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
Any day that I get a call from Roy Burns is always a great day. I’ve known Roy for many years first as a teacher, which turned into a mentor, which later turned into a friend.
On this occasion, he called to let me know that some footage of his drumming with The Benny Goodman Orchestra had surfaced on YouTube. This is a rare treat since this was from an age before everyone was recording concerts with smart phones.
The song is “Sing, Sing, Sing” recorded at the World’s Fair in 1958. Roy was in his early 20s at the time and his drumming is spectacular!
Every time I hear the name Harold Budd, my mind starts playing the dreamy Major 7 themed song “The Plateaux Of Mirror” that he wrote and recorded with Brian Eno. That album (with the same name) remains an all time favorite. He sometimes gets lumped into the ‘new age’ category, but if pressed to use a category, I would suggest using ‘ambient’ or ‘landscape’ music.
Here’s a recent interview with Harold Budd where he claims “I’m So Minimal, I’m Not Even Minimalist!“:
Some behind the scenes images from one of my all time favorite albums. Click on the link or images for more. Thank you Larry Fast.
PETER GABRIEL 4 “SECURITY” (album 1981, tour 1982-1983)