New Focal Alpha Series Monitors

•May 22, 2014 • 9 Comments


You may have gathered that I’m a fan of Focal. I’ve reviewed a few of their speakers in the past, and am always impressed with what they come out with. When they announced that they would be dipping into the sub-thousand dollar pricepoint with their speakers I figured that this would be their one slip up. They would do what so many companies before them have done, capitalize on their brand name and sell a mediocre speaker that was no different than the growing sea of other monitors below a grand a pair. Continue reading ‘New Focal Alpha Series Monitors’

Telefunken Mic Shootout And Site Update

•March 6, 2014 • 1 Comment

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I’ve been MIA for a while. This site has always been in competition with my free time (which is limited). Over the past several months I’ve been spending most of that time making music. When presented with the option of making music, or doing shootouts, I chose the far more awesome one! But I’m back, and will be trying to post more regularly. I have updated some of the files that went missing when I migrated this site from a personal server to the wordpress server so that’s good news. Continue reading ‘Telefunken Mic Shootout And Site Update’

Mic Comparison Tool

•June 6, 2013 • Leave a Comment




Up until a few weeks ago I’d never heard of Lewitt Microphones. We recently brought them on as a line at Sweetwater and I’ve been slowly making my way through their products. Initial impression is good but I haven’t spent enough time with them to really give 

you anything concrete. I hope to post a more in depth review on some of their stuff in the future. For now, I wanted to point you towards an interesting tool that they’ve released. It’s a mic comparison tool that has sound clips of several of their mics and several common competitors. Whether you choose the Lewitt as the winner on each of these comparisons 

or not, this is a really helpful tool to be able to audition some mics that you may or may not have ever heard in a consistent and neutral way. Not everyone has access to an M147, C800, C12, etc so this can be really helpful in gaining some perspective in mic comparisons. You can check it out here.


Until Next Time

The Bearded Man

Telefunken CU-29 Copperhead Review

•May 20, 2013 • Leave a Comment

ImageTelefunken is one of those brands in our industry that carries a lot of weight. Many people hold up their mics, both vintage and new, as golden standards of recorded sound. Whether or not you’re in that camp, I can tell you that the Copperhead is worth a look.

I recently got my hands on this mic and was able to try it on some acoustic guitar tracking and vocal work that I needed to get done anyway. I figured I would kill two, well actually three, birds with one stone.

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Radial Cherry Picker

•February 27, 2013 • 1 Comment


I just came across this new piece from Radial and thought it was worth a write up. Of course I do a lot of mic pre shootouts in my “spare” time and am always trying out new signal chains so I thought the Cherry Picker was a really cool addition to their line. Basically it lets you route one mic out to 4 preamps at the same time and then seamlessly switch between those preamps to see which one works the best. It supplies it’s own phantom power so you can run condensers through it, and it’s a completely passive design so it won’t affect your sound at all. 

Also, as a companion piece to the Cherry Picker, they have the Gold Digger. It’s the same concept in reverse. Plug in four mics, run them out to one preamp, and then switch between to audition mics on the same source. Also has trim pots so you can level match them. 

It seems like every time I’m wishing a very specific, and esoteric product existed, Radial comes out with it. Those Canadians must have their ear to the ground. 🙂

Until Next Time

The Bearded Man

What I Did On My Summer Vacation…

•October 26, 2012 • Leave a Comment



I’ve had a lot of people asking me why I haven’t been updating the blog. Did I lose my beard? Did I lose my gear? I assure you, I have not. My passion for both still runs deep, but I’ve found myself buried with a new venture. Last year, a couple of friends and I decided to start a small record label, Unboxed Records. Needless to say, that has been taking a lot of my free time, and combined with my day job and the family, my spare time to blog and do shootouts was limited. I’ve still been knee deep in gear and hope to get back to posting about it soon as things are starting to calm down a bit with the label. But for now, you should check out one of our artists, who is about to release her first EP produced entirely by one of my customers (Drew Bartels) on an extremely modest setup in his home studio. So head over to Reverb Nation and give her a listen. If you like what you hear, show her some love. 

Until Next Time

The Bearded Man

Don’t Judge A Mic By It’s Price

•June 11, 2012 • 3 Comments

As per my latest post I’ve set out to record every song that I’ve written as a sort of living memorial for my family in case something were to happen to me. But what can I say? I’m still a gear head. I couldn’t just throw up a couple of mics and start tracking. It has to sound good, right? Surely my children will notice the poor off axis response of a certain microphone on these recordings, right? Well probably not, but nevertheless I can’t just record a bunch of terrible sounding stuff. I won’t be able to rest in peace with that.
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