VoiceCouncil brings you the microphone highlights from the 2012 Summer NAMM trade show.
NAMM is one of the largest music product trade shows of the year and a prime opportunity for manufactures to show off their latest products. Going though some of the thousands of new and exciting products on display we have brought to you our top selection of microphones. You’ll notice that we’ve only included prices on some of these items – others aren’t quite ready to hit the market. We hope to get the chance to review of some of these new and exciting products in the near future.
Telefunken M80 Custom Wood Series Mics
Telefunken have announced a new range of finishes for their popular M80 hand-held dynamic microphone. The mic is now available in a limited edition run with an Oak or a Cherry finish to give it that extra “wow factor” on stage. The wooden versions are expected to retail for around $299 as opposed to $199 for the regular microhrophone
Ear Trumpet Labs Custom Live Condenser Mics
Fancy something a bit different on stage? Ear Trumpet Labs are a company than makes live condenser microphones out of old common hardware objects such as bicycle gear-housings and chain rings. Many of their models are designed for vocalists and their unique look will definitely attract attention on stage. Prices start at $499.
MXL LSM7 & LSM5 – Low-Cost Live Microphones
MXL are well known for their Chinese-made studio microphones, however they have been showing off their range of dynamic live microphones. The LSM5 incorporates a high-end boost for clear, crisp stage vocals whereas the LSM7 provides a warmer tone that is suited to broadcast and voiceovers. Impressively the LSM5 cost only around $30 and the LSM7 $50.
Behringer UltraLink Wireless Mics
Behringer will soon be releasing a range of budget wireless microphones. The ULTRALINK ULM100USB & ULM200USB are unusual because they use a USB stick for the receiver that plugs directly into some of Behringer’s mixing desks or active speakers. They operate using a similar frequency range to WiFi in order to minimise interference and the USB sticks can also be plugged into a computer to enable wireless recording directly into your DAW software.
Sony DWD Digital Wireless Systems
Sony introduced two new digital wireless systems at Summer NAMM 2012 – one for singers and one for guitarists. The vocal package includes a half-rack sized receiver and a hand-held wireless microphone that supports interchangeable capsules. The microphone comes shipped with a cardioid dynamic capsule from Sony and this can be changed with several 3rd-party capsules to alter the sound of the microphone to best suit your voice.
MXL Genesis FET Microphones
MXL have shown off a prototype of a new variant on their flagship studio microphone. The Genesis FET is a solid-state version of their Genesis II tube microphone and incorporates a FET transformer to alter the sonic characteristics of the large diaphragm condenser microphone.
Telefunken have also announced a new live microphone. The M81 is billed as a great alternative for vocals that do not benefit from the high-end response of the M80. Its flatter frequency response when compared to the M80 makes it a good general purpose microphone which and should also work well on sources such as guitar cabinets and hand percussion. (The M81 will retail for around $199)
CAD Stage Pass Wireless Systems
CAD has announced a range of wireless systems for mics, body-packs, instruments, headsets & lavalier setups. The hand-held variant (The WX1200) is expected to sell for around $199.
About The Author:
Chris Kennedy is the principle product reviewer for VoiceCouncil Magazine. He is also a singer-songwriter and composer, performing and writing in a range of styles from rock to jazz. Chris has released several albums as a solo artist and with his group The New Inventions. When he isn’t performing live, Chris also works as a live sound engineer and writes and records film music in his studio. You can find more about him on his website: http://www.chriskennedymusic.co.uk