As well as releasing details of the renowned cellist’s use of its SIGMA microphone, Sontronics has released details of three condenser microphones designed specifically for drums: the DM-1T, DM-1S and DM-1B.
Lloyd-Webber – prominent cellist, Menuhin/Grapelli collaborator, and brother of theatrical composer Andrew – recently started using a Sontronics SIGMA after conducting a blind test with another prominent brand during a recording session at Abbey Road.
The cellist has deployed the microphone on a number of subsequent projects, including a reworking of The South Bank Show theme tune for Sky Arts and a forthcoming recording with his wife – and fellow cellist – Jiaxin.
“My Barjansky cello is a huge part of my life, and it is my ‘sound’ as a musician, so I am extremely fussy about how it’s recorded,” said Lloyd Webber, who is currently on tour in the UK/Ireland and will play a special 60th birthday concert at the Royal Festival Hall on 14 April. “So often microphones do not reproduce its true sound, but I have found the SIGMA produces a very true picture of the sound of my Stradivarius.”
In another recent development, Sontronics has announced a further move into application-specific miking with the release of three condenser microphones designed specifically for drums: the DM-1T, DM-1S and DM-1B.
The DM-1T and DM-1S are small-diaphragm pencil-style condensers designed to work on tom (DM-1T) and snare (DM-1S). With a cardioid polar pattern and switchable -15dB pad, the characteristics of each mic have been tailored to pick up those specific nuances from the different drums. Each mic comes with a metal drum mount and mic clip.
The DM-1B is a large-diaphragm, end-fire condenser mic that can cope with up to 150dB (with the -15dB pad switched in) and comes in an aluminium flightcase. DM-1B is designed specifically for kick drum but is also said to give impressive results on bass instruments and bass guitar cabinets.
“Many of our existing mics work brilliantly on drums, but I felt that it was about time we made some dedicated mics for drummers and percussionists,” said Sontronics founder and MD, Trevor Coley, who designed the new mics from scratch. “I spent a long time researching how each component of a drum kit responded when struck – kick beater attack, kick thump, snare rattle, resonance, boominess and so on – and optimised each mic’s frequency response to deliver a great result with little or no EQ.”
The DM-1T, DM-1S and DM-1B are all covered by SONTRONICS’ Lifetime Warranty and come with a free download of Toontrack’s EZdrummer Lite. All three microphones are available for pre-order now and will be in the shops in late February.