Live - Microphones


Review: Mackie Reach Portable PA System

Date: 11/25/2015

Strother Bullins. Just one Reach enclosure will deliver main and dual stage monitor duties and much more.  MORE


Date: 11/10/2015

Electret shotgun microphones—such as beyerdynamic’s MCE 86 II ($379 street), reviewed here—are small diaphragm condensers, yet ones with key design features making them the only choice for some recording and sound reinforcement tasks.  MORE


Date: 11/10/2015

In my review-based pursuits, I’ve auditioned most portable PAs (PPAs) currently available in the marketplace: many great ones, some very portable ones, some not-so-portable ones and a lot that fall somewhere within those ideals.  MORE

Review: Electro-Voice EKX Series Loudspeakers

Date: 11/04/2015

Strother Bullins. EKX offers powerful-yet-efficient performance, simple DSP, road-worthy construction, and great value.  MORE

Review: beyer MCE 86 II Electret Condenser Shotgun Microphone

Date: 10/06/2015

A shotgun microphone is simply a tool worth having in any “workhorse” microphone collection, and the MCE 86 II is an ideal specimen.  MORE

Review: Mackie Freeplay Personal PA

Date: 09/22/2015

By Strother Bullins. The quick scoop? FreePlay is my favorite boom box, ever.  MORE

Review: Yamaha TF Series

Date: 09/08/2015

Touch-centric with an intuitive proprietary OS, the TF is capable yet easy.  MORE

Review: Hammond USA Leslie Studio 12 Cabinet

Date: 08/31/2015

Rob Tavaglione reviews the portable, good-sounding Studio 12 cabinet.  MORE

Review: Avalon V5 Preamplifier/DI/Re-amping Box

Date: 08/26/2015

Rob Tavaglione. The V5 boasts incredibly wide tonal versatility.  MORE

Review: Blue Hummingbird Small Diaphragm Condenser Microphone

Date: 08/25/2015

Blue's 180-degree pivoting capsule SDC "sounds fantastic, feels expensive."  MORE

Shure ULX-D Digital Wireless Now In 900 MHz

Date: 08/20/2015

ULX-D wireless is now additionally available in a 900 MHz package.  MORE

Review: Radial Engineering Firefly Tube Direct Box

Date: 08/07/2015

The Firefly starts with Class A electronics and a “zero negative feedback” design feeding a 12AX7 tube  MORE

Review: Audio-Technica System 10 PRO 2.4 GHz Wireless System

Date: 07/16/2015

Strother Bullins. A-T’s latest 2.4 GHz wireless rig is a boon for budget-conscious audio pros and DIY live sound folks.  MORE

Review: X-Clip Dual Microphone Holder

Date: 07/09/2015

Rob Tavaglione. No more gaffer's tape! X-Clip ideally holds an SM57 and SDC.  MORE

Review: Sennheiser MK 8 Multipattern LDC Mic

Date: 07/07/2015

by Strother Bullins. The studio realm of pro audio product marketing tends to nurture “champagne wishes and caviar dreams.” Microphone-wise, the multi-pattern large diaphragm condenser (LDC) is often a focus in aspirational studio glamour shots— mostly because it’s a key, useful tool and partly because it’s generally one of the priciest items in a pro’s kit. Recognizing both the needs and desires of both savvy self-financed recordists and budget-minded pros, Sennheiser’s MK Series has recently expanded to two models, offering the taste, vibe and features of high-end LDCs at very reasonable prices.  MORE

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