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Earthworks ETHOS Streaming and Broadcasting Microphone — Silver

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Studiocare Professional Audio Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, registration number 778381. The pins are in no danger of damage, fitted flush into its body with a notch for the usual locking mechanism found on standard cables.

Attaching and positioning the ETHOS to my mic stand was easy; you’ll undoubtedly appreciate the included Earthworks’ M2-R ball-mount.

The next step up is often XLR, an analog alternative that usually offers less latency and higher fidelity recordings. Some people often try many different microphone models before settling on the one that suits their voice or playing style perfectly. Like many mics that made Earthworks a big name, the ETHOS utilizes a small-diaphragm condenser capsule, which allows it to deliver nuanced and accurate vocal recordings with extended highs. The ETHOS's supercardioid small-diaphragm capsule offers a flat frequency response between 20 Hz to 30 kHz with a 145 dB SPL rating, according to manufacturer specs.

Its versatility goes far beyond just recording vocals and might be a little excessive for your average content creator. However, I found that with ETHOS, despite being a condenser microphone, which is prone to picking up a lot of background noise, it excels in noise and shock rejection. In addition, the ETHOS Broadcast is able to handle very high sound pressure levels without distorting, making it an ideal choice for loud musical performances. It’s simple to clean or replace, and the foam, mesh, and steel combination means even the most enthusiastic vocal personalities are unlikely to require any aftermarket augmentation. As on that mic, a foam plosive filter forms part of an overall cylindrical shape, and can be removed to leave the capsule housing looking slightly naked.The boosted sensitivity provided by the condenser setup over dynamic proves useful for accurately recording instruments, but the crisp high-end is a real treat for vocals. It plays well with all types of voices and offers the sharpness of broadcast with the clarity that is expected from an Earthworks microphone. In many cases these records were made with limited gear options, on 4- or 8-track machines using simple dynamic mics such as a Shure SM57 or SM58, and in some instances even less attractive options. Earthworks’ philosophy is one of pursuing fast transient response, for which a small-diaphragm design excels.

Lately, I've been ruminating about some of my favorite recordings and why they sound the way they do. Based on Earthworks' reputation for building microphones with presence and clarity, the Ethos goes a step further, offering an intimacy and warmth that matches the sound of any voice while anticipating the needs of the sound engineer. Some of these issues can be overcome by speaking closer to the microphone – roughly 2-3 inches away. The Ethos is a sure bet if you want a mic that sounds as neutral as possible but can deliver that warm FM broadcasting tone. And, having refined their core technology, they are now introducing it into new form factors in the hope of overcoming our resistance to using small‑diaphragm mics for vocals.The lows are rich and full-bodied, even when the vocals are backed off the mic a bit – I liked the ETHOS's overall sound with most sources at a distance of four to six inches off the front of the mic. Designed to meet the needs of the talent, the engineer, and the audience, ETHOS will capture every nuance and transient to provide the most realistic sound reproduction possible.

If you're planning to attach this microphone to a somewhat simpler arm mount, this extra degree of freedom is magnificent. For example, it can be used up close for a warmer effect or positioned over a foot away for improved plosive rejection and clarity- it truly blurs the lines between broadcast and studio microphones. Earthworks make several different sizes of small‑diaphragm electret capsule, and the ETHOS uses their 14mm design, configured here to deliver a supercardioid polar pattern.PayPal UK Ltd, Whittaker House, Whittaker Avenue, Richmond-Upon-Thames, Surrey, United Kingdom, TW9 1EH. The microphone is exceptionally well made and sounds fantastic with or without post-processing, matching its marketing toward professional broadcasters and at-home streamers. It should be noted that the ETHOS uses a small diaphragm (14mm) condenser capsule, which is very unusual for a broadcast vocal mic. In truth, the mic is extremely natural in its reproduction, with a very pleasant weight and detail to the sound when used close-miced on voice.

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