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The Berserker sells out... in under three minutes!

On Monday 18th October 2021, at 10am BST, our limited edition Berserker ribbon microphone went live on the web shop - and sold out in under three minutes! A limited run of six hand cast, hand built microphones, the Berserker from Extinct Audio is a low noise ribbon microphone aimed at recording voices, but which can be used for pretty much anything. The sound is somewhat 1940s vintage in character but with modern output levels and extremely low noise for a passive ribbon microphone. The Berserker gives voices a larger-than-life sound, perfect for jazz divas of all eras.
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Kris Ragnstam from They Owe Us talks about Extinct Audio on the Brian Funk podcast

"We sound checked every microphone, and then when it came to the stereo Extinct microphone he said, "what's that?!?". I told him it's a British ribbon microphone. He went online and bought it right that very moment - boom! I need that! They have something unique with their sound, it's by far one of the best ribbon microphones I've recorded with. It's an amazing microphone!"
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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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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