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WIN! Earthworks DK25/L Drum Mic Kit

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Earthworks this month are offering the chance to WIN DK25/L Drum Mic Kit Worth £1488

Based in New Hampshire, USA, Earthworks Audio was created by David Blackmer, with the intention of producing the best-sounding speakers in the world. However, when the need arose to make precise audio measurements, the best measurement microphones of the time, to Blackmer’s ears, were lacking. To ensure that he had tools that were up to the job, he went about designing his own reference microphone, which received such a positive response that Earthworks have been making mics ever since. Their ‘High Definition’ designs all feature an extended frequency response, fast transient response, near-perfect polar pattern and pure signal path. 

An Earthworks mic would grace any studio or live setup, and this month you could be in with a chance of winning a trio of these precision devices: the DK25/L drum-mic kit of three beautifully engineered SR25 small-diaphragm cardioid condensers, presented in a swish aluminium briefcase. In our review of the SR25 (, Technical Editor Hugh Robjohns said that the mic delivered “a very creditable sound” and that the “clarity, depth, spaciousness and attack of these Earthworks mics [was] impressive.”

The DK25 kit comes in two variants, the DK25/L and the DK25/R, with the suffixes denoting ‘Live’ and ‘Recording’ respectively, and each kit containing appropriate hardware for these applications. The ‘L’ variant up for grabs here includes, as well as the three mics, a windshield and Earthworks’ own KickPad device, a small, XLR-equipped kick-drum processor intended to let you achieve an “instant kick-drum sound”. Plugged between the mic and the preamp, it serves as both a pad and a passive equaliser.When you’ve miked up the kick with one SR25, the remaining pair will do sterling work as overheads, and while the mics are particularly suited to live sound work, with their uniform off-axis response and low susceptibility to acoustic feedback, they’ll be just as much at home back in the studio. Wherever you use them, they’re also particularly suitable for other sound sources where transient information is very important, such as acoustic guitars, tuned percussion and piano. 

To be in with a chance of winning this impressive prize just fill out the form answering all of the questions (including the tie-breaker), the deadline for entries is 13th May 2013.

Prize kindly provided by Unity audio.

Unity audio +44 (0)1799 520786.

the small print

  • Only one entry per person is permitted.
  • Employees of SOS Publications Group, Unity Audio, Earthworks Audio and their immediate families are ineligible for entry.
  • No cash alternative is available in lieu of the stated prize.
  • The competition organisers reserve the right to change the specification of the prize offered.
  • The judges' decision is final and legally binding, and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • No other correspondence is to be included with competition entries.
  • Please ensure that you give your DAYTIME telephone number on your entry form.
  • Prize winners must be prepared to make themselves available in the event that the competition organisers wish to make a personal presentation.