Can this budget tube mic match the competition?
Item: Behringer T1, Budget Studio Tube Microphone
Price: $179 £136
At A Glance: Tube microphones have been popular for recording vocals in studios for decades because of their rich and smooth sound. With the T1, Behringer has tried to create a microphone with these characteristics at a price that will appeal to home studio users. It features a hand-selected 12AX7 vacuum tube to help create a warm, vintage sound and it comes with its own dedicated power supply and cable. As an added bonus, the microphone also comes with a shock-mount, foam wind shield and carry case.
High Notes: The T1 has a cardioid pattern, which is ideal for close-up vocal recording; however it can also be used for recording acoustic instruments. There is a switchable low-frequency cut and -20 dB input attenuation that allows you to record loud sounds such as drums. On vocals, the microphone has the typical added sonic low frequency warmth that you would expect from a tube microphone. Its shock-mount works well at minimizing unwanted noise from vibrations.
Off Pitch: When compared to higher priced tube microphones, the overall sound of the T1 is less defined and the higher frequencies seem less detailed.
VoiceCouncil Reviewer Says: Overall, the microphone has an impressive performance-to-cost ratio that will no doubt make it appeal to many home users. If you already have a non-valve microphone and fancy getting something to give you a warmer sound on a budget then the Beheringer T1 could be a good option. On the other hand, if you have a larger budget there are definitely better tube microphones out there.
Manufacturer’s Website: http://www.behringer.com