Audio Test Kitchen

Compare the audio of over 300 microphones.

Compare the audio of over 300 microphones on a variety of audio sources, from guitars to drums to vocals. Test them blindly to get rid of bias. Created in partnership with 65 manufacturers to be reliable, standardized, and trustworthy representations. 🎀🎸πŸ₯
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Brendan Ciccone
Hunter
Designer // Musician // Maker
Buying a microphone can be a gamble. Some microphones work great on certain instruments and fail completely on others. Some have extra highs or deeper lows. Some microphones can be several thousand dollars and be outperformed by microphones of just a few hundred dollars. πŸ‘€ As a musician and producer, one of the most annoying things is being unable to walk into a music store and try different microphones. Even audio samples found on YouTube are extremely inconsistent. Audio Test Kitchen fixes that by providing a perfect environment to compare microphone audio. They created this project in conjunction with a ton of respected brands. It looks like they have plans to move onto pedals, guitar amps, and much more! I'm personally excited to see where they take this. 🎸
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Brendan Ciccone
Hunter
Designer // Musician // Maker
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@brendanciccone I do all my recording on mobile devices so not yet but can't wait until the tool is available on mobile. I do most of my recording while walking and talking outside so very excited for the opportunity to see what may work for me.
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love it, amazing tool.
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Brendan Ciccone
Hunter
Designer // Musician // Maker
@nfrost yeah I've found it to be super useful in figuring out what mic I'm adding to my mic locker next. 😁
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Everyone who bought microphones before knows the struggle, great idea!
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Brendan Ciccone
Hunter
Designer // Musician // Maker
@maciej_sieminski I'm super excited that they seem to have an initiative to bring it to other gear like amplifiers or effect pedals too!
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What about microphones for podcasting or video courses? Is this tool useful for that purpose as well? The main challenge usually is the sub-standard acoustics and isolation of the recording room.
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Brendan Ciccone
Hunter
Designer // Musician // Maker
@doomhammer this is more for figuring out different tonal styles and characteristics microphones have. For dealing with sub-standard acoustics and poor isolation, I'd simply recommend going with a dynamic mic, such as an SM7B.
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@brendanciccone looks like a great choice, I've got a few recommendations for that previously. Are you aware of anything similar but within half the budget, though?
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Brendan Ciccone
Hunter
Designer // Musician // Maker
@doomhammer SM58 gets you about 90% of the same sound quality. Pair it with a CL-1 Cloudlifter or another preamp and you should have some great, clean audio. 😁
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