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Blue is famous for its largediaphragm condenser mic designs.
While the Bottle is way out of our
range, the Kiwi is an amazing multipattern solid-state mic at $3000.
ADK has a wide variety of largediaphragm condenser mics that riff
on vintage designs; one recent
favorite of ours is the Z-67 ($3000),
an homage to the classic Neumann
U 67 tube mic.
Pearlman Microphones are handmade boutique mics that hark back
to the glory days of vintage tube
designs; most are beyond the price
range of this article, but the excellent
TM1, at $1800, is an exception.
Bock Audio is famous for its very
high-end mics, but also offers the $1200 Bock
195, a solid-state mic with switchable tonal profile for greater versatility.
Speaking of switching sounds: one of the most
recent arrivals in the microphone arena is
Austrian firm Lewitt, whose LCT 940 ($1700) is
actually two mics in one, offering a choice of
real tube and solid-state sounds with the click of
a switch.
Go vintage: a ribbon mic ($300-$3000)
In recent years, there's been a huge resurgence of
interest in these microphones, for their smooth and
flattering character that's so unlike the punchiness of

most dynamics or sparkle of condensers. They generally
have a figure-8 pattern that picks up room ambience
along with whatever they're aimed at.
Ribbon mics are based around a "motor" that consists of a very thin strip of metal floating between two
magnets. Early models like the RCA Type 77A were
very fragile-a puff of air could stretch and ruin the
ribbon-but had better fidelity than the dynamic mics
of the day and were popular for recording and broadcast applications. The
oddly shaped Coles 4038 ($1350)
was a staple in the days of the Beatles
and is still being sold today with nary
a change under the hood.
The modern rebirth of the ribbon
began with the Royer Labs R-121
($1300), using a new design that
was considerably sturdier than the
old RCA ribbons. This was followed by the
R-122 ($1850 for the new MkII version),
which conquered the impedance matching
and low gain problems of traditional ribbons
by incorporating a built-in head amplifier: an
active design, which spawned dozens of imitators. Royers are everywhere now, beloved
for their low noise and extended tonal range;
they're the go-to mics for guitar amps.
Not to be left behind, the RCA designs have
been updated into a modern form thanks to Audio
Engineering Associates (AEA), with a sound that
very much harks back to the golden era of ribbon
mics. These mics include the classic R84 ($1040)


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