Reviewed: PreSonus PX-1
To say the entry-level large diaphragm condenser market is saturated is one of the audio world’s greatest understatements, perhaps more so than an IKEA desk saying “some assembly required”. The cost of entry has never been lower. You could pick up a brand new, no-name condenser on Ebay for as little as $20. I mean, you could, but should you? Definitely not, they’re really bad. Fortunately, the team at PreSonus have stepped up to the plate, putting their research and design nous into crafting an extremely capable, extremely cost effective microphone with the bedroom engineer in mind.
Reviewed: Prodipe Dynamic Microphone Range
From the incredible fidelity of their ‘60s recordings to the groundbreaking technical advancements of the ORTF (Office de Radio diffusion Television Françoise), when it comes to the white-lab-coat school of audio engineering, the French have always been at the top of the class. The country’s strong roots in broadcast and orchestral recording have meant that France has always been one of the world’s premier exporters of audio engineering talent but, in terms of actual contributions to microphone design, they have always been somewhat overshadowed by the Austrian and German classics of yore. That is until now.
Reviewed: PreSonus PM-2 Small Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Microphones
PreSonus are a company primarily known for their range of highly successful interfaces and digital mixing consoles such as their Studio and StudioLive series. Over time we have seen the company expand further and further into the realm of monitors (with their highly acclaimed Sceptre series) and now microphones, with the PM-2 Small Diaphragm condenser marking a coming of age for the brand in this highly competitive arena.
Reviewed: beyerdynamic Team Tygr TYGR 300 R Gaming Headphones & FOX Professional USB Studio Microphone
The podcasting and live streaming booms are rapidly introducing swathes of fresh faces to the possibility of their very own audio setup. The increasing ease and accessibility of broadcasting from home has not gone unnoticed by hobbyists and emerging enthusiasts, with many now seeking quality equipment that won't break the bank for passion projects of their own. For those new to the scene who wish to jump straight into the fray, the prestigious beyerdynamic are offering an attractively uncomplicated option with their Team Tygr condenser mic and headphone package.
Reviewed: Blue Microphones Ember Studio Condenser
Blue Microphones has slowly but surely become a workhorse company that produce budget microphones of high quality. In addition to their famed Yeti series microphones designed for podcasting, streaming and broadcast, Blue Microphones produce professional grade microphones with vintage looks for studio use. The Blue Ember is one such microphone that can be used for both studio recordings as well as broadcasting or streaming.
Reviewed: Aston Stealth Microphone
Aston is a relative newcomer to pro audio and after launching the Origin a few years ago, the brand has quickly risen as a leader in affordable, workhorse microphones used by a huge range of top-level engineers and musicians. The newest addition to this range is the Aston Stealth: a robust condenser microphone with multiple voicing options that run both with and without phantom power. In the box is the Stealth itself, a cutesy little Aston logo pin and an innovatively designed mic stand clip. It took some fiddling before understanding how it works to support the weighty microphone. Aston microphones are built in Britain, and their intuitive design makes them a true workhorse that will be heard on countless records for years to come. Sincerely, they are a legend in the making.
Reviewed: Audio-Techncia AE5400 Cardioid Condenser Microphone
Audio-Technica is a company whose name brings to mind style and quality, having produced reliable, professional audio equipment since its birth in 1962. Headphones and microphones are two mainstays of the Audio-Technica line, with a massive range of top-tier professional audio equipment and budget bedroom gear behind them. To me, the AE5400 condenser is another product destined for greatness. Admittedly, the AE5400 visually and sonically reminds me of a Shure Beta 57, seemingly the blue-embroidered successor of the SM57, but with the AE5400’s additional dials to sculpt a usable, true-to-source sound. Don’t be fooled though: the AE5400 is a directional condenser with a few little additions to get a better sound at the source before any post-processing.
Reviewed: Blue Microphones Yeti Pro Studio Microphone
This is the microphone that can do it all, for musicians, podcasters, engineers, interviewers and just about anyone else. It’s a breath of fresh air to see a manufacturer focused on producing a microphone that’s ideal for beginners, yet still delivers the quality that would be expected by more advanced users. Anyone serious about audio quality and looking for ease of use should consider the Yeti Pro Studio from Blue Microphones.