My friends Matthew McglynnRyan Canestro, and Randy Coppinger spent a good amount of time with a LOT of expensive microphones creating The $60,000 Ribbon Mic Shootout for 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


It’s no secret that I think JZ Microphones are some of the best around. My affinity for their mics started with a review of their DMK1 drum micing system that I did for I asked my friend and colleague, Matt Forger (Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones) to lend a hand (and ears) to test out these unique sounding and looking microphones.

We did some mic shootouts with other microphones (Neumann KM 140, AKG C451C, AKG C460B, and Studio Projects C1) and were surprised and pleased with the results. I was so impressed that I had to buy them.  Besides sounding great, they have a distinguishing look all their own, and clients in the studio ask about them often.



Over the years I’ve used them on a variety of sources, and they sound especially great on acoustic guitars, horns, classical harp, and low end percussion (cajon, djembe, congas, etc…). Lately, they have become my tom mic of choice.

Read the full DMK1 review with sound clips at


Over at there’s a great looking page aggregating all of my microphone reviews, microphone shootouts and more:

My love of JZ microphones began with those mic reviews. Outstanding mcs!



Thank you!