I'm the moderator for this new microphone forum. For those who don't know me, here is a bit of background on what can only be described as my addiction to microphones.
It started with a drum overhead mic test in my bedroom studio. I recorded myself for a minute with each of two different pairs of overhead mics. The difference was remarkable. The second set of mics sounded so much better -- bigger sound stage, deeper, brighter, glossier... What blew me away was the ease of the upgrade. That is, the drums hadn't changed. The room hadn't changed. I certainly hadn't suddenly become a better player. All I'd done was swap from one pair of microphones to another -- and that made a visceral improvement to my recorded tracks. I was instantly hooked.
I had to know more. I wanted to know about every microphone on the market, so I could make informed purchase decisions. I wanted to know how all those other microphones sounded. I wanted to know how they worked. And I wanted to write all this down in a way I'd be able to access.
So, I built a website called RecordingHacks.com. That gave me an excuse to spend most of the next 5 years analysing and writing about microphones. I wrote mic reviews, "shootouts," (never loved that term, but never found a better one) and even some lab testing on mics from every company you can name. The canonical example of that insanity was the "The $60,000 Ribbon Mic Shootout
," during which three engineers and five artists spent a week testing 30 different models of ribbon mic from 17 different companies. All the audio is online for everyone to hear. There were many smaller-scale reviews as well. I tried to test mics on multiple sources, recognizing that any single source won't paint a complete picture of any microphone's real-world performance.
After spending years figuring out what made other people's mics sound good (or, too often, not so good!), I channeled my energy into making DIY upgrades for inexpensive condensers. The result of that effort was a company called MicParts, which evolved from making upgrade kits to making full microphone kits and even custom-built microphones. Some of those DIY products were really successful; I started receiving more requests for completed microphones than we could handle. This demonstrated a need within the admittedly saturated microphone industry for the sorts of microphones I'd been imagining. That led me to create Roswell Pro Audio, which draws on the R&D work we've done for MicParts, but expands and upgrades those designs, adds great accessories, warranty, marketing, etc.
So, anyway, I know a bit about microphones.
And I love talking about them. That's what this forum is for -- Q&A, advice and recommendations, how to mic certain sources, how NOT to, studio stories, and so on.
Please use this Introductions thread to introduce yourselves and say hello. I am looking forward to meeting everyone and learning from you all too!