Monday, June 26, 2006

Crowley and Tripp Review - Recording magazine

In the July issue of Recording there is an excellent review of the Crowley and Tripp Studio Vocalist vocal ribbon microphone. Reviewer Scott Dorsey reports that this is, indeed, an optimal vocal mic, and that it has useful side purposes.

An excerpt or two:

"I tried the Studio Vocalist on an alto singer and got the most rounded and clean vocal tone from her."

"...this mic is called the Studio Vocalist, and I'd recommend it for any time you need that rounded tone but need the vocal to be the center of attention in a mix."

Well put, Scott. This is exactly what we designed it for.

As you can see, the Studio Vocalist is on the cover of the magazine. The review is in print and there is not an online version. Recording is a traditional paper magazine. I got this copy from the news stand at the mall. You should look for it.


LarryK said...

Well, it gives me a buzz to see these microphones recognised, my Naked Eye is out of the case more than in. And now....I've just gone over to the other side.....(insert Ray Bradbury theme).........that is to say....the other side of the Naked Eye....whole different sound.

Best for steel string acoustic in my book, IMHO record 10 to 15 inches away for best results.

Bob Crowley said...

Readers should know what a key role Larry played in getting these new ribbon mics up and running.

Glad you enjoy Naked Eye, Larry!

Bob Crowley

Anonymous said...

Our Studio Vocalist never got put away in that cool missile box. It is used every time we record. I like it on make vocals too. Way better than the "alternative". Things shall ne'er be the same Mr. CROWLEY!!!

Bob Crowley said...

Thanks everyone for the flowers.

The Studio Vocalist was a surprise to many because it has the rise needed to bring vocals forward but has none of that tizz character that all but the most expensive condensers seem to have.

If you have the article you will read that Scott had two different people ask what kind of tube mic it is. That tells you something about the sound.

Anthony Resta and Kiryadi at Studio Bopnique in Chelmsford spent a lot of time investigating this mic early on and we have quite a few male and female vocal tracks which all seem to have that clean forward sound to them, and most importantly, the artists like the way their voices are presented with the Studio Vocalist.

A lot went into the development of that mic and it's gratifying to see it take off.

Anonymous said...

That reviewer calls it a "rounded tone" but what I think he means is that there is no top end harshness like the condensers. The SV from C&T has the qualities of the U47 on vocals, but is even cleaner sounding than a u47 and has less noise. This is quite an accomplishment for any microphone, let alone a ribbon microphone. I think C&T has changed the game in a fundamental way. Nunes.

Anonymous said...

I agree with Nune's statement.

The clean top is the key to this mic on vocals. I also have a 47 and had to laugh when i read "the studio vocalist made the 47 sound like the 57" LOL!

Feels like it will last forever - kind of like an RCA, only more BEEF.