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Sonic Scoop AL-Y56
One of the most exciting aspects of the recording industry over the past decade is the emergence of talented designers and engineers founding new boutique audio companies.
Never before have we seen this many different manufactures providing such a wealth of choice to their customers. Many of these new companies have been able to leverage their online presence and lower operational costs to keep their price points lower, which has led to an explosion in the pro and “pro-sumer” markets.
In this vein, Luke Audio came onto the scene in 2016 with their acclaimed AL-X Series microphones, and this year they aim to step up their game even further with the new AL-Y56.
Sonic Scoop AL-X7
I happened upon on the Luke Audio line this past fall while wandering aimlessly around the AES showroom floor. Tiring of the immense wave of brand names and products I was already aware of, I was craving something new and personalized.
And then, almost as if by magic, I passed a little stand with the moniker “Luke” with some very elegant-looking mics on display. The dedication to craft and quality was immediately apparent, and I quickly became enamored with this burgeoning new company from Nashville. Read More
Pro Sound Network AL-X7
It seems to me there are three distinct camps, sometimes intermingled, amongst discriminating engineers and their preferred large diaphragm condensers (LDCs) for vocal applications.
There are the vintage purists, a rather privileged group who love, for example, their all-original C12s, 70s-era U87s, and so on; the vintage mod folks, adventurous ones with custom rebuilds and updates of U87, U67, ELA M 251, and ribbon mics; and the boutique people, relying on evolved, modern homages to classic designs from low original production counts. Though all different, each camp is generally expensive to reside in. Read More