Brauner VM1 vs Sennheiser MK4

So I’ve been in the market for a new VO mic and today I got the opportunity to have a microphone shootout between my new Sennheiser MK4 and the Brauner workhorse we have in the studio.  Wow.  I was surprised to hear the MK4 hold it’s own in the ring with the Brauner VM1.

Chris Fish from DMT Audio in HK was kind enough to come by the studio today and we worked out a fun little shootout between these two sweet microphones.  We ran them through a Great River mic pre and recorded the below test simultaneously so we could really compare them.

I found that the Brauner had some cool stuff going on in the high range and a nice crisp top end while the MK4 sounds more “rounded” to me. While the difference between the mics is subtle you can really hear it. Have  listen below.

In the left corner … The BRAUNER VM1


In the right corner … The Sennheiser MK4


Coming up next… the Sennheiser MK4 vs the AKG 3000B – two large diaphragm condenser mics in the same price range. Check back here for ring side seats!

Coles 4104 Demo

Russell tests the Coles 4104
Russell testing the Coles 4104

Hey all,

Since I first read about the Coles 4104 microphone I wanted to try one.  I thought it would be great to have a microphone that I could use to make demos anywhere / without the need to battle background noise. So the other day I went down to Jolly Pro Audio here in Hong Kong and they happened to have one! They very generously allowed me to test it out and make a demo – which I have posted here.

As this is a ribbon microphone we kept the phantom power off. Then the salesman, Chenly, set the gain way high – and I recorded this in a standard office environment.  Behind me were people in cubicles, typing away.  A big air-con blew cold air frantically down on me while I made this demo. I have kept the lead in this recording purposly long so you can hear the room before I spoke.  The text I read is from a manual left open on Chenly’s desk and the clip is as recorded off a Marantz field recorder they had laying around.

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Hope you find the clip useful. 🙂

Dragon Snooker Dub

We spent the weekend dubbing a vertical slice of a Chinese animated series called Dragon Snooker.  It looks like it’s going to be really fun – the actors, writers, and translators are all very talented. Which made for great scripts and an enjoyable Saturday working with awesome actors.  If I can I’ll put a clip of our next studio session up for everyone to enjoy.  🙂