Foxboro, MA (September 20, 2005)–German microphone manufacturer Horch will be participating in its first U.S. AES show in New York City this October, exhibiting at Booth #1145. Horch will be showing a new microphone, the RM3, as well as its premier microphone the RMJ2.
According to Horch, the RM2J and RM3 are the culmination of almost of decade of development. Eight years ago, five microphones were built and loaned to some the company’s recording brethren, employed for their recording projects. With positive feedback from the original five microphones, Horch designers were inspired to build ten more microphones. The new batch of ten sold very quickly to well known German musicians and recording studios. This led to the official 2003 birth of the company. Horch Microphones.
Producer David Khane (Strokes, Paul McCartney) recently purchased an RM2J. “I’ve been using the Horch RMJ2 for about a month now, and it’s great. I always try a U-47 on vocals because I like the close warmth and definition, and the Horch got me everything I wanted from the U-47. And it seems more transparent when I use it as a room mic. This mic fills one of the holes in the shrinking vintage mic world.”
Horch microphones are designed by Jack Breyer and Gibbs Platen. Gibbs Platen is an accomplished German recording engineer with over 2,000 credits, mostly in the Jazz field. Such names as Freddy Hubbart, Chet Baker and John Scofield have recorded with Platen, and he has done live recordings with artists like Peter Gabriel, Bryan Ferry, John McLaughlin, and Chick Corea to name but a few.
The Horch philosophy stems from the fundamental understanding of the microphone as a technical implementation of human listening. This philosophy is represented in all aspects of research and development of Horch tube microphone systems and is especially evident in their first offering, the RMJ2.
According to Horch, its RM2J microphone is a “supremely crafted tube mic in the tradition of the famous microphones of the 1950’s and 1960’s.” Hand-built, the RM2J features a custom-designed high headroom output transformer, and a specially made 4µm large diaphragm capsule.
Horch, located in the “High Tech” Stuttgart region of Germany, has chosen Boston’s Mercenary Audio as their exclusive North American dealer.