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Sloper - Live at Rockpalast Crossroads Festival - 2020

Last night Sloper streamed a socially distanced gig live from Rockpalast Crossroads Festival 2020 on youtube. Two drummers. Two Guitarists. Three vocals. Two BM9's. One Black Ops. What's not to like? Featuring drum veterans Cesar Zuiderwijk (Golden Earring) and Mario Goossens (Triggerfinger), along with British singer Pete Shoulder (The Union, Winterville, Silverthorne) and guitarist Fabio Canini the band simply play good, old-fashioned rock 'n' roll. No more, no less.
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Cupid - Emma Halpin

This live recording of 'Cupid', the 3rd track from the upcoming 'Cool Cupid' album by Emma Halpin, was recorded in one full take at home using the Black Ops Extinct Audio microphone, recording acoustic guitar into one side and the vocals into the other. Emma's upcoming debut album, 'Cool Cupid', is set to release worldwide on the 21st of August this year with 9 new original tracks.
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James Newman - Lay It All on Me (Live Acoustic) (Official Audio)

A blumlein pair of BM9's (using a stereo coupler) were used for the acoustic guitar on this live acoustic version of 'Lay It All on Me', by James Newman. Recorded at KONK Studios, the track was engineered by Matt Jaggar.
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Lianne La Havas - The Roundhouse, London

Lianne La Havas played a 'closed' gig at London's Roundhouse last night. The one-off, multi-camera performance was broadcast live via youtube and time zoned to specific regions (UK & Europe / North, Central & South America / Australia & New Zealand). The set was incredible and it was great to see a custom pair of BM9 ribbon mics front & centre!
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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