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New Mics and Other Gear for Vocalists 2017

Namm 2017

 Here’s our review of things singers might want from Winter NAMM 2017, Part 2!

rolandmixerRoland Go:Mixer
The Roland GO:MIXER is an audio mixer for smart-phones. This compact device is designed to make it easy to perform, mix audio and record video simultaneously. The GO:MIXER has inputs to connect a mic, musical instruments, and media players that you can capture and mix together live while you shoot. roland.com

c636AKG C636
AKG has announced their C636 “reference” handheld condenser microphone. Based around their acclaimed C535 microphone, the C636 is designed for professional singers looking for studio quality on stage. In has a custom-tuned capsule with hand-selected components, and is engineered to reject feedback, handling noise and pop noise. akg.com

tm280Tascam TM-180 and TM-280
Tascam have expanded their range of low-cost studio microphones, including the TM-180 and TM-280 large-diaphragm cardioid condenser mics. Both mics are designed to be good choices for voice and instruments, however its more premium components and an integrated pop filter make the TM-280 especially well suited for vocal recording. Suggested retail price on the mics is $149.99 (TM-180) and $249.99 (TM-280). tascam.com

xs1Sennheiser XS Wireless 1 and XS Wireless 2
The XS Wireless 1 and 2 systems are to replace Sennheiser’s current XS Wireless systems in the second quarter of 2017. The entry-level XS Wireless 1 an “all-in-one” wireless series that allows singers, presenters and instrumentalists to operate up to 10 systems simultaneously. The XS Wireless 2 shares many of the same features (and compatibility) but adds metal housing, rack-mount connections, up to 8 banks of 12 channels, and increased options over the frequency settings. sennheiser.com

irigIK Multimedia’s iRig Pro I/O
The new iRig Pro I/O is a pocket-sized mobile personal recording studio interface designed to work with all platforms. It features a mic input, 1/4″ Hi-Z input, MIDI input/output, stereo headphone output, and a huge software bundle “worth over $/€550” (including AmpliTube, SampleTank 3 SE, T-RackS Deluxe with Mic Room). It has 24-bit A/D and D/A converters that operate up to a 96kHz sample rate and you can even supply 48V of phantom power to the XLR jack for use with condenser mics.ikmultimedia.com

interviewerLewitt Audio INTERVIEWER, LCT 440 PURE, and LCT 240 PRO
Lewitt have announced 3 new mics including their first omnidirectional dynamic mic: The Interviewer. In addition to this they will soon be bringing out two low-cost large-diaphragm studio condenser mics: The LCT 440 PURE, and LCT 240 PRO. These are both competitively priced at $269 for the 440 Pure (including shock mount, magnetic pop filter, windscreen, and mic bag) and $149 for the 240 Pro. The Interviewer has a suggested price of $199. lewitt-audio

Check out PART 1 of our 2017 NAMM coverage for more new gear!