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Earthworks ETHOS Streaming and Broadcasting Microphone — Silver

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Importantly, as the ETHOS is an active condenser microphone, it offers a much hotter output than typical dynamic broadcast mics. Anyone who makes a living using their voice or recording an instrument knows that a microphone can make or break a performance.

It’s simple to clean or replace, and the foam, mesh, and steel combination means even the most enthusiastic vocal personalities are unlikely to require any aftermarket augmentation. Right now, the marketing focus is almost evenly split with streamers, an audience that often prefers an out-of-the-box functionality. In the meantime, I plan to use the ETHOS on all my voiceovers and interviews, and I’m thrilled to have it at my disposal for a variety of recording needs. This sturdy stainless-steel condenser mic sounds absolutely fantastic out of the box with a flat EQ and even better with a small amount of processing.If this microphone were pitched solely toward professional broadcasters, this wouldn't feel as much of an issue since many studios usually have an abundance of spare XLR cords. While those microphones undoubtedly sound great (they’re classics for a reason), the ETHOS stands apart in that it uses a condenser capsule instead of a dynamic capsule.

The ETHOS is its latest microphone and is designed to take on the heavy hitters in the broadcast world. Comparing this with the ICON USB, at first glance you can tell a difference in diaphragms size with the ICON only managing a 12 mm diameter. Vocals sound fantastic even on a flat EQ, and a small amount of processing delivers broadcast-level audio.Jim Williams has spent much of his 56 years working with some of the biggest names in the music business, including Frank Zappa, John McLaughlin and Stevie Wonder. During my initial analysis of the so far impressive Ethos, the M2-R rotating ball-joint mount stood out as my favorite addition. What that means for you is that anything purchased through Front End Audio is guaranteed 100% authentic gear and carries a full manufacturer’s warranty.

The ETHOS B has off-axis rejection for reducing room noise but is likely more forgiving than the MKH 416 in terms of capturing voice when the head turns. You can remove the foam shield for a peek at the inner workings, screwing it apart for any required maintenance, but there's no sign of loose parts causing issues here.

I liked the ETHOS a lot on both speech and singing, and was particularly impressed by its ability to capture the female voice, which can often present a challenge. Vintage King co-founder Michael Nehra shares some of his love, knowledge, and practical advice for diving into the world of vintage audio gear, and then takes us behind the scenes for a walk through. Seinen wahren Klang entfaltet es jedoch wirklich erst wenn es gelingt die Störquellen auf ein Minimumm zu reduzieren, dafür wird man da aber wirklich mit einem grandios direkten Sound belohnt, der perfekt ist um ihn später zu bearbeiten und in die Form zu bringen die man gern hätte. Dynamic microphones often lend a similar presence boost, but the frequency responses tend to be compressed, leading to a crunched vocal sound. I am also excited to try this mic on kick drum – I've used a variety of condenser mics on kick drum in the past, with excellent results.

Based on Earthworks' reputation for building microphones with presence and clarity, the Ethos goes a step further, offering an intimacy and warmth that matches the sound of any voice while anticipating the needs of the sound engineer. Der Klang ist unheimlich ehrlich und nimmt - gerade im Vergleich mit dem recht populären Shure - jede Nuance der Stimme auf was vor allem beim sprechen und verschiedenen Betonungen zum Vorschein kommt (Beispielsweise wenn man die eigene Stimme verstellt, da ich es auch für Hörspielproduktion nutze). In truth, the mic is extremely natural in its reproduction, with a very pleasant weight and detail to the sound when used close-miced on voice.

When using the ETHOS XLR microphone, users will notice that they need less post-production EQ to get a good sound out of their voice. In audio, our perception of what feels real and natural is incredibly sensitive to resolution in the time domain. I had the privilege of reviewing the Earthworks Audio ICON USB Microphone last year and have to say that Earthworks keep upping their game! Designed to meet the needs of the talent, the engineer, and the audience, ETHOS will capture every nuance and transient to provide the most realistic sound reproduction possible. That also means it should be a perfect fit for podcasters, content creators, voice-over artists, and more — assuming you’re at a level where such a prestigious mic makes sense.

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