AKG P220 Condenser Microphone Review

Today we're looking at another microphone from AKG's 20 series microphones, the AKG P220.

For this review, I have the mic connected directly to the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 2nd gen, with the gain set at 12:30. I have done no post processing on the audio, it is all raw, but the audio was slightly boosted in final cut pro X to simply make the audio easier to listen to.

If you are interested in this microphone, it will set you back $150.00 on Amazon

What's In the Box

  1. Hardshell Storage Box
  2. Microphone
  3. Shockmount (Includes: 5/8" & 3/8" adapter)
  4. Extra shock mount eleastic bands

Specifications

  1. Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz
  2. Polar Pattern: Cardioid
  3. Sensitivity: ~-34dB
  4. Max SPL: 135 / 155dB
  5. Equivalent Noise: 16dBA
  6. Impedance: 200-ohms
  7. Power Requirement: +48v +/- 4v

Performance / Features

The build quality of this mic feels awesome. It has an all metal body that feels very robust in your hand, coming in at over 1 pound. The grill also feels very sturdy and does not bend when squeezed with fingers. On the front you have two switches, a high pass filter, which rolls off frequencies at 300Hz at 12dB/octave, and a -20dB pad.

The frequency response is listed as 20Hz - 20kHz. Unlike most microphones, this does not have a natural roll off in the low frequencies. Instead it has a minor dip around 150 hz and a boost from 150 down to 500Hz peaking at +4dB, which is then rolled off at 50Hz and down.  The mids are very flat from 100Hz -  4.5kHz at which point a gradual boost begins which ends up peaking at +4dB at ~11kHz, and then rolls off up to 20kHz.

The overall performance of this mic left me a bit underwhelmed. I did really like this microphone on the acoustic guitar as it had a nice full body and then the treble and air boost added some nice percussiveness to the tone. However, on electric guitar, spoken word, and singing, I did not enjoy the mic, and the dislike all stems from the treble and air boost. The boost led to the treble frequencies sounding a bit overpower on the electric guitar, while it left the spoken word and singing sounding top heavy, a bit brittle, breathy, and sibilant. 

Pros

  • Nice flat mids
  • Awesome build quality
  • Nice shockmount & storage box provided

Cons

  • Relatively high noise floor at 16dBa
  • Fairly sibilant

Conclusion

I was not terribly impressed with this microphones performance. The treble & air boost on this thing added some very unfavorable characteristics on the vocals and electric guitar. Although I did personally like this mic on the acoustic guitar, i think the tone is very specific and not very versatile. With all this being said, I don't think I can really recommend the microphone. 

If you have any additional questions about this microphone, leave them on the youtube video, and I will try to reply ASAP. 

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TPR-140: Series In Review: Nolan's Batman pt.2

"A Series in Review!" Starting with Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy. Back for part two, That's right this is The Dark Knight.

The breakdown of the Batman Trilogy continues as we look into part two. 

Special Guest: Bryan Hill; Writer: POSTAL, ROMULUS, Top Cow. MICHAEL CRAY & DETECTIVE COMICS, D.C Comics. TV: ASH vs THE EVIL DEAD, TITANS. Official Online Home of THE HILL ADMINISTRATION

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BSP-124: New Ways to Make Money on YouTube

On episode 124 of the BSP, I cover Google Podcasts going live, 3 new monetization tools on YouTube that were announced at VidCon 2018, Instagram TV, Apple Fined $6.6M USD in Australia, Apple repairing Macbook keyboards for free, and Verizon no longer selling your real-time location data. I also talk about the RE27 N/D briefly, all my waves plugins disappearing, 3 new Mac utility apps that I like, and much much more.

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00:00 - Intro
00:37 - I like the RE27 N/D
01:30 - All my Waves Plugins Disappeared!
02:26 - Google Podcasts Live
04:30 - New YouTube Monetization Tools
* Podcastage Merch: https://teespring.com/podcastagetee
* YouTube Blog: https://youtube.googleblog.com/2018/06/vidcon-2018-helping-creators-earn-more.html
12:25 - Instagram TV
16:10 - Apple Fined $6.6M USD
18:08 - Apple Repairing Macbook Keyboards for Free
20:15 - Verizon No Longer Selling Real-Time Location Data
* Senator Wyden’s Letter: https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/4457320-Wyden-Securus-Location-Tracking-Letter-to-FCC.html
23:20 - What I’ve Been Testing (Bartender 3, Unclutter, Magnet)
25:29 - What You Had to Say (Your response's to last week's episode)
29:05 - Ask Bandrew
29:20 - Email 1
29:30 - Refurbishing & Repainting an Electro Voice RE20
31:46 - Email 2 (Social Media Privacy / Boundaries)
33:35 - Thoughts on digital oversharing?
36:34 - What can be done about it?
37:40 - 4 Rules for New Creators Using Social Media
42:23 - How do you set boundaries with digital connections?
44:00 - How do you stop someone from oversharing with you?
46:00 - Outro

