Austin, TX (September 14, 2006)–Avenson Audio will be showing their latest microphone product, the TVM (Tube Vocal Mic) at the upcoming AES show in San Francisco. Avenson Audio owner, designer and trumpeter Brad Avenson developed the microphone for renowned blues/soul signer Malford Milligan after working with Malford in the studio and on the road.
The TVM is a hand-held tube mic designed for live sound applications. The microphone capsule is a three-quarter inch cardioid design that is coupled to an amplifier that features a hand-selected military grade subminiature triode tube for low noise and high durability.
The concept for this microphone had its beginning in the studio while Brad was recording Malford’s studio record Rides Again. “We kinda settled into using tube mics because they gave his voice a certain thickness,” noted Avenson. “In between cuts Malf talked about how it would be great to have this kind of sound on stage.”
It was not just reproducing a specific studio sound live that created the TVM, but providing a level of tone quality that could be consistent from gig to gig no matter how what type of house system they encountered.
“When I was playing in one of Malf’s bands I saw the problem of going from one house sound system to another,” Avenson explained. “We saw a bunch of mediocre stuff, and some really bad systems. The mic really seemed to give Malf much more consistent tone from room to room and gave everyone a better vocal monitor mix.”
According to Avenson, the TVM is a “road worthy” mic in “every sense of the word.” Housed in a road case so that it can be packed with the rest of the gear, it provides vocalists with their own set-up for sonically consistent performances night after night. By incorporating a high output level, the TVM works well with whatever preamp it runs into on the road making it the most compatible tube vocal mic in its class.
Malford commented, “[The TVM gives me] plenty of gain through the house and the monitors and [produces] a fantastic representation of my voice. It really saved my ass on the last Storyville Reunion gig. Storyville’s stage volume is, well, one of the loudest I play with. The TVM really helps my voice cut through the mix and stand out the way it should.”
Avenson Audio will be exhibiting their full line of products including the TVM, STO-2 omni mics and Small DI as part of the Tuff Co-op (Booth #1136) at the upcoming AES show, October 6-8, in San Francisco.