New Arrivals For January

The turning of the year can be a great time to hunt for new (to you) guitar gear. The second hand market is normally flooded with folks who are moving on gear they no longer want – or sadly can no longer afford to keep. And there’s Winter NAMM, where brands large and small drop announce new products.

I’ve been lucky enough to pick up some stuff that I’m interested in, and I thought I’d share it with you. Some of it is new to me, and some of it is me taking a second look at things I’ve had before but didn’t gel with. And there’s a few very special items too.

I’m going to do full articles on each of them, once I’ve had a bit of time with them. For now, here’s the very first impressions for you.

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Top 5 Microphones For Singers

Over on their YouTube channel, mega-European retailers Thomann have taken a look at 5 great dynamic microphones for singers.

Here’s the list of the microphones covered:

  1. Audix OM-7
  2. Audio-Technica AE 6100
  3. The T-Bone MB85 Beta
  4. Sennheiser E945
  5. Shure SM58

You get to hear both talking and singing through each microphone. Very cool.

Please head over to YouTube to leave a like and a supportive comment if you enjoy Thomann’s video.

Recording Drums In The Middle Of Slate HQ

For those of us recording at home, drums are a major challenge. We just don’t have the space, nor enough mics to do it justice, nor a great-sounding live room to capture it all in. It’s no surprise that drums went digital first.

So this video from Steven Slate really grabbed my attention tonight. He starts by setting up a drum kit in the middle of the office, and mics it up with only 3 mics. See what he manages to achieve from that.

This has to be one of the better showcases for modelling microphones that I’ve seen so far. I get the whole thing with them and vocals – and I have a small collection of vocal mics because there’s no such thing as one mic suits everyone – but somehow, watching Steven using different models to bring the drum recording to life really turned me on to just how much can be done with modelling today.

Please head over to YouTube to leave a like and a supporting comment if you enjoyed Steven’s video.