In a short couple of hours this morning, I saw some very interesting mics at the show. Blue was showing their new wooden-body ribbon mic called the Woodpecker while Sennheiser had the 602II, an update on the original which is better optimized for kick drum. Sister company Neumann showed their digital KM184 D that features switchable capsules and makes the A to D jump right after the capsule. SE Electronics had a new smaller version of their Reflexion Filter and some great mics they wouldn’t let me talk about. However, I can say that you’ve never seen anything like it.
Archive of the Mics and Monitors Category
Drum hits that is. In a collaboration with Dave Kerzner and Sonic Reality, the famed producer/engineer and owner of Ocean Way Studios has taken some of the world’s greatest drummers and put them in his legendary Studio B (home to hits from Green Day, Radiohead, Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton and the like), with his world-class collection of mics. Then he and producer Steven Miller captured the best snares, kicks, toms, hats and cymbals using a multimic technique in a big room. The result, at least what we heard on the show floor, is icredibly deep and spatial. Ocean Way Drums, the product, is available with individual presets or submixes, all at 24-bit/96 or 24/48. But wait! There’s more! Allen is also making his unique monitoring mains, developed over the last 30 years, available for purchase through GC Pro. We’ve heard them in his rooms; nothing else like it. And the price? Well, if you have to ask…
I wrote yesterday about the high end being well represented in the monitor field, but there’s also some very cool monitors in the more affordable arena. M-Audio has some new desktop powered speakers in the slick-looking Studiophile AV 20′s at $129 and the larger AV 40′s for $199. Bringing up the bottom, Event Electronics has a new 100 Watt, 8″ sub with an on off footswitch. I just talked to Nasvhille engineer Michael Wagener who has a product. It’s a DI/Reamper that will be on tonite’s Podcast.
Sometimes the simplest thing can float your product boat. Wayne Freeman at MXL mics has a very cool little accessory coming out in March that will let you plug any mic, dynamic or condenser, into a computer’s USB port. I’m still unclear on the concept of who would buy a USB mic anyway, but Wayne set me straight. Students, anyone recording into a computer on the go and Podcasters are the target audience. MXL has patents pending on the technology that will provide clean phantom power to a mic in such a portable situation.
Another cool accessory came out of the M-Audio booth. They have three new bags, one for the Microtrack that will let you hook up an external mic and leave the recorder out of harm’s way. Speaking of which, Sony has a new attachment for the PCM-D1 that will let you use any mic with the mighty-mite of portable recorders. By the way, it’s the same recorder I’m using for the Mix NAMM 07 Podcasts. I’ll be putting Day 1 up online tonight after tonite’s show, so be sure to check it out.