Although traditionally associated with measurement and instrument microphones, Earthworks also like to shake things up once in a while by producing studio vocal mics and, at NAMM, they surprised us all by producing a live vocal condenser mic. What’s more, the new SR314 is made of solid (and very shiny) stainless steel — so it certainly stands out. In true Earthworks fashion, the mic offers a very consistent polar pattern (tight cardioid in this case) with excellent rejection at the rear of the mic when we tried it out on the booth at the show, with all that this implies for decent resistance to feedback. (See video below of the demo SOS Features Editor Sam Inglis received on the Earthworks booth at NAMM).
Earthworks claim an extended frequency response of 20-30kHz and that the SR314 can handle SPLs up to 145dB, which will also stand it in good stead in a live context. Shipping in early Spring with a supplied MC4 mic clip and a padded protective bag, the SR314 will retail for $874 in the USA£699 in the UK. A wireless version of the mic is planned for later in the year.