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The Rode M2 builds on the success of Røde’s TEC Award-winning S1 microphone

April 23, 2009

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The Rode M2 builds on the success of Røde’s TEC Award-winning S1 microphone, the company’s first condenser aimed at performance applications.

Condenser microphones are not generally used in live applications because of their perceived fragility and susceptibility to feedback. And that’s where the M2 is very different from a condenser aimed at studio use. To protect the M2 from the rough treatment it’s likely to encounter on stage, the capsule is suspended within a shockmounting system built into the mic’s heavy-duty metal body. To prevent the microphone picking up signals that might cause feedback, the M2’s capsule has been engineered to provide a super-cardioid pickup pattern. This means the microphone will reject sound sources in front of and to the sides of the capsule, capturing only the sound from directly in front of it.

RODE M2 LIVE PERFORMANCE CONDENSER MICROPHONE SPECIFICATIONS

Power: P24/48V phantom power.
Acoustic Principle: Pressure gradient.
Directional Pattern: Super-Cardioid.
Frequency range: 35Hz – 20kHz.
Output impedance: 50 ohms.
Signal noise ratio: 71dB SPL (A – weighted per IEC651).
Equivalent noise: 23dBA SPL (A – weighted per IEC651).
Maximum SPL: 141dB (@1kHz, 1% THD into 1kohms load).
Maximum output voltage: +5.2dBu (@1kHz, 1% THD into 1kohms load).
Sensitivity: -44dB re 1 Volt/Pascal (6.3 mV @ 94 dB SPL) +/- 2 dB @ 1kHz.
Weight: 308gm.
Dimensions: 187mmH x 47mmW x 47mmD.

RODE M2 LIVE PERFORMANCE CONDENSER MICROPHONE FEATURES

Live condenser vocal microphone.
Feedback rejecting supercardioid pickup pattern.
Locking on/off switch.
Heavy-duty metal body.
Integrated shock mounting system to minimise handling noise.
High level of Radio Frequencies rejection.
Low handling noise.
Designed and manufactured in Australia.
Zip pouch and stand mount with 3/8-inch thread adapter included.

Reviews”The RØDE M2 offers a viable alternative to a dynamic vocal mic and produces a near studio-quality result for a surprisingly affordable price. Given its sensible price, robust build and high sound quality, it would be churlish of me not to give it the thumbs up in all departments.” – Performing Musician, November 2008

“This mic could be the ‘Swiss Army’ mic of your collection. We struggled to find where this mic is out of its depth. The M2 seems to have the strength and durability, plus excellent sound reproduction, that helps it fit the bill as a mic equally effective for studio and live performance.” – Pickup, November 2008

“In terms of dynamic range and capacity to deliver a robust monitor level before feedback, the M2 is an outstanding product. The quality of reproduction in the mains was comparable to that of a mic four times the price… I was able to get a big increase in level before feedback [in place of Beta58]… It featured less [bleed] than I would expect from a dynamic… Based on this test alone I’d purchase a handful of M2s for my mic kit.” – Canadian Musician

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Noel Gallager and Focusrite combine for TCT live sessions

April 1, 2009

Oasis songwriter teams up with Focusrite and Gareth Johnson to record and mix live sound for Teenage Cancer Trust…

Noel Gallagher Teenage Cancer Trust gig

Noel Gallagher at his Teenage Cancer Trust gig

Gareth Johnson is no stranger to recording live music. For years now he’s been drafted in for live mixing duties for the likes of Kasabian, The Who, Kaiser Chiefs and Duffy. Now he’s adding Noel Gallagher to a CV that’s littered with A-listers from the cream of major record labels and a stack of independents too.

For the last four years Gareth has also been involved with the Teenage Cancer Trust (TCT) gigs, an annual outing for the charity that sees them pack the Royal Albert Hall (RAH) for a week of stellar performances from some of the biggest stars of the day.

As a part of raising awareness for the week-long festival, which kicked off  March 24th, Gareth has been drafted in to capture the sound of rock‘n’roll once again.

To coincide with this year’s concerts, Noel Gallagher released the recordings of his performance at TCT RAH in 2007. The Oasis singer and songwriter performed a selection of Oasis’ greatest songs, as well as some of his favourite tracks by other artists, including There Is A Light That Never Goes Out by The Smiths and Butterfly Collector with Paul Weller.

The new live disc, The Dreams We Have As Children, was released digitally and as an exclusive covermounted 11-track CD with The Sunday Times.

Over the years Gareth has become a tour-de-force on the live circuit, assembling a rig that he can rely on to get the best results – the artists he’s recording are global superstars, so there can be no compromise and no second takes.

Gareth and his Liquid Mix

Gareth and his Liquid Mix

“To capture the performance we use Focusrite Octopre preamps. I chose them because they’re reliable and neutral enough to leave scope for a wide range of mix options.”

“Then for mixdown, I need to be able to instantly recall settings on complex mixes with high track counts, which is where Focusrite’s Liquid Mix comes into its own. Working with racks of traditional outboard on projects like this would be a massive pain, but with Liquid Mix it’s just not an issue.”

“Basically Liquid Mix has revolutionised the mix process by enabling me to introduce some great tones and colour into my mixes. No patchbays, no dodgy cables – just a virtual rack stocked full of the finest outboard known to man!”

Using Liquid Mix also means I can keep costs to an absolute minimum, which is essential when working with the TCT. So the whole rig consists of Focusrite Octopres at the front end, then into the Macbook Pro (and Logic) before bringing in the Liquid Mix. Finally I run the audio through an external 16 channel summing box before taking a stereo mix back into the computer. Of course good monitoring is always important, and for this I use my trusted KRKs.

“The Liquid Mix is a real solution for a very real problem. Yes, of course I want bottomless pockets to buy loads of great outboard for my studio, but that’s just not going to happen. I can, however, afford the Liquid Mix, which is much more convenient and packs just as much of a punch. Ultimately, what we have here is a revolutionary product.”

“Dynamic convolution is a great asset in the studio. I own a few of the units that have been emulated on Liquid Mix, and while it’s nice to look at a rack full of expensive outboard gear, in the context of a large multi-track mix you would be hard pressed to tell the difference between the emulation and the real thing.”

“Liquid Mix is a great way to get character, colour and tone into your mix, and really useful for getting elements to jump out in the mix. I used API 550b emulations on the guitars, I love the 1176 on the vocal, while for the strings I opted for the Massive Passive emulation. Then I used the SSL G series comp to glue the mix together. And the results? Well, they’re just awesome.”

Links:

Liquid Mix at Dolphin

Teenage Cancer Trust website

Oasis Myspace page

The Complete Noel Gallagher Gear Guide

To view Oasis gear available at Dolphin Music, please visit the Oasis Artist Page