KEL AUDIO HM-7U
LIST PRICE: $349
The last decade has seen the number of cheap, brittle sounding condenser microphones skyrocket. Most of these are aimed at the home studio market and only succeed in looking like the large diaphragm condensers and tube microphones of the past. The KEL HM-7U large diaphragm condenser microphone is an exception. It offers a full 20Hz – 20kHz frequency response and a “super cardioid” polar pattern at an incredibly reasonable price. Aside from exceptional warmth and clarity, the HM-7U delivers a 6db pad, useful for tracking louder sounds, and a low frequency roll-off filter to help tame unwanted rumble from creeping into your recordings. The HM-7U comes with swivel mount, shock mount and flight case.
This review is part of “The Art of Home Recording” feature in the March/April 2010 issue. Click here to read the full article.