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TPR-139: Comic Creator Terry Blas

Tune into this episode with comics creator Terry Blas where we discuss his journey into comics and what he has learned along the way.

Terry Blas is an illustrator and writer. Which works include webcomic Briar Hollow, Ghetto Swirl and You Say Latino (featured on Vox.com, NPR and the Huffington Post). Other credits include Regular Show, The Amazing World of Gumball, Rick and MortyTM, Adventure Time, and Mama Tits Saves the World. Dead Weight: Murder at Camp Bloom is his first graphic novel. He lives in Portland, Oregon where he is a member of Helioscope Studio.

WORKS

  •  a fantasy graphic novel set in a hotel in which “every door can lead to a magical world.”

  • It seems that its more than that its representation in adventure comics 

  • NEWLY RELEASED- Dead Weight : Murder at Camp Bloom (murder mystery Oregon based camp)- Oni Press

  • You Say Latino Zine or short story

  • Gnerd Podcast

  • Writer and artist of ongoing series Briar Hollow

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Beyerdynamic M88TG Dynamic Mic Review

Today we're looking at another handheld dynamic microphone from Beyerdynamic, but this time it's a hypercardioid mic, and it is the M88TG.

For this review, I have the mic connected directly to the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 2nd gen, with the gain set at 2:30. I have done no post processing on the audio, it is all raw, but the audio was slightly boosted in final cut pro X to simply make the audio easier to listen to.

If you are interested in this microphone, it will set you back $350.00 - $400.00 on Amazon

What's In the Box

  1. Carrying/Storage Pouch
  2. Microphone
  3. Microphone Mount (5/8" & 3/8" threading)
  4. Documentation

Specifications

  1. Frequency Response: 30Hz - 20kHz
  2. Polar Pattern: Hyper-Cardioid
  3. Sensitivity: ~-51dB
  4. Impedance: 200-ohms

Performance / Features

The build quality of this mic feels very beefy. It has an all metal body which has some substantial weight to it. Additionally, the metal grill is a tank. Most of the time when I squeeze the grill, there's some give to it, but this held firm. There are no features on this mic, but on the bottom you will find the XLR port. 

The frequency response is listed as 30Hz - 20kHz. This has a minor roll off beginning at 150Hz. The low-mids are flat until you hit 1kHz where it begins to boost, reaching a max of 4dB at 2.5kHz. There is a .5dB cut at 5kHz (+3.5dB) and a 1dB boost at 6.5kHz (+6dB) And then there is a gradual roll off until 20khz.

The overall performance of this mic is great for voice. Being that this has a broader and less dramatic boost in the top end, it yields a much smoother and even sound than many other handheld dynamic microphones. On electric and acoustic, I found the microphone underwhelming with a bit of a honky sound to it, and a little bit of mud in the low end. Additionally, the microphone did excellent at background noise rejection, but it was subpar at handling noise and plosive rejection.

Pros

  • Hyper-cardioid great for bg noise rejection, feedback rejection, or bleed.
  • Very smooth sound
  • Pretty healthy output for a dynamic
  • Hefty build quality

Cons

  • Not good at rejection plosives
  • Did a bad job at handling noise rejection
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Conclusion

It's not very surprising this mic was lackluster on guitars, as it is not marketed as a guitar microphone. Beyerdynamic markets this as a Kick Drum, Bass Drum, Vocal, and Woodwind microphone. Speaking of that, on vocals I think that tonally this microphone sounded excellent. The broader boost gave it a smoother sound which made it more pleasant to listen to than most handheld dynamics, and that's why I recommend it for that. If you do plan to pick this microphone up, I believe it is essential to pick up a pop filter, and leave it in a stand or have a very soft touch.

If you have any additional questions about this microphone, leave them on the youtube video, and I will try to reply ASAP. 

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TPR-138: Series In Review: Nolan's Batman pt.1

New segment, "A Series in Review!" Starting with Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy. That's right this Batman Begins.

