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prop from the Alien films! Even more startling is how the Halo sounds. If you talk
into it without a mic in place, you hear a
tight hollow dead sound, almost as if the
Halo is drawing your voice into a vortex of
silence. It truly is a bit unsettling and weird.
When used with a microphone, you
can easily play with the distance of the
mic to find the best balance of openness
and dryness for your particular sound.
To test it out, I paired the Halo with
the most open and unforgiving mic in
my collection, a Brauner Phantom
Classic. The Phantom is one of those
mics that will highlight a bad room and
outside noise with crystal clarity if you
let it. I moved the Halo and Phantom outside my studio, into a reverberant room
with a concrete floor, and was amazed
at how well the Halo tightened up the
sound. It really does sound like it sucks
up all the air around the microphone
and creates a tight dead space, but one
that is still natural enough for intimate
vocals, voiceovers, and more.
Color me impressed! It was a marked,
very noticeable improvement over the
two other portable vocal booths I compared it to.
Now for an important caveat: the
Halo is not a magic soundproof booth.
Sounds like air conditioning, refrigerators, airplanes, and barking dogs will
still make it onto your recordings, albeit
at much lessened levels when the Halo is
positioned correctly.
I did some tests speaking into the Halo
with a loud air conditioner running in the
background. The Halo controls the sound
enough that when you are speaking, it
focuses the sound on the source, not the
background. Background noise only
becomes apparent when you stop speaking, allowing you to easily cut out or gate
the room noise in a worst-case scenario.
I also had someone play acoustic guitar a foot away on the other side of the
Halo, while another person sang.
Again, yes, the acoustic guitar will bleed
into the vocal mic, but at a controlled
level where the focus is still the voice.
Conclusion
This is one of those products that does
exactly what it sets out to do while
improving greatly on the original paradigm. I have to say, I am sold! I do
weekly podcasting and music demos in a
standard office with no treatment or
soundproofing and an obnoxious air
handler. The Halo is custom-made for
such a space, and I can't wait to hear
the results over the next few months.
Price: $299
More from: Aston Microphones,
www.astonmics.com
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