Microphone Reviews, Opinions Needed

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by zmroberts, Jul 28, 2005.

  1. zmroberts

    zmroberts Guest


    I am trying to start a "community" web site geared strictly towards the review of various studio, stage, and other microphones. This web site should be very useful because it will be honest opinions and not someone trying to sell you something... although I WILL be advertisign on the site. If you have strong opinions on any type of microphones... post them here...


    Also note the web site is still under construction and more mics will
    be added. If there are any mics that you think should absolutley be on
    there... email to the webmaster listed on the bottom of the site.

  2. Hardtailed

    Hardtailed Guest

    There are already some mic reviews on Harmony Central.

    Most of them are worthless but unfortunately that's what you get when you allow anyone to submit reviews (the usual MXL review goes: it's my first condenser mic and it's really great, so I give it a 10). On the other hand, if you filter reviews, then it's not an objective source anymore (suppose you receive tons of glowing reviews for a new 50$ mic, it's easy to discard them, but maybe the mic really is great!).
  3. zmroberts

    zmroberts Guest

    I'm gonna have to let anyone post so as to be "objective" like you said... but the site hasn't hit the search engines yet so hopefully I can get some recording pros (like from this forum) thoughts out there before it gets taken over by others with less 'experience'.

  4. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    Jul 2, 2002
    77 Sunset Lane.
    is this SPAM? Considering it is an attempt to get people to go to another site and the poster said he was going to advertise, I think so .... :roll:
  5. TeddyG

    TeddyG Well-Known Member

    Jan 20, 2005
    If you don't mind, I'll stick with your reviews Kurt, and the reviews of other trusted sources(I do like SOS - Sound On Sound and Mix reviews, though they certainly "accept" advertising and a certain, generally pretty easy, amount of "reading between the lines", must be done... no prob.). "Testimonials", on the other hand, I find, generally suck... mine included. As pointed out, above, a worthwhile review is tough enough to get from someone with exceptional, widely-varied experience, which most of us just don't have... I'm sure you're not too worried about a new site coming on-line... I know I'm not.

  6. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Mar 8, 2004
    Tacoma, WA
    I don't mean any offense, but it's difficult to do a good review.

    One has to take time away from actual studio work (or somehow manage to work it into the studio, but I for one don't like using review gear on an important client - what if it's utter crap???!!??) to actually test the gear and try to come up with a good summation based on both subjective and objective observations. This assumes that the reviewer has the appropriate test equipment. (Though, let's face it, not many of us, myself included, have huge test benches with which to put these devices through the ringer) and at least good supporting audio equipment worthy of actually testing a mic or other piece of gear.

    I don't see how individual testimonies really serve that much of a purpose - very few are based on these silly little details like facts and many aren't from reliable sources. I've seen these kind of review sites all over the place - they review cameras, home audio,cars, etc. In general, you'll get some dudes on there giving everything 5 out of 5 stars and writing lengthy reviews cuz they think they're gonna get picked up by the "magazine reviewer scouts" but in truth, they are making up half of their review. Then there's the $*^t heads who poo all over everything and tell you how bad things suck in comparison to their "whatsit-whosit."

    The fact is, people on this forum here, RO, provide meaningful insight into audio gear, including microphones and the wealth of experience and knowledge (and questions) is invaluable.

    So, while I truly appreciate your intent to provide yet another service to the needy audio industry, I feel as though the service may be a detriment more than an attribute.

    Please don't take this personally.

    As for the "Official Reviews" here on RO, I think Kurt does a fine job, and I have also started a couple and I hope Kurt doesn't mind if I keep at it.

    Oh, and by the way, for all the neigh-sayers out there - I'm not trying kiss Kurt's butt in that previous statement. He and I have disagreed on a few points in the past, but that's the great thing about these kinds of forums - we learn eachother's personalities and interact and even if we don't agree on the finer points of things, there's a mutual respect. I don't think you can find that on the "consumer review" sites.

    Just my $.02 (with compounded interest and fees)

  7. spam...lol jp...maybe?

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