Eggcellent mics

Hello and welcome to our weekly microphone posts. Astra hopes you all had a great Easter but now its time to get back to work. This week, inspired by all things egg related, we are going to focus on a couple of egg shaped mics! The EV N/D308 and N/D408. The N/D308 is another microphone......

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A Stereo KISS

Our second post this week is about the Shure sm81, another pencil condenser. This mic has long been a staple studio microhpone. It is a versatile, rugged and great sounding mic which also performs well in live settings. A cardioid pattern and a flat frequency response from 20-20000 Hz. We very often use these as......

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A mic or not a mic?

The eagle eyed amount you would have noticed a lack of posts last week. This was due to the shock of having a job to go to! However, this week we will endeavour a double post to satisfy your microphone information needs Having recently talked about condenser microphones it feels appropriate to continue with one......

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Are you Shure?

In our post last week we discussed the iconic D12 and the reliable D112. Next up is an unusual kick drum mic, the Shure SM91.  Its flat design points to its original purpose as a conference mic. This mic is a directional boundary microphone which is different to every other mic we’ve covered. A small......

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Kick start


Hello again and welcome to our weekly look at Astra’s microphone list.  I think its fair to say that after the vocals, the next most important part of a band mix is the kick drum. Theres something ever so satisfying about feeling that thump in your chest. Also, it gives a solid base to build......

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Condensed reading

Since we started these posts we have only featured dynamic mics. This week is the turn of our first condenser mic, pulled at random, the AKG C535 EB. This is an unusual post to write as this is not a mic we use very often. However with our industry on hold for nearly a year......

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A hidden gem

Welcome everyone to another Friday and a delve into the Astra mic collection.  This week, a mic that we should use more often, the Beyerdynamic M88. Although it looks similar to a Sure sm58 this is very different. A hypercardiod polar response pattern makes it very directional and very good at rejecting feedback. As any......

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Hearing and listening. You’re doing it wrong.

Graham Audio System3D

Whats your favourite song? Lets face it, everyone has either asked or been asked this question. For some the answer is probably on repeat as the sound track to your life. For others this can lead to an existential crisis as you attempt to narrow down the entire history of music, cross reference this with......

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Here’s a little clip!

After telling you that last week the Sennheiser 421 is the “go to” mic for toms in the studio, perhaps its time for our “go to” live option; the Sennheiser e604. We actually have a mixture of 604 and 504s. The subtle difference being a silver or black grill and a different clip but essentially......

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Quality comes in 400’s

Sennheiser, the 421

This week on “what mics has Astra got” we come to two more special mics; the Sennheiser 441 and 421.  It would be easy to get bogged down with raving about how good these mics are, the 441 is probably the finest dynamic mic ever made. Having spent the first week telling you fine people......

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