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Earthworks SV33
Not just for voice

Since at its core the SV33 is an Earthworks mic, I used it on the 12th fret of a
Martin acoustic guitar, on the front of a
cajon, and on bass drum. Each instance
proved that the SV33 is not just adept at
vocals. It handled all of the above with
the realism and clarity that is synonymous
with the Earthworks name.

After my tracking sessions, I did
some more tests on proximity effect and
off-axis behavior. I confirmed that while
the SV33 does have a touch of proximity effect, it's well-controlled and nicely
rounded. The SV33 doesn't get boomy
or muddy when "eating the mic," and
levels out quickly at 2-3 inches.
Beyond that distance, the boost in the

low end has already fallen away; the
mic sounds the same at 3 inches, 3
feet, and 6 feet, only quieter. This also
applies to off-axis tonality; again, the
lows gently fall away while mids and
highs retain their sound.

Conclusion

Since this is an Earthworks mic, a few
things need to be understood. This is a
mic that is focused, clear, and honest. It
is not vibey, it does not add character
or grit, and it's very much a mic that
gives back what it gets.
Having said that, everything about
this mic is pleasing to the ear. Despite
a 33 kHz high end capture, there is no
treble bite or hype to the mic, just clarity.
I was actually surprised that it was not
as bright as my Brauner Phantom!
The SV33 is a serious investment, but
it sonically held its own with every other
solid-state vocal mic of similar price in
my collection. In many instances, its
tight precision and focus gave it a serious
edge. This mic is not just for studio
vocalists-I can see it making a serious
dent in soundstage and film dialog
work as well.
It may sound like I am over the moon
with this mic... and I am. It's uniquely
gorgeous, a true work of art from the
folks at Earthworks.

PRICE: $2399
MORE FROM: Earthworks,
www.earthworksaudio.com

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