Ashland, MA (June 1, 2005)–Crowley and Tripp Microphones introduces the Studio Vocalist, a new full size, professional ribbon microphone. Hand-crafted and tuned in the U.S., using only the finest materials, the Studio Vocalist has been rigorously tested by experienced engineers, producers, and artists.
According to Crowley and Tripp, no other natural ribbon microphone has the sound or the output level of the Studio Vocalist, which has a higher output than most popular dynamic microphones. This new level of efficiency in design and performance is made possible by the Crowley and Tripp custom designed ribbon motor. The Studio Vocalist is now in full production and can be purchased directly from Crowley and Tripp’s lab.
The internal motor is the heart of a ribbon microphone as it is the moving part that converts the music into a recordable signal. The Studio Vocalist motor tailors bass response without attenuating the overall output using a proprietary damping and matching system that produces a frequency response that sounds full in the low and midrange, providing great presence on amplifier cabinets. In addition, Crowley and Tripp have custom designed an impedance-matched ribbon assembly so the microphone achieves an accurate high range response, which is ideal for capturing fast transients in vocals, acoustic instruments, and concert halls.
“We allocated substantial research hours to qualifying our custom transformer for the Studio Vocalist,” said Bob Crowley, “then we went to work developing a rigid, double shielded transformer housing to tighten bass response, eliminate resonance, and maximize overall output. We then mount that housing 90 degrees to the long axis of the microphone. This greatly reduces radio frequency and magnetic interference.”
Crowley and Tripp’s Studio Vocalist is neither a reissue design, nor a tribute to a vintage ribbon model. It is an all-new ribbon mic said to combine the best qualities of modern dynamic and classic ribbon microphones with solid, proven techniques in transducer engineering. “One of our primary goals in developing the Studio Vocalist was to raise the bar for microphone build quality,” said Hugh Tripp. “We have drawn upon our expertise in quality control for medical device manufacturing to develop a day in day out kind of workhorse for our customers”. Housed in a durable stainless steel body, the Studio Vocalist has a solid look and feel that extends to the precision machined, hand assembled inner workings of the microphone. Solid silver block contacts, hefty point to point wiring, and extensive quality control at every step are all part of Crowley and Tripp’s commitment to manufacturing excellence. The Studio Vocalist is engineered and hand-built by “people dedicated to excellence” at the Ashland, MA-based Soundwave Research Laboratories.
The Studio Vocalist is currently available for sale directly from the Crowley and Tripp lab at an introductory price of $1395. For more information or to purchase, visit
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