IT'S NEW GEAR DAY!!! This time around I'm introducing the Mojave Audio MA-300 Multi-pattern Tube Condenser Microphone. Okay so since I'm doing a review of this bad mamma jamma it's assumed that I've already had the opportunity to work with this mic, yes? Yes. So let's get this going shall we?
Okay, opening this case (Pictured above) was indeed a sight to behold! This was an experience, unlike anything I've ever had the opportunity to check out before! I haven't had the opportunity to work with much in the ways of Audio Gear and hardware, but this was on a whole other level than what I'm used to. This piece of kit is the most money I've ever put into a piece of audio gear! At $1,399.00 + Tax on Sweetwater, this beautiful piece of kit came out to about just over $1,500. Overall the first impressions from just opening the box floored me and highly exceeded my expectations.
HOW DOES IT SOUND?:
I have a few various microphones in my collection, I've got an Aston Origin, a Neumann TLM 102, a cheap set of CAD drum mics, and a Rode M5 Matched Pair, so I'm running the gamut of price-points here. With each mic having its own character and sound, the MA-300 is a high step above the rest in my collection. It's not 1,000,000% perfect, but damn it sounds phenomenal!
So far I've only had the opportunity to try it on vocals, but of course, that's with all of my microphones. My studio primarily records vocals, but I'm always open to recording anything I can get my hands on. To get back on track, the MA-300 sounds absolutely exceptional on male vocals, a very nice low-end warmth to it makes it a nice choice for most male vocalists. Female vocals I believe this would sound wonderful on depending on the singer, that said, the high-end frequencies on this microphone are nice, smooth, silky and clear. No super high pitched buzz in the background like you'd find on cheaper mics.
In both cases of Male Vocals AND Female Vocals, this will depend on who is in front of the mic. Of course, that's every microphone though, there's no one-size-fits-all microphone thatI've ever known of, but yea this mic is definitely a beast at handling vocals. I can't wait to try it out on more kinds of sources!
Here's a song I recorded with a client using this microphone.
IS IT WORTH THE MONEY?
HELL YEAH, IT IS!!!
If you have $1,500 in the bank and you're a recording artist, this is definitely the microphone to pick up!
I want to give a shoutout to my Sweetwater Sales Engineer, Jason Koons, for Recommending this microphone to me! It's a stunning example of what's possible in sound!
Buy it here: Mojave Audio MA-300 Tube Condenser Microphone
NOW THE TECHIE LINGO:
TRANSDUCER TYPE: Externally polarized, pressure gradient capacitor - double diaphragm.
DIAPHRAGM: 1-inch diameter, gold sputtered
DIAPHRAGM THICKNESS: 3 Microns
SENSITIVITY: -37dB, re. 1V/pa
MAXIMUM SPL: 120 dB with pad off, 135 dB with pad on.
DISTORTION: < 1% @ 117 dB SPL , < 3% @ 125 dB SPL with pad off < 1% @ 132 dB SPL, < 3% @ 140 dB SPL with pad on
SELF NOISE: 14dB nominal, not to exceed 16dB (A weighted) PAD: 15 dB BASS CUT: 6 dB per octave below 100 hertz. DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT:
Carrying case, Shock20 Hz to 20 kHz, ±3 dB at "flat" setting of the bass cut switch. Bass cut switch provides 6 dB per octave attenuation below 100 Hertz in "cut" setting
POLAR PATTERN: Continuously variable from omnidirectional to figure-eight.
FREQUENCY RESPONSE: 20 Hz to 20 KHZ, ±3 dB at "flat" setting of bass cut switch. Bass cut switch provides 6 dB per octave attenuation below 100 Hertz in "cut" setting