Tuesday, July 04, 2006
Fostex and Audio Technica Similarities
Does anyone know if Fostex had or has an arrangement with Audio Technica? I have no knowledge of any connection, but there are some strong similarities in the way the Fostex MS Stereo (not a ribbon microphone, but a so-called "printed ribbon" dynamic mic) and this Audio Technica mic shown here, are made.
The matte black finish, the way certain tapers are machined, the stacked design method, and other details make me think they come from related factories. Of course both mics are from Japanese companies. The Fostex was made in Japan, and is very high quality. I do not know where the Audio Technica mic is made.
One thing that looks like a Feilo (Shanghai website) (USA website) element is that mount with the cast mushroom top and the ring arrangement, and its squarish plastic knob. That does NOT mean that there is any connection between Audio Technica and Feilo. We also buy mounts from Feilo at times and they are of good quality. No suggestion is made that the microphones are made in China or anywhere specifically, as I do not know.
You can't see the powder coated screen from the Fostex but it was identical in mesh and texture to the AT. The AT uses an adhesive label in a groove to mark the mic. That looked good on The Grampian, and it looks OK here, too. The Fostex has a very sublime pad printed mark done in a spectacular subdued robin's egg blue. It glows.
Someone from AT or Fostex please?
July 10, 2006: I've been informed that there is no connection via an email. So I assume these are only aesthetic elements that are common to Japanese microphones. In any case, I admire the quality of the machining and the finish.
Posted by Bob Crowley at 11:55 AM