Microphone Shootout 2005

Drum Microphones

Drum Microphones

Piano Microphones

Piano Microphones

Tube & Condenser Microphones

Tube & Condenser Microphones

Testing Methods

Have you ever read a bad review on a microphone? Sound can be very subjective, especially when you add in price levels of performance. What is considered a great microphone in the < $200 range can be thought of as a piece of junk compared to the $4000 range. We have seen the opposite too. During a microphone shootout, our opinion of a $400 microphone blew away a $2000 tube microphone. It was directly related to the sound we were looking for, and the $2000 tube did not deliver. We have also seen certain microphones sound great on one person's voice and no one else's. Such a microphone is priceless to that vocalist and worthless to others.

In our evaluations, we try to give some realistic guidance based on price, Application, and Sound. If you notice, we do not include Quality in our categories. Some people consider the three categories to be the make up of Quality. Quality is the end result of a manufactured product that meets the original design specs and has no bearing on price, sound differences, and specifications compared to other microphones.

We have provided multiple MP3's of recordings made with these microphones. Attention to detail was taken in the recording process to make sure the end result did not give false impressions to the listener. Read each test for more detail on the process. Enjoy!