Microphones

Every mic has a unique character and limitations. Being able to understand these and match them to the sound source is the most important step in getting good audio (or a good recording). Mic placement is just as important as the type of mic used. Getting these factors right means less fiddling with electronics to sculpt the sound in a way that will fit into the mix. There’s nothing like the sound of a mix where everything is done correctly at the source.

We love the character of dynamic mics, they also provide fantastic wind and feedback resistance. Our favourite mics in the kit are:

  • Sennheiser E840 – fantastic neutral vocal mics (great detail).
  • AKG D5 – detailed vocal mic as long as the vocalist is not breathy, also good with acoustic strings or hi-hats.
  • Blue enCORE 100i – a fantastic all-rounder instrument mic, especially loves stringed instruments.
  • Audix i5 – all-rounder instrument mic, great for snare and guitars.
  • Shure SM57 – this has a “hype” which is magic for electric guitars or punk vocals, also useful for a “soft” drum overhead sound.
  • Sennheiser e602-II – a kick mic that has a sharp attack and a meaty low-end.
  • AKG D112 – useful for a warm kick or bass guitar sound.
  • AKG D12 – an agressive kick or bass guitar mic.

We have a number of very specialised mics in our kit for when the above aren’t quite right, including a few condenser mics. There is even a Shure 55SH for when image is important.

Complete Mic List

Dynamic Mics

  • 1x Sennheiser MD421-II
  • 1x Electro-Voice RE320
  • 3x Sennheiser E840
  • 3x AKG D5
  • 1x AKG D7
  • 1x Audio Technica ATM63
  • 3x Audix i5
  • 2x Shure SM57
  • 1x AKG D112
  • 2x AKG D12
  • 1x Sennheiser e602-II
  • 1x Sennheiser e609
  • 1x Electro-Voice N/D478
  • 2x Shure SM58
  • 1x Shure SM55

Condenser Mics

  • 1x M-Audio Aries
  • 2x Audio Technica AT2035
  • 1x AKG C417
  • 2x AKG C568 shotgun
  • 1x Art M-Four large diaphragm valve

Other Mics

  • 1x Wasaphone MKII – Carbon mic (made from an old telephone)
  • 1x MXL R144 – Ribbon mic

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