My friends Matthew Mcglynn, Ryan Canestro, and Randy Coppinger spent a good amount of time with a LOT of expensive microphones creating The $60,000 Ribbon Mic Shootout for recordinghacks.com. It’s an extensive review covering AEA, Audio-Technica, BLUE, Cascade, Cloud, Coles, Royer Labs, Samar Audio, sE Electronics, ShinyBox, Shure, and Sontronics mics on a variety of recorded sources.
I hosted part of the shootout at my recording studio where we some testing on the mics as drum overheads. I played a simple drum groove multiple times through the various pairs of ribbon mics to see how they sounded and reveal the differences. This part of the review can be found here. There are recorded examples to listen to, and there’s an option to download the high resolution files for your own inspection.
We all share a love for the art of recording and engineering, and mic shootouts like this are a great way to compare differences between microphones. It’s also a good excuse to get friends together and geek out on drool worthy gear