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The first thousand are difficult, then it becomes easy!

A year ago in the grip of the pandemic, Stewart Tavener was interviewed by Raphael Tschernuth for the German magazine 'Professional Audio'. The original German interview, along with a review of the Extinct Audio microphone range, can be found in our reviews section, but we thought it would be nice to publish the translated interview here in full.
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The making of Spindle Ensemble's new album INKLING

With the second Spindle Ensemble album, 'INKLING' being released today, Daniel Inzani - the quartet's composer and engineer - tells us about the recording process, the technical and physical considerations of recording a modern chamber quartet, and why ribbons are his 'go to' microphones. "This stereo image is the bulk of the final sound. It really does achieve the immersive live feel of a concert and the BM9’s are exceptional, they have the clarity and the warmth which have made them my go to for almost anything" - Daniel Inzani (Spindle Ensemble).
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Sir Tom Jones latest album hits number 1

At 80 years old Sir Tom Jones has set a new record, becoming the oldest man to top the UK album charts with his latest release "Surrounded By Time". And our BM9's are featured heavily across the whole album!
Watch Tom Jones perform live from Real World
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Ballad Strings - Harry Fausing Smith

"Ballad strings a la Randy Newman today. Always always refer to the eponymous first album for this kinda thing - absolute magic......(& the BM9 is) so good! I use it on just about everything!"
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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