tisdag 30 mars 2010


More and more BDM-01:s are reaching end users, and we are getting valuable feedback. Something I've heard from several different sources - including the first review of the BDM-01 (in Audio Technology) - is that it does the job that previously required two microphones. For the kick drum it is quite common to use one microphone for the "bass" and on for the "click" to get a good sound, but it is complicated to find the best mic combo, and using two mics can cause phase issues.

The BDM-01 seems to be able to capture both the bass and the click of the kick drum, a rather tempting solution for all you drummers and engineers out there.

The summary from the review in Audio Technology:

"So… wow! Once upon a time I was quite happy with the results I got just shoving a D112 into the hole of my bass drums, pointing arbitrarily somewhere near the beater. Then at some point, I felt I needed more, so I moved the D112 to the outside head, and would use something like an SM57 or M88 for the detailed ‘click’. The Milab BDM-01 would seem to do a better job than any, or maybe even all, of these combinations. Though a lot more expensive than what we’re used to paying, there wasn’t much I could throw at this mic that it didn’t deliver on. Plus, it feels solid and robust – almost bulletproof, which, for a condenser, is a great thing. That would make it a pretty good investment for any studio I’d expect. And as a live bass drum mic, the ease of use and quality of sound would be a lifesaver in most situations."

A Gearslutz user has reached the same conclusion:

"My normal setup is to use a sennheiser e-602 to get the fundamental and a AT 4047 to get the shell. I have always hoped for a single mic to capture the drum without the phase compromise that is natural in multi mic techniques. Upon placing the BDM-01 in front of a small jazz kit with no hole in the front head I was curious if something so tiny could capture the complexity of this source. Using the on board pres of a ULN-8 as the front end I adjusted the gain and was ready to go. upon listening to playback I was very surprised to hear the transient "knock" fully intact as well as the overtones from the shell of the drum. I will try this mic with some other kits as soon as I am done with this current record. My conclusion is that this mic is a great choice in the kick drum category because it translated the whole of a complex bass drum with ease. If you are like me and always looking for more elegant and simple solutions to make recording less work the Milab really fits the bill..."


måndag 22 mars 2010

See you in Frankfurt!

Tomorrow morning we are flying down to Frankfurt and Prolight + Sound.

If you want to have a look at our line, check out the new DC-96C and have a chat with me or our R&D manager please stop by Hall 8.0 booth A47.

See you there!

onsdag 17 mars 2010

DC-96C exposure

I'm very impressed by the impact of our press release regarding the new DC-96C. Although I sent it out last thursday, we registered an all time high for website visitors last week.

The DC-96C has been mentioned on most of the major Pro Audio websites and the press release has already been translated into several languages:

Italian: http://www.ziomusic.it/news/viewnews.php?id=26167

French: http://fr.audiofanzine.com/microphone-statique-transistor/milab/dc-96c/news/a.play,n.11977.html

Russian: http://cjcity.ru/novosti/hard/news105.html

Greek: http://www.alive.gr/articles/2/?2123

torsdag 11 mars 2010

PRESS RELEASE: Milab presents the DC-96C

Milab presents the DC-96C condenser microphone

Helsingborg, Sweden – 2010-03-11

The latest addition to the Milab product family is the DC-96C, a side-addressed large membrane microphone designed mainly for studio work, but also for many live applications. The DC-96C is the latest version of the classic DC-96 series - originally released in 1967 - and has been updated with the latest technology. It shares most of its components, including the capsule, with the DC-196, but like previous DC-96 versions, it is cardioid only and has a single layer mesh grid.

The DC-96C is suitable for a wide range of applications, including studio vocals, acoustic guitar and piano, hi-hats and overheads, guitar amps and more.


* Hand built in Sweden
* Cardioid
* Large rectangular condenser capsule
* 12 dB(A) self noise
* Transformerless
* 12 dB attenuation pad
* 144 dB max. SPL
* Gold plated XLR-connector

Shipped with:

* Individual frequency chart
* Windscreen
* Stand adaptor

The DC-96C will be presented at Prolight + Sound in Frankfurt, March 24-27. Visit Milab in Hall 8.0, booth A47.

Like all Milab models, the DC-96C comes with a lifetime warranty.

About Milab:

The history of Milab Microphones goes all the way back to 1939 when founder Rune Rosander started building microphones. More than 70 years later, all Milab microphones are still built entirely by hand in Sweden. Every microphone is measured independently and shipped with an individual frequency chart. All new Milab microphones come with a lifetime warranty.

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onsdag 3 mars 2010

Bo Kaspers and Milab

The latest issue of MM (the no. 1 Swedish magazine for musicians) contains an interview with Johan Molund, FOH for Swedish band Bo Kaspers Orkester.

They use several Milabs on tour, including VM-44:s for drums and LSR-2000:s for vocals.

Johan talks about a test comparing the VM-44:s to the Sennheiser e604:s:

"The 604 is a very good microphone and easy to use on drums [...] but the difference was really big to Milab's advantage."

"[The VM-44] is really a fantastic microphone that works for pretty much everything."

The Sennheiser is cheaper, but then again, it was made specifically for drums.