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BSP-123: Resident Evil 2 Remake, Google Podcast App, and Apple Security

On episode 123 of the BSP, I cover Verizon having 3 unlimited data tiers, Sony announcing the Resident Evil 2 remake, Google launching a podcast app, Apple banning apps from selling user’s contact lists, China tracking citizen’s cars with RFID tags, and Apple blocking GreyKey iOS Hacking tool. I also talk about my signal chain and what I’m doing different this week.

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00:00 - Intro
00:35 - Verizon Launching 3rd Unlimited Data Tier
01:51 - Resident Evil 2 Remake
* https://youtu.be/a-lEnz5QKuM
04:10 - Google Launching Podcast App
06:28 - Apple Banning Apps from Selling User Contact Lists
08:45 - China track citizen’s cars with RFID tags
11:57 - Apple Blocking GreyKey iOS Hacking Tool
14:15 - What I’ve Been Testing (Processing)
* API Vision Strip
* FabFilter DS
* 1176
* LA-2A
* Pultec Legacy EQ
16:53 - What You Had to Say (Subs Feed / X-Files Game)
20:12 - Ask Bandrew
20:26 - Email 1
20:47 - Did you change your room setup?
21:27 - Are you single?
22:03 - How do you deal with stress?
23:51 - How do you connect the iPad to the UA Arrow?
24:58 - Email 2
25:22 - Do you know of The Odd Dad Out
25:51 - Do you know about the Guatemala Volcano Eruption
26:34 - Do you know about the Chernobyl Disaster?
27:23 - Email 3
27:45 - What are your thoughts on Google WiFi Devices
30:14 - Outro 

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TPR-137: Additional Content and Announcements

This Episode Logan announces the additional content coming to The Paper Robots Podcast as well as moving back to Arizona for his wedding with Cynthia Gerriets.

New Segments for the Podcast include the additional co-hosts Malcolm and Zach!

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TPR-136: Game Designer Ben Greenstein

Game Designer and programmer Ben Greenstein chats with me about his influences from comics, manga and anime to hippy town up bringing. Also we try to stay on topic about his origin into game design without going too off the rails and getting lost in X-Men territory.

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BEN GREENSTEIN

REFERENCED

  • Nausica
  • DBZ
  • Cowboy Bebop
  • The STanely Parbole
  • Portal
  • Unity
  • Flash Adobe
  • Bioware
  • Dues Ex
  • 'You are what you pretend to be"
  • Music Man
  • Monarail Simpsons

Sennheiser MK4 Mic Review

Today we're looking at the Sennheiser MK4 XLR Condenser Microphone, which is a great way to get into the Sennheiser / Neumann condenser mic ecosystem. 

For this review, I have the mic connected directly to the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 2nd gen, with the gain set at 11:00. I have done no post processing on the audio, it is all raw, but the audio was slightly boosted in final cut pro X to simply make the audio easier to listen to.

If you are interested in this microphone, it will set you back $300.00 on Amazon

What's In the Box

  1. Carrying/Storage Pouch
  2. Microphone
  3. Microphone Mount (5/8" & 3/8" threading)
  4. Documentation

Specifications

  1. Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz
  2. Polar Pattern: Cardioid
  3. Sensitivity: ~-32dB
  4. Self Noise: 10dBA
  5. Impedance: 50-ohms

Performance / Features

The build quality of this mic is good. I'm legitimately running out of things to say about all these mics. Most of them have an all metal body and a metal grill. This mic is no different. It has no switches for a padding or high pass / low pass, but on the bottom you'll find an XLR port. 

The frequency response is listed as 20Hz - 20kHz. This has a minor roll off beginning at 150Hz, and a much more drastic roll off beginning at 50Hz. The low-mids are flat until you hit 1kHz and it boosts 1dB with the peak at 1.5kHz which then returns to flat at 2.5kHz where it begins it's presence/treble/air boost beginning at 2.75kHz and ranging all the way up to 10kHz, where it gradually rolls off the air, where it is neutral at ~14kHz.

The overall performance of this mic is great for the price. On electric guitar, this mic sounds a bit dull because it's not over boosted anywhere, but I think fo that as a good thing when recording. On acoustic it sounded stellar with a good body and plenty of shimmer on the top. For singing it had a nice and airy tone, and on spoken word it had plenty of clarity that could be offset beautifully while utilizing the proximity effect. Additionally the off axis coloration around 90-degrees is not unpleasant like many cheaper condensers, which will yield a much better sounding recording if you're in a reverberant room. 

