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DirtMic-01 Phantom Powered Distortion Pedal in a Microphone

Postby DrAlienSmith » Tue Aug 28, 2018 1:09 pm

Introducing the DirtMic-01, a new approach to overdriving and distorting sounds. It’s the ultimate character microphone, but instead of the usual lo-fi or vintage sound, we’ve created a monster by installing a distortion pedal circuit into an existing microphone, the Superlux D112.

The DirtMic circuit has been designed to run off 48v phantom power and it's transformer balanced so you just plug the microphone straight into any mixer or interface via the XLR connector. Its a simple solution with no need for extra pedals, DI boxes or guitar amps.

The DirtMic-01 proudly distorts and contorts everything you point it at. The amount of gain is controlled by the ‘pre-gain’ volume pot on the mic itself. Higher gain settings on the right of the dial work best in the recording studio for capturing uniquely dirty flavors from any source. Lower gain settings on the left of the dial can suit live vocal performance (although the PA quality and vocal style always play a big part in live distortion success).

The DirtMic-01 comes with with a protective mic pouch, a manual and its covered by a 12 month repair or replace guarantee.

Pre-orders for the mic are now up on our Reverb Store, $198 AUD (approx $145 US, £113) plus postage with the mics shipping on the 3rd of September. After the pre-orders are finished, the RRP will be $220 AUD pp.

Dirtmic-01 Distortion Microphone by DrAlienSmith | Reverb

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Re: DirtMic-01 Phantom Powered Distortion Pedal in a Microphone

Postby DrAlienSmith » Tue Aug 28, 2018 1:16 pm

Here is an intro video for the Dirtmic-01

https://youtu.be/S9UxzrKZOV4
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Re: DirtMic-01 Phantom Powered Distortion Pedal in a Microphone

Postby DrAlienSmith » Thu Aug 30, 2018 3:56 am

Here's a DirtMic-01 Test on a Bass Amp.

https://soundcloud.com/draliensmith/dirtmic-01-bass-amp-test-with-the-devil-rides-out

Here's the details of the test...

This is an audio example of the DirtMic-01 being used on a bass amp. I'm using the original 2013 mix session for the band The Devil Rides Out and the song is 'Ugly Creatures'.

I've taken a 12 second loop from the song and taken out all of the original mix bass tracks apart from the clean DI. I have then re-amped the DI and recorded the bass amp with a DirtMic-01 and a CAD M179 (which is the clean mic). The DI was then also removed from the mix. There are no distortion pedals involved and the DirtMic-01 track is completely dry, no eq, no compression. This loop plays through 11 times with different combinations of the instruments and the mics so you can hear how the DirtMic-01 works on a bass amp. This is what you're hearing....

00:00 Both mics on Bass Amp with Drums and Guitars
00:12 Bass only, DirtMic-01
00:24 Bass only, Clean mic
00:36 Bass only, both mics
00:48 Bass and Drums, DirtMic-01
01:00 Bass and Drums, Clean mic
01:13 Bass and Drums, both mics
01:25 Bass, Drums and Guitars, DirtMic-01
01:37 Bass, Drums and Guitars, Clean mic
01:49 Bass, Drums and Guitars, both mics
02:01 Same again but Guitars 2db louder

The bass amp used is a Fender Rumble 350 and the cab is an Ashdown 1x15. Both mics were plugged straight into the preamps on my M-Audio Profire 2626 interface.
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Re: DirtMic-01 Phantom Powered Distortion Pedal in a Microphone

Postby DrAlienSmith » Mon Sep 17, 2018 6:51 am

Reverb doesn't do combined postage very well so I've added a separate listing to buy a pair of DirtMic-01's.

A Pair Of Dirtmic-01 Distortion Microphones by DrAlienSmith | Reverb

This listing features cheaper postage and a $20 AUD discount for buying two mics :)

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Re: DirtMic-01 Phantom Powered Distortion Pedal in a Microphone

Postby DrAlienSmith » Thu Sep 27, 2018 1:15 am

I've uploaded a new DirtMic-01 sound test on Souncloud. This is a bit of a niche use but I've been working on a mix recently that needed some 'excitement' added to flat sounding heavy guitars. That started me down a wormhole of re-amping with the DirtMic-01 that had some interesting results. I can't use the recent mix as the songs haven't been released yet so for this sound test I've used an old session from 2017 to duplicate the results.

DirtMic-01 Guitar Re-Amping With Tartarus by DrAlienSmith | Dr Alien Smith | Free Listening on SoundCloud

The purpose of this test was not to replace the original guitar sound but to enhance it by adding some depth/excitement to the guitars with the DirtMic-01.

The original guitar sound was played live with the drums and bass through a Marshall MA100H head and a 1960 quad box, recorded with a Shure 545 microphone. I've edited in a second rhythm track from later in the song so there is a left and a right guitar part. The Re-Amp sound was recorded through a Pisdiyauwot distortion pedal into the clean channel of a Bugera 333xl-212 combo and mic'd up with the DirtMic-01 placed 46 cm, 18 inches, from the speaker (see the picture on the soundcloud page).

The loop is repeated 10 times with different variations of original and re-amped sound. This is what you'll hear...

00:00 Band and both guitar sounds on
00:19 Solo'd original guitars
00:39 Solo both guitar sounds together
00:59 Solo re-amped DirtMic-01
01:18 Band and original guitars
01:38 Band and both guitar sounds
01:58 Band and original guitars
02:18 Band and both guitar sounds
02:37 Band and original guitars 2db louder
02:57 Band and both sounds 2db louder
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