Tuesday, May 5, 2009

I love microphones!

I love microphones, but I'm on a budget. Fortunately, there are tons of great mics that are also inexpensive. For a long time I've been a fan of MXL and Audio Technica's inexpensive condensers, but I've recently turned to another inexpensive large-diaphraghm condenser, the NADY SCM-960.

First the negatives...the freakin' thing comes with no way to mount it to a mic stand. That's just wrong! Get it together, guys! That's it for the negatives.

The sound is fantastic...crisp, clear, but also warm and full on the bottom, with a proximity boost that warms things up, but never gets muddy. You MUST use a windscreen or pop filter, but other than that, it just sounds great...on my voice, anyway! Hear what this mic sounds like on my radio show "Saving the 70s" at http://www.theproductionroom.net/latestshow.ram

The SCM-960 is the ONLY mic I use for my show. As I tell my wife..."once you've found what you were looking for, QUIT LOOKING!"

I'd love to have a good ribbon mic, but have heard some discouraging things about inexpensive ribbons. Do you have any thoughts?

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Welcome to The Producer's Desk

Welcome to the producer's desk. On this blog I will discuss production techniques, relate my experiences with various equipment, and software, and relate stories about the production process of radio commercials, liners, ids, comedy bits, and long-form programming like my syndicated show "Saving the 70s". Your comments are always welcome!