Pros

  • Nice, fairly subtle coloration
  • Good off axis coloration
  • Pretty hot output signal
  • Decent job at background noise rejection
  • Respectable 10dBA self noise
  • Good built quality

Cons

  • I personally don't like the look of it.
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Conclusion

This seems to be a great all purpose microphone as it worked well on everything I tested it on. I think where it really shines is on voice over. The thing I have loved about the Neumann condensers I have tested is the proximity effect. This microphone offers that buttery smooth low end that helps off set the boosts to the presence/treble/air, and it sounds stellar for that considering the price. 

If you have any additional questions about this microphone, leave them on the youtube video, and I will try to reply ASAP. 

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BSP-122: YouTube Killing Subscriptions, WWDC Woes & More

On episode 122 of the BSP, I cover YouTube killing the subscription feed through algorithms, Patreon acquiring Kit, WWDC 2018 Announcements from Hardware to iOS to Mac OS, Facebook launching a gaming portal, Instagram launching 1 hour long videos, MyHeritage leaking 92 million people’s login information, and much much more.

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00:00 - Intro
00:43 - YouTube Killing Subscription
07:15 - Patreon Acquired Kit
10:36 - WWDC 2018 Hardware Announcements
13:07 - iOS 12 Announcements
21:00 - OSX Mojave Announcements
25:01 - Watch OS Announcements
26:07 - Apple TV Announcements
27:00 - Facebook Launching Gaming Portal
29:27 - 1 Hour Long Instagram Videos
30:02 - MyHeritage Leaked 92 Million People’s Account Details
31:14 - Products That Should Exist
33:24 - What I’ve Been Testing
35:02 - What You Had to Say
36:40 - Ask Bandrew
36:51 - Email 1
37:14 - One Creator I’d Like to have on Creator Case Study
38:58 - What am I looking forward to?
39:35 - Email 2
40:45 - Will you review the Heil Fin?
41:19 - Will you make more why I don’t game videos?
42:30 - Do you have any other channels you want to launch?
44:07 - Outro

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TPR-135:

Hosted by Logan Naugle with guests Cynthia Gerriets (Toy Designer) and Dan Schkade (Comic Creator)

We get together and chat about the importance of creating an ending in what makes the ending in a story significant both as bands of storytelling and creators in our own stories what is an ending and what it means for us to make a compelling ending. Also it’s always fun having Dan return to the podcast and we get to make jokes have lively conversation and the three of us always like to entertain each other

Ending: an end or final part of something, especially a period of time, an activity, or a book or movie.

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Beyerdynamic TG V50 Dynamic Mic Review / Test

Today we're looking at the Beyerdynamic TG V50, which I was super excited to test out because I loved the TG V70D so much.

For this review, I have the mic connected directly to the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 2nd gen, with the gain set at 2:00. I have done no post processing on the audio, it is all raw, but the audio was slightly boosted in final cut pro X to simply make the audio easier to listen to.

If you are interested in this microphone, it will set you back $80.00 on Amazon

What's In the Box

  1. Carrying/Storage Pouch
  2. Microphone
  3. Microphone Mount (5/8" & 3/8" threading)
  4. Documentation

Specifications

  1. Frequency Response: 50Hz - 17kHz
  2. Polar Pattern: Cardioid
  3. Sensitivity: ~-52.5dB
  4. Impedance: 600-ohms

Performance / Features

The build quality of this mic is the same as almost all handheld dynamic microphones. It has an all metal construction with no features around the body and it has an XLR port on the bottom. There's really nothing more to say about it. 

The frequency response is listed as 50Hz - 17kHz. This has a fairly neutral mids, but it boost rather significantly up until 5kHz, followed by a minor cut, and then an even larger boost up until 9kHz.

The overall performance of this mic is pretty good. For singing, I think this thing really shined. It had great clarity and a nice presence boost to help cut through a mix. For spoken word I thought it worked pretty well but think the plosive and sibilance issue can be an issue. On electric and acoustic guitar, it was a pretty usable tone...it was very aggressive and non-muddy, which could be pretty rad, but it wouldn't be my first choice for that use. 

