Reviewed: Sennheiser XS Wireless Digital Vocal Set
Sennheiser announce new wireless systems about as often as Australian treasurers declare fake budget surpluses; that is to say, once a year. Luckily, the German pro audio manufacturers know a tad more about what they’re doing - their wireless systems consistently set the industry standard. Unveiled at this year’s NAMM, the XS Wireless Digital series continues a trend of excellence, spanning several cheaper audio options for musicians and videographers alike. All sets contain the same simple transmitter and receiver linked with a 2.4GHz connection, though it’s the vocal set that has taken our fancy.
Reviewed: SE Electronics V Series Drum Mics
Mixing a drum kit in either a studio or live setting is never easy. Even in the confines of a studio, cabling is still a massive headache and often requires crafty pre-planning to ensure no one trips over a cable that’s plugged into a precariously angled expensive overhead, or snare microphone perfectly placed for maximum room and impact. sE Microphones, in their endless quest to provide working class products at great prices, have begun to solve this problem.
Reviewed: Samson Q8X Dynamic Microphone
Samson are well known for delivering quality audio products at a lower price than many similar options on the market and with the release of their new Q8X dynamic microphone, they have again hit the mark with the budget-conscious musician in mind. There are dozens of options if you’re looking for a hand-held dynamic vocal mic for stage use, so it can be hard to sort through all the different possibilities and brand names that don’t necessarily offer additional benefits.
Reviewed: Lewitt Audio DTP 640 REX Kick Drum Microphone
The Lewitt DTP 640 REX is one microphone that many live and studio engineers are going to want to get a look at and, more importantly, a listen to. Packaging two microphones in one? Well, why not?
REVIEWED: Samson QU2 Recording & Podcasting Pack
It’s been some time since we were introduced to the idea of podcasting, and with the growth of the medium so too has there been growth in the technology. There is now no reason why anyone should be recording YouTube videos, podcasts or web interviews with just the inbuilt microphone on your computer or tablet. In this day and age, when sound quality is so important, you need to use a microphone that will help ensure you are heard clearly, be it just spoken voice or for instrumental and singing uses too. With that in mind the QU2 Recording and Podcasting Pack from Samson is certainly worth considering for anyone with a limited budget that requires a high-quality audio recording.
REVIEWED: SENNHEISER EW172G3 INSTRUMENT SET
With the excitement over Sennheiser’s new Evolution D1 wireless systems causing a bit of a stir at the moment, it’s easy to overlook the systems that have made the Sennheiser Evolution Wireless series so popular over the years. Clearly, the D1 is worthy of its praise, but there’s still a very real place for the other wireless systems depending on the environment you’re working in.
REVIEWED: SAMSON STAGE XPD1 HANDHELD USB DIGITAL WIRELESS SYSTEM
Microphone cables have a lot going for them, especially if you don’t know what to do with your hands. That said, sometimes the damn things get in the way. This is equally true of the stage and the project studio. In each instance you want to minimise the number of things that can go wrong, and clutter is a big one. I can’t even count the number of times I’ve gone to lay down a song idea but got so tangled in cables during setup that I simply gave up and barked it into my iPhone instead. It’s enough to make you throw your hands up and groan ‘there has to be a better way’, like an infomercial. Well ladies and gentlemen, Samson to the rescue.
REVIEWED: AUDIO-TECHNICA ATM350A CONDENSER INSTRUMENT MICROPHONE
I do enjoy coming across a new microphones that offer better solutions to previous applications that haven’t been addressed properly before. There are plenty of microphones on the market all trying to achieve the same purpose, but it is great when a manufacturer takes a step outside the box and considers how a microphone needs to be used in practical placement when designing not only the capsule but also the housing. This is exactly what Audio-Technica have done with the ATM350a and its associated attachments. If you’re looking for a quality condenser microphone for drums, percussion and other instruments that requires precise placement and far from standard mounting, this is going to be worth a look.