New Blue Yeti Mic The “Ultimate USB Microphone”

blue-yeti-thx-usb-microphoneBlue Microphones has introduced Yeti, the first THX Certified microphone and, according to the company, the “ultimate USB microphone for professional recording.”

Yeti Features:

  • The first USB mic to offer Blue’s condenser capsules in a  triple capsule array for the highest quality, most versatile audio recording capability
  • Four patterns (Omni, Cardioid, Stereo, Bidirectional) for  versatility and superior results
  • THX certification
  • Studio quality performance and features, with zero latency, amplified headphone monitoring, microphone mute, and hardware-based gain adjustment
  • Driverless installation and works with both PC and Mac.
  • The Yeti’s angle can be adjusted on its custom-designed desk stand.

The Yeti microphone is designed to offer quality recordings in a wide range of situations, including podcasts, vocals, live or event recording, interviews, broadcasts, instruments, bands and more.

“THX testing and certification ensures the fidelity of the recording always remains true to its source” according to Matthew Chrispen, director of certification at THX, “allowing artists to accurately capture voice-overs, interviews and other sound elements with confidence.”

The Yeti, MSRP $149.99, will be available beginning December 2009.

If you’ve used the Yeti microphone, leave a comment with your thoughts on it!

Shure Microphone Survives Insane, Sadistic Torture Tests

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Shure SM58 & SM57 mics have a reputation for being reliable to the point of being indestructible. 

Mats Stålbröst, editor of the Stockholm-based Studio, took that as a challenge and subjected a SM58 to a year of sadistic torture.

And here it is in all its awesome glory. 

He used the SM58 mic to hammer nails, dropped it from heights, submerged it in water, drove a car over it and nuked it.

And the thing still worked. 

So they buried it underground for a year. Continue reading

MXL USB.009-24 Condenser Mic

MXL USB.009-24 Condenser MicNAMM Show Update: MXL Microphones introduced a new USB mic – the USB.009-24 cardioid condenser microphone.

The MXL USB.009-24 features 24-bit A/D and D/A converters with up to 96 kHz recording capability. They recommend the mic for home recording, podcasting, as well as adding dialog to business presentations and other multimedia projects. They also recommend the mic for re-recording voice tracks to accompany video shot in the field.

Compatible with both USB 2.0 high speed and USB 1.1 protocols, the MXL USB.009-24 is a plug and play device.

The MXL USB.009-24 ships with a desktop microphone stand, a mounting clip, a flight case, cleaning cloth, one USB cable, an owner’s manual and an applications guide.

The MXL USB.009-24 carries a MAP of $399.95. The product is expected to be available Spring of 2008. Continue reading

Audio-Technica Intros Stereo Shotgun Microphones

Audio-Technica Debuts Two New Stereo Shotgun Microphones

Audio-Technica has introduced a couple of stereo shotgun microphones aimed at the high-end broadcast and production environment.

The new BP4027 and BP4029 Stereo Shotgun models are based on models that A-T originally developed for the Sydney Olympics in 2000. Designed for broadcasters, sound recordists and videographers, these phantom-powered models feature independent line-cardioid and figure-of-eight elements configured in an M-S (Mid-Side) arrangement. Each provides a switch-selectable internal matrixing system offering a selection of wide and narrow stereo (L/R) output or M-S output. A switchable low frequency roll-off filter helps minimize the pickup of unwanted low frequency noise. The models differ from one another primarily in length (BP4027 15″ long and BP4029 9″ long); they both feature a lightweight rugged design, ideal for on-camera use. Continue reading

Brauner Debuts Phanthera Studio Microphone

Phantera MicThe Brauner product family was extended by another top-class microphone at this year’s Prolight+Sound trade show, with the Phanthera mic.

Description:

Not only the name Phanthera relates to the big wild cats. It appears dynamic, powerful, ductile and charming. It is hard to put its sonic character into simple words. Therefore Brauner emphatically recommends prospective buyers give the Phanthera a serious try within their well-known studio environment.