Pros

  • Plenty of clarity
  • Not much proximity effect
  • Really nice build quality

Cons

  • Didn't do a good job at rejecting plosives
  • Didn't do a good job at rejecting handling noise
  • The boost can be a bit 

Conclusion

If you're looking for a live singing microphone, I think it's a great option there. The lack in proximity effect means the singer will not need to have great microphone technique to avoid boominess. However, the plosives will need to be remedied with a windscreen/pop filter, and you'll need to leave it on the stand. For electric and acoustic guitar, it would be fine in a bind, but it would not be my first choice, so I wouldn't buy it just for that. 

If you have any additional questions about this microphone, leave them on the youtube video, and I will try to reply ASAP. 

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BSP-121: Vermont Fights Data Brokers, Podcastage Updates & More

On episode 121 of the BSP, I talk about my new series called Creator Case Study, the plans I have for the Podcastage youtube channel, Vermont regulating data brokers, iOS 11.4 going live and what the features are, What to expect from WWDC ’18, as well as answering your questions.

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00:00 - Intro
00:45 - Thoughts on Creator Case Study Series
02:51 - Changes to Podcastage Programming
05:53 - Why are you drinking Starbucks?
06:49 - Vermont Regulating Data Brokers
* https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/Docs/BILLS/H-0764/H-0764%20As%20Passed%20by%20Both%20House%20and%20Senate%20Unofficial.pdf
* https://techcrunch.com/2018/05/27/vermont-passes-first-first-law-to-crack-down-on-data-brokers/
12:15 - iOS 11.4 is live
13:58 - What to expect at WWDC ‘18
19:58 - What You Had to Ask Bandrew?
20:44 - Amazon Bugging Your Home or You Bugging Your Own Home?
21:42 - Would you recommend a shotgun mic for voice over?
24:08 - Should I buy a yeti or procaster for my new podcast?
27:18 - Outro

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Heil PR-781 Dynamic Mic Review / Test

Today we look at an Amateur Radio microphone and see if it will work for any other applications. The microphone, is the Heil PR-781.

For this review, I have the mic connected directly to the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 2nd gen, with the gain set at ~1:30 - 2:00. I have done no post processing on the audio, it is all raw, but the audio was slightly boosted in final cut pro X to simply make the audio easier to listen to.

If you are interested in this microphone, it will set you back $185.00 on Amazon

What's In the Box

  1. Microphone
  2. Microphone Mount
  3. 5/8 to 3/8" stand adapter
  4. Documentation

Specifications

  1. Frequency Response: 50Hz - 16kHz
  2. Polar Pattern: Cardioid
  3. Sensitivity: ~-55dB
  4. Impedance: 600-ohms

Performance / Features

The build quality of this mic is excellent. It is an all metal construction with a metal grill. It feels like it can take a beating or two, so I'd venture to say that this will last years in your Ham Shack.

The frequency response is listed as 50Hz - 16kHz, but no frequency response graph was provided. From listening to the mic it's abundantly clear that there is a drastic treble boost which gives this thing a large amount of clarity. It also over powers any low end of this microphone making it sounds harsh at times.

The overall performance of this mic is hard to judge. On everything I threw at this mic, I just kept thinking  "there's too much clarity". It was so bright and clear that it began to sound unnatural to my ears at times, and it also became shrill at other times. Being that I am not a Ham Radio operator, and know little of the topic, I cannot speak to the microphone requirements, but I believe that's what this microphone was actually designed for. 

Pros

  • Great build quality
  • Very very very very clear

Cons

  • The treble boost on this thing leads to shrill tone

Conclusion

I cannot recommend this microphone for the majority of applications due to the hyper-bright tone of it. I don't think it accomplished anything well on the electric guitar, acoustic guitar, singing vocals, or on HD vocals. I imagine the over bright tone is meant to assist in transmitting higher frequencies over Ham Radios. Being that digital audio captures all that sound without having to overcome the inherent shorter travel of higher frequencies, it just does not seem to translate well. 

If you have any additional questions about this microphone, leave them on the youtube video, and I will try to reply ASAP. 

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BSP-120: Apple Bend Gate, Amazon Big Brother State, and More

On episode 120 of the BSP, I talk about Apple lying about Bend Gate on the iPhone 6 and 6-plus, Facebook two factor authentication, Yubikey compatibility with the iPhone, Razer Core X, News outlets banning EU viewers, EU citizens downloading information from Apple, Amazon Facial Rekognition, Amazon Echo spying on you, TeenSafe leaking your passwords, Comcast Xfinity router passwords being leaked, Comcast launching new mesh wifi devices, Twitch streaming Doctor Who, and Amazon saving The Expanse. 

