Neumann KMS105 Condenser Microphone
When you think of quality and excellence in microphone design and performance, I don’t know what comes to mind for you, but for myself, I instantly think of Neumann. The German stalwart of microphone engineering, Neumann continues to deliver microphones of excellence for both studio and stage. With their history in studio microphones, it is no wonder that when they began developing microphones for the stage use that they sought to reproduce that studio quality and clarity in a different environment. Because of this, we are afforded a number of hand-held condenser microphones that surpass the expectations of many users and deliver on results time and time again. That is what the Neumann name is all about and that is just what they have delivered with the KMS105 as I discovered this month.
Shure KSM8/N Dualdyne Dynamic Microphone
One name has been at the forefront of microphone design and use in the live arena for longer than most of our readers have been alive. It’s hard to imagine any musician today not having used a Shure microphone at some point, and quite understandable why so many use them as a regular tool in their live performance rig. With the SM58 being an industry stalwart for vocal performance microphones and the BETA58 taking that sound one step further, Shure have now gone and raised the bar once again with a revolutionary new dual diaphragm design in the KSM8, the first of its kind and a bold step forward in hand-held microphone design.
Sennheiser E845 Super Cardioid Dynamic Microphone
The Evolution series of microphones from Sennheiser has always represented not only great value, but pure excellence in sound capture at the same time. There are a number of handheld dynamic vocal microphones in the range, all suited for a specific purpose and all built with performance in mind. So, it is no surprise that the Evolution E845 dynamic microphone is going to be one that will fit the needs of many singers on stages all over.
Lewitt DTP Beat Kit Pro 7
Let’s face it, buying microphones for a drum kit can be a bit of a drag. Getting them one at a time and ending up with mismatched sounds is not ideal, and then you are left with a storage issue for all these random microphones you have. That’s why the team at Lewitt have gone all out with the new DTP Beat Kit Pro 7 drum microphone kit. This essentially ensures you get everything you need in the way of drum microphones and mounts all in one handy carry case, ready for the road or studio. This is the best spec’d, well-compiled drum microphone kit I have seen in quite some time. Lewitt are really all about making an impact with their new product releases, and this one is sure to do just that.
Audio-Technica System 10 Portable Wireless Microphone
More and more we are seeing the need for portable, battery powered wireless microphone systems as so many digital cameras are giving us the ability to shoot high quality HD video just about anywhere. Because of this growing demand, Audio-Technica have come to the party with a compact, camera mounted receiver and handheld microphone in the System 10. This is the perfect addition to any DSLR, allowing wireless transmission without the need for mains power or bulky receiver units.
Lewitt MTP350CM Condenser Microphone
The Austrians have delivered yet again with this microphone design. Lewitt have really picked things up with their latest range of hand- held stage microphones and the MTP350CM condenser microphone is leading the charge is most aspects of its design and build.
LEWITT MTP250DM DYNAMIC MICROPHONE
I have had a fair few Lewitt microphones land on my desk over the last couple of years and I have to say, the ones that are coming through now seem to be a great improvement in quality. Straight out of the box and as always, I unscrew everything I can on this microphone because it’s just what I have always done. I like to see how a microphone is put together and with the Lewitt MTP250DM I am pleasantly surprised with the look and the feel both inside and out.
Sennheiser E906 Guitar Microphone
It often amazes me that so many guitarists can spend so much time and money trying to get their tone just right, whilst all the while forgetting one crucial element. The guitar, the pickups, the pedals, the amp, the speakers are all taken into consideration, often at great length and much expense. Then, they will walk out onto a stage and let just any old microphone go in front of the amp to deliver that perfect tone to the audience. I have to stop and question this logic, as I would think that if the tone was so important, maybe each and every guitarist should consider what microphone they allow to capture their sound. This is why every guitar case should have a Sennheiser e906 in it, to ensure that no matter what venue you play in, you can always complete your tone all the way to the PA system.