All microphones are entirely manufactured in Germany.

Technical Data:

  • Acoustical Principle pressure gradient transducer
  • Equivalent Noise 11 dB A (IEC651)
  • Signal to Noise 83 dB (1Pa/1KHz-Cardioid)
  • Sensitivity 33mV/Pa-Cardioid
  • Polar Pattern Cardioid
  • Frequency Range 20 Hz-22 KHz
  • Circuit Design Solid State ( FET )
  • Maximum SPL 142 dB SPL @ 0.3 % THD
  • Power Supply 48V Phantom Power
  • Accessories Suspension, aluminium case, Vovox Sound Conductor

MXL Introduces Low-Noise USB Condenser Broadcast Mic

Marshall Electronics has introduced the MXL USB.008, a low noise USB large gold diaphragm cardioid condenser mic for the broadcast industry.

The mic uses low noise electronics and the latest in enhanced digital conversion techniques for pristine audio quality. The mic uses MOGAMI cable for the internal analog wiring to bring out the maximum definition.

The MXL USB.008 ships with a rugged tote bag, a desktop mic stand, mic stand adaptor, a 10-foot USB cable, wind screen, owners manual and an applications guide. The MXL USB.008 carries an MSRP of $199.00 and is now shipping. A stereo version will also be available.

Nady Introduces USB-24M Professional Dynamic USB Microphone

Nady Microphone USBNady Systems has introduced a new USB microphone—the USB-24M. The mic connects directly into any computer with a USB 2.0 (or higher) input port for plug-and-play operation with most DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) software.

The USB-24M is designed for recording vocal tracks or voice-overs on your computer or for online communication. The mic features a dynamic neodymium element with cardioid pick-up, and the AD converter has 24-bit, 96KHz sampling rate. The mic features a heavy gauge mesh grill and sturdy construction.

The USB-24M is shipping now and lists for $69.95.

MXL Ships MXL.008 USB Cardioid Condenser Microphone

MXL.008 USB Cardioid Condenser MicrophoneMXL Microphones is shipping the MXL.008 USB / Cardioid Condenser Microphone.

The new MXL.008 features a large diaphragm that delivers a big, rich sound characteristic of studio and broadcast microphones. Unlike most studio condenser microphones, however, the MXL.008 is a USB (Universal Serial Bus) instrument that connects directly to a computer without the need for external mic preamps.

Featuring support for USB 1.1 and 2.0, this easy-to-use microphone includes gain adjustment settings via the built-in three position attenuation switch.

As a plug and play device for both Windows and Macintosh, it requires no special drivers whatsoever. Simply connect the microphone’s USB cable to a computer’s USB port, and installation is quick and effortless. In addition to recording instruments or voice for home recording applications, the new MXL.008 is ideal for podcasting or adding dialog to presentations and other multimedia projects. It is also capable of opening new possibilities for radio and news broadcasters and for location recording.

Unlike electrets or dynamic microphones typically used for computer work, the MXL.008 has an extremely smooth, natural sound typical of what one would hear on a professionally produced CD or radio show. The MXL USB.008 is a professional, large capsule (35 mm) pressure-gradient condenser studio microphone featuring a 20 Hz-20 kHz frequency response, plus a 3-position, switchable attenuation pad with settings for Hi (0 dB), Medium (-5 dB), and Lo (-10 dB), making it easy to configure the microphone to virtually any sound source. The digital section of the microphone features a 16-bit Delta Sigma A/D converter with a sampling rate of 44.1 kHz and 48 kHz. Protecting the instrument’s capsule is a heavy-duty wire mesh grill with an integrated pop filter.

In addition to the protective grill that guards the microphone’s capsule, the new MXL.008 ships with a travel case, a desktop microphone stand, a 10-foot USB cable, windscreen, an owner’s manual, and an applications guide.

The MXL.008 USB / Cardioid Condenser Microphone carries an MSRP of $199.00 and is available now.