless Microphone for Singers [2023 Guide]

The best wireless microphone sounds great, is reliable, and most importantly, lets a performer roam the stage without restriction. Historically, there’ve been reservations about wireless systems, namely due to questions about interference, sound quality, and overall reliability. The truth is,…

The Behringer ECM8000 Measurement Microphone Review

In this Behringer ECM8000 review, we’ll get to better understand the purpose of this measurement microphone and its importance. Behringer ECM8000 Review The Behringer ECM8000 is a specialized omnidirectional condenser microphone for measuring room equalization. It’s used in tandem with…

AKG Perception 120 Condenser Mic Review: Comparing Price and Performance

AKG needs no introduction. The company makes some of the most-used microphones of all time, including the workhorse 414 condenser and the seven thousand dollar C12 tube mic. The AKG P120 is in a different category altogether, at an unbelievable…

The 5 Best LEWITT Microphones for Your Studio

Founded by Roman Perschon in 2009, the Vienna-headquartered LEWITT Microphones is one of the fastest-growing companies in the market, on track to become the industry’s not-so-best-kept secret. The design philosophy and manufacturing techniques behind all their products challenge the legacy companies…

Audio Test Kitchen Review: Test Up to 300 Mics for FREE!

Audio Test Kitchen is an incredible free resource for recording enthusiasts. One of the biggest challenges engineers face is becoming knowledgable about mics. And there’s really no way to do that without trying them on practically every instrument over the…

The Different Kinds of Microphones and Their Applications

The more you get into the recording craft, the more you’ll start to recognize different kinds of microphones. There’s a huge world of mics out there, but knowing the major types will help you decide what to use. When you’re…

SE2200T Review: An Affordable & Capable Studio Condenser Mic

It isn’t often that we cover discontinued products, but occasionally exceptions should be made. The secondhand market for coveted music gear is alive and well, so with that in mind, let’s review the SE2200T by sE Electronics. Can a Cheap…

The 5 Best Shotgun Microphones for Your Home Studio

The shotgun mic is a film/TV industry staple for capturing extremely directional audio with little ambient noise. We’ll cover a few of the top shotgun microphones around if you’re looking to pick one up for your personal collection. What Is…

Bluebird SL Condenser Mic Review

The Bluebird SL by BLUE Microphones is a low-cost, all-around condenser that’s suitable for a range of applications. We’ll take a look at whether you should add one to your mic locker! The Bluebird SL cardioid condenser microphone is a…

The 5 Best AKG Microphones for Any Budget in 2023

AKG microphones are among the most reputable in the industry. Best known for their high-end offerings, AKG produces a wide range of mics for any budget and application. For 75 Years, AKG Has Been Perfecting Their Line of Microphones AKG,…

What Is Phantom Power & Which Mics Need It?

Phantom power can be confusing when you first get into recording. This guide to phantom power will answer some of the most frequently asked questions beginner engineers have. Introduction: What Is Phantom Power? In order to understand phantom power, it’s…

FAQ Friday – Micing Drums and Piano Tips
➡️➡️Watch our other FAQ Friday videos here: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLnLOmVwRMCqTWh5Q2gFR7i2ct2nngcv_H Hello friends! This week we are looking at some commonly asked questions about how to get amazing sounds out of your drums. Have you ever struggled to get a solid kick sound?…
The Shure SM57, the Most Popular Dynamic Mic Ever Made

The Shure SM57 is the definitive workhorse microphone. It’s ubiquitous across the world, from home project studios to world-renowned places like Sunset Sound. The microphone is rock solid, pragmatic in cost and usage, and highly effective. It’s impossible to miss…

Are these the Best Value Small Diaphragm Mics? (Only $149!)
a Rafflecopter giveaway Hello everybody! This year at NAMM we visited with our good friends at Lewitt and they showed us some brand new Microphones the LCT 140 AIR & LCT 040 MATCH. - They're finally coming out! One great thing…
How Audio Test Kitchen Changed Comparing Mics Forever!
In today's video, we had the opportunity to sit down with Alex Oana, co-founder of Audio Test Kitchen again! The last time we sat down with Alex, he told us all about how Audio Test Kitchen works, and went through…
Audio Test Kitchen Has Revolutionized the Microphone Shootout

We recently met with the fantastic Alex Oana at Gold-Diggers in Los Angeles to check out his rather amazing endeavors with Audio Test Kitchen! Audio Test Kitchen is a free online resource aiming to change the way we audition microphones. They’ve…

Lewitt Audio Tour & Interview with Founder & CEO Roman Perschon
As you know I'm a huge fan of Lewitt - both the company and products. Their microphones are made extremely well and they care about the music community. They're a company the industry needs and have made their mark making…