Charanga Sue and the British Academy Research Project

We recently advised on, and supplied microphones for, the British Academy research project led by Dr Sue Miller and Dr Paul Thompson (Leeds Beckett University, Leeds School of Arts) investigating, "...the performance aesthetics of Latin music in the recording studio using a variety of approaches including the technique of experimental archaeology."
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Laura Marling at Union Chapel

"This one-off, ticketed livestream show for UK and European fans sets the new standard for live music during quarantine". (NME)
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Marcus Mumford - You'll Never Walk Alone

A pair of BM9's make a guest appearance in Marcus Mumford's recent filming of 'You'll Never Walk Alone'. Filmed in Isolation during the Coronavirus Pandemic, all proceeds to Grenfell Foundation and War Child UK.
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That 60s Recording Podcast

Our friend, expert drummer and self confessed Beatles obsessive Joe Montague, recently launched 'That 60's Recording Podcast', where every fortnight he chats with a different guest about ideas and techniques on all things vintage recording and production! In episode #3 Joe is joined by Stewart to discuss the history of microphones, Russians, Skunks and building microphones.
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Latest Reviews

I had the review BM9 ribbon microphones on loan for a couple of months, and on every occasion where I needed either a figure‑8 microphone or a characteristically ‘ribbon‑y’ sound, they stepped up and delivered the goods. Not only do they sound great… they’re stylish, lightweight and easy to position… and they’re built like a tank, and usable on quiet sources. In short, the BM9 presents a very nicely judged balance of the classic and the modern, at a price level you don’t normally associate with ‘boutique’ microphones. I have bought the review pair!

Sam Inglis, Sound On Sound - April 2018

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.

Sam Inglis, Sound On Sound - June 2019

Whichever model you choose, the Ex-tinct BM9 and Black Ops are a great blend of classic ribbon tone, built and tailored to the modern studio. They’re well made, classy looking, and despite being from a young company, they will quickly feel like tried and true friends.More good news: the BM9 and Black Ops are a respectable $617 each. This is a great deal for quality, UK made, hand built ribbon mics.

Paul Vnuk Jr, Recording - January 2020

Was haben Komponisten wie Nils Frahm, Hollywood-Legende John Williams und Bands wie Snow Patrol und Foals gemeinsam? Richtig, sie alle verwenden Bändchenmikrofone des englischen Herstellers Extinct Audio. Autor Raphael Tschernuth hat alle drei Mikrofonmodelle unter die Lupe genommen und konnte dem viel beschäftigten Inhaber Stewart Tavener ein spannendes Interview über eine wiederauferstandene Spezies entlocken.

Raphael Tschernuth, Professional Audio (german press) - June 2020

Wat opvalt is de degelijkheid en de bouwkwaliteit van zowel de BM9 als de speciale microfoonklemmen. De expertise en ervaring van Extinct Audio blijkt overduidelijk. Deze ribbonmicrofoon maakt prachtige, open en gedefi – neerde opnamen met een goede balans tussen karakter en transparantie. Het proximity-effect bij deze microfoon is erg sterk; dat maakt hem zeer geschikt als aanvullende microfoon. Maar hij kan ook zeker in z’n eentje een opname dragen. Het middengebied is, evenals het tophoog, zeer gedefi neerd, rustig en transparant, ook bij hoge volumes. Door de prachtige, open klank kun je rustig stellen dat de BM9 een stuk duurder klinkt dan dat hij daadwerkelijk is.

Sascha Meijer, Interface Magazine (dutch press) - May 2020

"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