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First is the HHB Flashmic (DRM85), which is built around a Sennheiser omni-directional condenser capsule. In the body of this mic is a 48kHz/16-bit digital audio recording device. It records to an internal 1GB flash memory. Linear (WAV) files or MPEG 1 Layer 2 files can be recorded and then transferred up to 90x real-time via a USB cable to a Mac or PC. Two AA batteries can power the Flashmic for six hours. This looks interesting for news or sports gathering.

And speaking of sports, AKG offers a line of professional level headsets derived from its K171 and K271 headset line. The HSC171 and HSC271 feature condenser mic elements, a flexible mic arm that will swivel through 270 degrees for use by lefties or righties, and noise-free microswitches used for mic muting.

Microphone preferences are so subjective that you should try different mics for yourself. I have provided only a few ideas about types and manufacturers. It is a good idea to audition multiple mics at the same time, hopefully in the same studio environment, so that at least some of the external factors that affect the sound will be the same for the mics under test.

Mics with a different character — whether it's their sound or their look — can go a long way toward giving your station a unique feel with listeners and a unique look for jocks and other staff.


AKG Acoustics
615-620-3800
www.akgusa.com

Audio Engineering Assoc.
626-798-9128
www.wesdooley.com

Audio-Technica
330-686-2600
www.audio-technica.com

Audix
800-966-8261
www.audixusa.com

Behringer
877-672-0816
www.behringer.com

Beyerdynamic
800-293-4463
www.beyerdynamic.com

Blue
818-879-5200
www.bluemic.com

Brauner Microphones
702-365-5155
www.braunerusa.com

Cad Professional Microphone
800-762-9266
www.cadmics.com

DPA Microphones
303-823-8878
www.dpamicrophones.com

Electro-Voice
800-392-3497
www.electrovoice.com

G Prime
212-765-3415
www.gprime.com

Heil Sound
618-257-3000
www.heilsound.com

HHB Communications
310-319-1111
www.hhbusa.com

Independent Audio
207-773-2424
www.independentaudio.com

Lawson
615-269-5542
www.lawsonmicrophones.com

Marshall Electronics
800-800-6608
www.mxlmics.com

Mojave Audio
818-847-0222
www.mojaveaudio.com

Nady Systems
621-644-4466
www.nadywireless.com

Neumann
860-434-5220
www.neumannusa.com

Pearl Microphone Lab
+46 42 58 810
www.pearl.se

PMI Audio
877-563-6335
www.pmiaudio.com

Rode
877-328-7465
www.rodemic.com

Roland
800-542-2307
www.rolandus.com

Samson Technologies
516-364-2244
www.samsontech.com

Sanken Microphones
323-845-1155
www.promediaaudio.com/sanken

Schoeps/Posthorn Recordings
212-242-3737
www.posthorn.com

SE Electronics
408-873-8606
www.seelectronics.com

Sennheiser Electronic
860-434-9190
www.sennheiserusa.com

Shure
800-25-SHURE
www.shure.com

Sony Electronics
800-686-SONY
www.sony.com/proaudio

Sound Performance Lab
805-241-5140
www.spl-usa.com

Soundelux Microphones
323-603-3228
www.transaudiogroup.com/soundelux.shtml

Studio Projects
310-323-9050
www.pmiaudio.com

Studiomaster
714-998-2102
www.studiomaster.com


Irwin is director of engineering for Clear Channel Radio Seattle.




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