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Groove Tubes Microphones and M-Audio DMP3 Microphone Preamp

Near the turn of the millennium, large diaphragm condenser microphones started creeping into the market with sub-$200 price tags and many recording hobbyists pulled out their credit cards. I bought one myself, and while gaining the utility of a large diaphragm mike for such a low price got me that much closer to the big sound I was after, my excitement died down when I realized that these bottom-of-the-line mikes sound like good mikes draped in wool blankets-muted highs and muddy lows. To get clear, detailed sound you still have to shell out some more bones.

Today, the prices on quality capsules are coming down, and a new crop of Groove Tubes microphones has brought to the market a line of affordable, versatile and impressive sounding condensers every hi-fi-aspiring home recordist and studio engineer should consider.

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