Mattyy wrote:Forgive me if I missed something. I read this thread. I read the SOS review. I wasn't able to find any audio samples anywhere.
I'm excited about the possibilities that digital mics present.
I would love to hear a shootout between perhaps these Neumann models and their analogue counterparts maybe?
Maybe someone could pit them against an industry standard, well known combo stereo small diaphragm pair/GML or Millenia pre.
If anybody knows of where I can hear high quality audio examples I would love to entertain the idea of saving for these.
Forget "audio samples", they tell you very little - especially if they have been mangled into MP3 files.
What you get with AES42 digital microphones is the sound of the microphone without any of the colouration that analogue pre-amplifiers add.
You also get a better signal/noise ratio because the sound is digitised in the microphone and you do not have to back-off in the mic. pre. nor ADC to allow headroom for peaks.
Also - the signal is not affected by any stray RF pick-up like analogue signals, so you get a cleaner sound.
Each little thing in the analogue chain adds a bit of noise and distortion, mostly very low and is hardly noticed. But the lack of this on a digital mic. *is* noticeable.
I'll see if I can get a CD quality (16/44.1 uncompressed) sample hosted somewhere that I can link to (now I have a Copy
account with free storage) I will try and put something up.
In the meantime, send me a PM with a snail-mail address and I'll send you a CD.