THE ALIEN8 FIGURE-8 DYNAMIC MIC
The DrAlienSmith Alien8 is a figure 8 dynamic microphone designed for low frequency sources that also need to have a focused mid range to fit easily into a mix. It really shines on kick drums and bass amps by capturing a big low end and a detailed mid range.
The Alien8 features two 50mm headphone drivers as capsules. Sitting one on top of the other, the top one faces forward while the bottom faces back. These capsules pick up sound in a figure 8 pattern but like some ribbon microphones, the rear sounds different to the front. By using two capsules the Alien8 takes advantage of these tonal variations with its 3 position switch. Select top only to get a brighter sound, select bottom only for more body or choose both capsules to get the best of both worlds (our favorite setting).
While taking a little design inspiration from the classic AKG D30 (dual capsule) and Beyer M380 (headphone driver), the Alien8 is definitely not intended to be a clone or a remake, it has a distinct sound all of its own.
The Alien8 is transformer balanced and unaffected by phantom power. It comes standard with a protective case and manual and is covered by a 24 month repair or replace guarantee.
DIRTBOX DISTORTION FX FOR MICS
Introducing the DirtBox, a distortion effect box for microphone level signals! By putting the DirtMic circuit into its own enclosure you can get analog distortion tones from any mic.
The DirtBox runs off 48v phantom power so no batteries or power supplies are needed. Simply plug the mic into the DirtBox, then plug the output into any mic preamp and turn the phantom power on. The levels are all perfectly matched by two internal transformers and the amount of distortion is controlled by the ‘pre-gain’ volume po. Turn the gain up to 10 to capture big, dirty flavors from any source or try lower gain for more subtle tones.
The DirtBox has been designed for the recording studio but there is potential to use it for live performance. Use a Cardioid or Hyper microphone and keep the gain levels low for the best results. Due to the nature of live distortion and feedback, you'll have a better chance of success if you have a smart sound person and you keep the stage volume low.
Using a balanced Y cable you can get separate clean and distorted splits which are in phase and can be mixed together to your taste. The Y cable also allows condensor mics to be used with the DirtBox. By turning on phantom power for both the clean and distorted preamp inputs, the DirtBox and the condenser mic will both be powered.
The DirtBox comes with a manual and is covered by a 2 year repair or replace guarantee.
DIRTMIC-01 DISTORTION FX MIC
Introducing the DirtMic-01, a new approach to overdriving and distorting sounds. It’s the ultimate character microphone, but instead of the usual lo-fi or vintage sound, we’ve created a monster by installing a distortion pedal circuit into the Superlux D112.
The DirtMic circuit has been designed to run off 48v phantom power and it's transformer balanced so it works by plugging the microphone straight into any mixer or interface via the XLR connector. No need for batteries, extra pedals, DI boxes or guitar amps.
The DirtMic-01 proudly distorts and contorts everything you point it at. The amount of gain is controlled by the ‘pre-gain’ volume pot on the mic itself. Turn the gain right up to capture big dirty flavors from any source or try lower settings for a more subtle sound.
This mic has been designed for the studio but there has been interest in using it for live performance too. Live distortion causes feedback so we can't guarantee that it will work but if you have a smart sound person, a quiet stage and you keep the gain low, then it might work.
The DirtMic-01 comes standard with a mic stand clip, a protective mic pouch, a manual and its covered by a 12 month repair or replace guarantee.