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00:00 - Intro
00:38 - Apple Lied About Bend Gate
05:31 - Facebook Doesn’t Want Your Phone # Anymore
07:20 - Yubikey NFC Capability on the iPhone 7 & Newer
09:15 - Razer Core X Announced
10:35 - News Outlets Ban EU Users
12:17 - EU Apple Users Can Download Their Data
13:12 - Amazon Facial Recognition (Big Brother State!!!)
17:14 - Amazon Echo Sends Private Conversation to Contact Book
20:37 - TeenSafe Leaks your Teens Passwords
22:50 - Comcast Xfinity Leaking Router Passwords
25:00 - Comcast Launching Mesh Wifi System
25:57 - Twitch Streaming Doctor Who for 7 Weeks
26:21 - Amazon Saves The Expanse
26:42 - What You Had To Say
29:07 - Ask Bandrew
29:20 - Email 1
31:05 - Email 2
32:39 - Email 3
35:05 - Outro

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TPR-134: Adventure Cartoonist Kerstin A La Cross

Talking to cartoonist and comic creator about getting started in comic which includes all the ups and downs it can have in personal lives as well as the triumphs of pushing to be better. We chat about the importance of stepping back and putting things into perspective when it comes to autobio works and memoirs.

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 Kerstin La Cross and I'm an Adventure Cartoonist! I make autobio comics about pretty much anything, but mostly backpacking. Please help me to make more comics! 

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Shure Super 55 Deluxe Vocal Microphone Review

Today we're looking at Shure's update to the classic Elvis microphone, the Shure Super 55 Deluxe Vocal Microphone

For this review, I have the mic connected directly to the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 2nd gen, with the gain set at ~3:00. I have done no post processing on the audio, it is all raw, but the audio was slightly boosted in final cut pro X to simply make the audio easier to listen to.

If you are interested in this microphone, it will set you back $250.00 on Amazon

What's In the Box

  1. Microphone
  2. Carrying Bag
  3. Documentation

Specifications

  1. Frequency Response: 60Hz - 17kHz
  2. Polar Pattern: Super-Cardioid
  3. Sensitivity: ~-53dB
  4. Impedance: 290-ohms

Performance / Features

The build quality of this mic is superb. It has an all metal construction that feels like it can really take the abuses of stage use. There is a small plastic badge with the branding for the mic, and the foam windscreen is bright blue. The sides and rear of the microphone have no additional features, and on the bottom you'll find a 5/8" threading for a standard mic stand, and an XLR port. 

The frequency response is listed as 60Hz - 17kHz. There is a cut that begins at 1kHz and ranges down to 150Hz, and then drastically drops off. At 1kHz a boost begins which remains consistent to about 2kHz where we see a gradual increase with a significant boost at 4.5kHz, peaking at 6kHz. We see a dip immediately after this followed by a peak from 8-10kHz, at which point the air is cut.

The polar pattern of this mic is super cardioid. At 90-degrees the level is almost non-existent, but what is there is mainly high mids and treble. At 180-degrees, the signal is slightly stronger, and is mainly focused in the low end. 

The overall performance of this mic is exactly what you should expect out of a live vocal microphone. The cut to the low-end helps tame the proximity effect, handling noise, and plosives. The presence boost helps your voice cut through and sit on top of the mix. And the super-cardioid polar pattern helps limit bleed from instruments on stage, as well as limiting feed from the PA. 

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Pros

  • Super cardioid polar patten is very beneficial in a live environment
  • Does a great job with the proximity effect, handling noise, and plosives
  • Your voice will cut through a mix
  • You're gonna look really cool

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Very specific use case

Conclusion

I was not the biggest fan of this microphone for instruments or spoken word. The tone on instruments just was not too flattering, although in a bind, I think it is passable for that application. On spoken word, I think you're better off with a flatter microphone since you'll likely be recording in a studio and have better control over your environment and ambient noise. Live singing is where I think this microphone will really shine. It will allow the sound engineer to capture your voice as clearly as possible, and set it in front of the mix, even if you don't have good microphone technique.

If you're looking for a live singing microphone with an aesthetic that screams "I'm Elvis" or "I front a Rockabilly band", then I do not think you can go wrong with this microphone. If you have any additional questions about this microphone, leave them on the youtube video, and I will try to reply ASAP. 

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