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Sound On Sound review the BMx2 & Black Ops

"It’s great to see a British manufacturer thriving and making products that are absolutely world-class, and I can’t recommend Extinct Audio’s mics highly enough."
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Racingbike by .KLEIN

.KLEIN (Lutz Nikolaus Kratzer) recently sent us this unmastered recording of 'Racingbike'. The vocals were recorded using an Extinct Audio BM9 whilst the guitars were recorded using Xaudia upgraded ribbon mics.
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Indian Cello - Asha McCarthy

"This cello was the 2nd made to this design. It was originally designed by Saskia Rao de Haas, who has pioneered the use of cello in Hindustani music. I studied with her in Delhi and eventually had this cello made by the same maker, Eduard Van Tongeren, in Holland". Engineer and producer Daniel Inzani recorded Asha McCarthy playing her incredible-sounding Indian Cello using a spaced pair of BM9 ribbon microphones with FetHead boosters to capture the unique tone of this rare instrument.
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Piano and Hammond at Valleywood Studio

We spent a day at Valley Wood Studios, recording grand piano and Hammond organ with Barkley McKay.
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Latest Reviews

"Black Ops makes a great close mic not only on guitar amps but also on bass amps, where I’d probably hesitate to place anything too delicate. It’s also an excellent vocal mic, particularly for those singers who always seem to sound thin, harsh or sibilant on capacitor mics. I think Stewart has judged the voicing very nicely: there’s still enough proximity effect to bring a welcome heft to sources that need it, but not so much that close-miking things makes them sound boomy or unbalanced. "

 Sound on Sound magazine,  June 2019

"I haven't put it down! It's really surprised me how versatile it is. I'm really impressed with it on amplifiers too - I expected to use it alongside a 57 or 421 but it sounds so good by itself. It's the first time that what I am recording sounds identical to the amplifier in the room. Definitely my go-to set up for clean guitar tones. I could do with another one or ten of these."

Daniel Collins (BM9 ribbon microphone)

"Following the success and critical acclaim of the ‘Viking’ BM9, Extinct Audio have continued the Nordic theme with their latest creation the ‘Valkyr’ BMx2 Blumlien Stereo Ribbon Microphone. If you are looking for a stereo ribbon mic which sounds fantastic and looks stunning this is it! The immediate reaction of performers and audio colleagues is ‘Wow, what is that’? Even the ‘Fenrir’ anti-vibration mount is a beautiful and effective piece of engineering, gripping the mic firmly and making it easy to position...."

Read the full review at Martin Mitchell’s Microphone Blog

"The Extinct Audio BM9s are classy and confidence-inspiring right out of the (very lovely) box. Every engineer I’ve handed them to immediately commented on the heft, build quality, and general good looks….. In every instance the mics were fantastic. Over and over they made my go-to guitar dynamic mics sound broken and one-dimensional in comparison…. At this price they’re a f***ing steal. Buy a pair." Tape Op  (Issue #127). Read the full review here

"The Black Ops mic is stellar. The muted proximity effect is indeed helpful and the Black Ops’ midrange character is different from the standard BM9, making it a different, but great-sounding beast." Scott Evans, antisleep.com

"I want at least 6 of them now!" Nigel Pepper, FOH engineer, Snow Patrol