Review: Digital Reference DRV100 Live Vocal Microphone

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Are you looking for a mic to get your started on the gig scene?

Item: Digital Reference DRV100 Dynamic Cardioid Handheld Mic

Price: $49.99(US), NA (UK/EU)

Mic Rating: 3.5/5
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At A Glance: The Digital Reference DRV100 is an extremely low-cost handheld dynamic microphone for live vocals. It is manufactured in China to keep costs low and has features that are typically found on more expensive microphones such as an all-metal body with rugged grill and gold-plated XLR socket. As well as feeling like it is built to last, impressively the microphone comes with a 10 year warranty. The DRV100 has a frequency response that has been tailored for live vocals (50Hz-15kHz) and comes with a microphone stand clip.

High Notes: The DRV100 has a high output level so that you get a clear and strong signal into you mixing desk without needing large amount of gain on your preamp. Its cardioid polar pattern does a good job at stopping unwanted sound being picked up as well as making it easy to get a good monitor level on stage before feedback occurs. On vocals, the sound is clear and articulate. It responds well to EQ and has a subtle high frequency boost to help singers cut through the mix.

Off Pitch: The DRV100 feels fairly small when compared to other microphones. Although handling noise and plosive rejection is acceptable; it is bettered by more premium microphones. Currently the microphone is only available in America, so European customers are probably better off looking elsewhere due to shipping costs.

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VoiceCouncil Reviewer Says: Although the DRV100 is impressive for its price, you do not need to spend much more to get a better sounding microphone from other manufacturers or even Digital Reference‚Äôs own DRV200 mic. That being said, the sound is certainly useable and the mic does feel like it is built to last. If you just want a cheap mic to get you started the DRV100 will certainly do the job. One particularly good application for the mic could be for use with backing singers in a band as it is often a waste of money to spend hundreds on a premium mic for each backing singer when the backing singers levels are fairly low in the mix in comparison to lead singer’s vocals.

Manufacturer’s Website: http://www.digital-reference.com

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