Earthworks' new stage vocal mic offers excellent specs, and sounds every bit as classy as it looks!
Earthworks microphones have always embodied a very distinctive ethos, aiming to capture sound with the highest possible fidelity across the widest possible frequency range, and laying particular emphasis on the accurate representation of transients. It's a philosophy which has won their omnidirectional studio mics many admirers, especially among engineers who favour a natural drum sound, and it's one that Earthworks have carried through into their range of vocal mics.
The first of these was the SR40V, a back-electret stage vocal mic that was reviewed back in SOS December 2011. This was followed last year by the SV33, another end-address vocal mic but one intended primarily for studio recording. Both of these are premium models with price tags to match, but now Earthworks have drawn on the technology used in the SV33 to create a more affordable counterpart designed for both stage and studio.
Like the SV33, the SR314 is an end-address mic that uses a small-diaphragm cardioid capacitor capsule; and, again like the SV33, its design is optimised not only to pick up the wanted audio with optimum clarity and faithfulness, but to reject off-axis audio evenly through the frequency...