The Secret Weapons to a Magical Sound
Because every project is unique – so are our microphones. We have a complete and growing selection of microphones that add the characteristics artists have come to love from Crown Lane. We have microphones that are standard across the industry, and others that are charmingly unique.
Warm Motown inspired sound. Vintage ribbon microphone – regularly used on strings and woodwind – Upper strings sound incredible through this microphone.
Neumann TLM 49
Inspired by the classic 1950s Neumann microphones. Silky and just bright enough for most applications. This is used on most solo instruments as a reference mic before trying alternatives if required.
An open, honest sounding workhorse microphone for multiple applications. As a stereo pair this is commonly found on our drum overheads, but also on piano, and many solo instruments.
An immediate close and bold microphone. We regularly use this on high SPL instruments, and are fond of it on hi hat.
This is our choice microphone on snare drums. It is brighter than the SM57 most famously used on snares, and gives a warmth that enables the snare to sit perfectly in the mix will little EQ’ing.
The classic go-to instrument microphone, used on guitar amps, snares and countless instruments for the past 50 years. We have 5 of these at the studio.
A rich overhead microphone and silky smooth on acoustic guitar and strings.
Sontronics STC 1S
Flattering stereo microphones for spot miking; choirs; ensembles; pianos and overheads. We have a pair of these.
Tom microphones (3), that capture everything you want, and nothing unwanted from the toms. Rich warm lows that don’t clutter the mix, with an attack that cuts where required.
Stereo Mic pair for versatility in instrumental recording sessions. Often used as overhead or room mics, we often use them in strange places like: close miked cymbals; around 30cm from an accordion or as alternative room mics.
Audio Technica U851R
Boundary microphone Often used inside a bass drum to capture some of the HF click elements to the kick that are often lost on an external kick mic, but also used in its traditional form as a boundary microphone.
Bass drum, and double bass microphone. We use this regularly just outside the bass drum, off axis to the soundhole to capture the weight of the kick drum, without the air or HF features – making for a wide range of mixing options later.
Shure Beta 52
Bass drum microphone. Characterful bright and tailored to kick drums with character. Also used on double bass, and other bass instruments.
Although this microphone is designed for the kick drum- you can often find this mic on the double bass.
A stunning ribbon Blumlein stereo microphone. Often on the piano or above the drums.