FAQ - How not to clean a microphone

A studio ribbon microphone should not need much in the way of cleaning. You can use a damp cloth to wipe it down but avoid strong solvents and metal polish.
Here are a few things not to do...

FAQ - A few words about leaving the EU

For now at least, we can continue to send parcels to our friends and customers in Europe without any customs checks or unexpected charges. And we can still take your repairs without additional paperwork.
What happens now?

Julius Keisari & Suave - Heitteri (Finnish hip-hop recorded with two mics!)

"The recording process is challenging for both the engineer and the band. The space, the band and the atmosphere create a unique moment in the recording where everything is at its best. The recording is live and every musician is responsible for playing dynamics and playing the right thing." Juha Keinänen.
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'Okemah Sundown' by Spindle Ensemble

Recorded and mixed by the band's Daniel Inzani using his new mobile studio set up and lots of ribbon mics from Extinct Audio, 'Okemah Sundown' by Spindle Ensemble recently aired on Late Junction - BBC Radio 3. “Seriously impressive…I love these new tracks.” Nick Luscombe (Late junction, BBC radio 3).
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Latest Reviews

"With each Ribbon microphone fitted and tuned from their York-based UK facility by non-other than Stewart Tavener himself, Extinct Audio are fast gaining a reputation for extremely high quality, well-constructed ribbon microphones at a very attractive price-point. With a detailed yet vintage tone, the BM9 combines modern utility with classic design - exhibiting extremely low noise, rich lows and a clear, intelligible top-end. Beautifully made, with a fantastic sound too boot - well worth a spot on your 2020 wish-list."

Funky Junk, London

"Just wanted to say after using the Black Ops mic over a few months now. This is the most amazing microphone I’ve ever used. I feel inspired using it, the warmth and richness from this is what I’ve been searching for, for quite some time. The build quality is solid and the design is quite special. This microphone makes me smile every time I see it."

Dominic Halpin

"Used my BM9 on vocals the other day and it was lovely. A little high shelf boost, a little low cut - sounded big and rich and detailed AND I was surprised at how much level I got from it. Really nice!"

Scott Evans, Antisleep

"The build quality on the BM9s is amazing, I’m very impressed with them (and the box too, beautifully made!) I shall definitely recommend you highly to anyone I know in need of ribbon mics or repair. "

Dan Skinner, SkinnerBrosMusic, Liverpool, UK

"Hi Adam/Stewart The two BM9s arrived safely on Tuesday and I've spent the last couple of days trying them out in various ways on my new Shigeru SK5 chamber grand. The only word that comes to mind is - perfect. Up till now I've been using a Royer SF12 and various other mics but these are the absolute icing on the cake. May your business go from strength to strength."

Paul Carroll, Spiral Music, UK

"I received the [Extinct Audio] transformer well packed and thank you for the gift ;) I've done some tests with very good results. Warm, sweet sound. Detailed but very soft in the high range. Bass is open and large."

Maël Bellec, France (Melodium 42B replacement transformer)