Pro-Audio Highlights of 2017
The mountain of new gear hitting the market in 2017 made me wonder how anybody had managed to record back in the distant days of 2016, let alone the dark ages of the twentieth century.
Sadly, almost all the new releases fell into two camps; cheap Chinese microphones re-badged in the States with one or more zeros added to the cost price or shoddy clones of audio classics. There were a few exceptions that promise to become established fixtures on the pro-audio scene however, including:
We were impressed by the build quality and performance of these superbly engineered Russian microphones. Unlike most other new arrivals, Soyuz produce an original and highly distinct range of mics that stand comparison with the best European offerings. Made entirely in their own factories outside Moscow and drawing on decades of East European manufacturing experience by companies such as Lomo, Soyuz mics sound as impressive as they look. With artists such as Coldplay choosing them in preference to established vintage and classic mics, Soyuz are most definitely here to stay.
It was nice to see UK company Thermionic Culture come up with another winner in the superb SWIFT equaliser. In a crowded marketplace, Thermionic continue to produce outstanding processing equipment that deserves a place in professional recording and mastering racks. Definitely a success story of recent years.
ATC go from strength to strength, their main problem being fulfilling orders due to such heavy demand. The company added to their market leading SCM25a midfield monitors with a big brother, the SCM45a featuring two bass drivers. This has filled a gap in the market and become a ‘must have’ for production suites and larger studios.
The Soyuz 023 BOMBLET microphone, aka "The Bomblet", is the latest addition to the Soyuz family. The large diaphragm condenser microphone comes complete with a wooden box and mic holder. As all Soyuz microphones, the Soyuz 023 BOMBLET is completely handmade in their Russian factory.£930.00ex VAT
The ATC SCM25A Pro active studio monitor has been one of the major audio success stories of recent years, and were the first in a range of mid-priced/mid-sized monitors that bought uncompromising ATC quality to smaller professionals studios at an affordable price. The SCM25A Pro is a 3-way active monitor in a compact ported enclosure featuring a rugged nine-inch bass, three inch mid high frequency drivers and ATCs own UK made tweeter.£6,200.00ex VAT
Designed to be as much at home in tracking individual instruments or sitting across a stereo mix buss, Thermionic Culture The Swift is a 2-Channel Valve Equaliser that utilises influences of two classic designs of all valve recording to bring the specs up-to-date for today pro use.£2,400.00ex VAT
The ATC SCM45A Pro Active Studio Monitor is the most recent addition to the ATC mid-priced active monitor range, and is based upon the astonishingly popular ATC SCM25A Pro. The larger ported enclosure houses two nine inch bass drivers in addition to three inch mid and a tweeter to offer a more powerful bottom end with more headroom. Funksters Jamiroquai and Guitar Maestro Kevin Shields of My Bloody Valentine love them but I’m not sure if their neighbours do. On permanent demo in our monitor demonstration room.£7,605.00ex VAT