Jan 7, 2013
I realized that we haven’t done a giveaway in awhile – time to change that, loyal Samurai fans, and what better way to kick off 2013??
What we’re giving away this time is a small diaphragm condenser made by the fantastic Brad Martin at 12 Gauge Microphones. They’ve developed something of a cult following in the recording community, partially because of their unique design/housing, as well as due to the fact that they’re just great microphones, especially for the price!
Why are they unique? It’s easiest just to show you.
That’s right – they’re actually built into spent shotgun casings! I dunno about you, but I find that to be super badass.
Currently there are two different types of SDCs made by 12 Gauge Mics – the Red12 and the Green12. The difference between them is that the Red12 is an omni-directional mic (picks up sound from all directions) while the Green12 is a cardioid pattern (mostly picks up sound from the front).
Now, I’m no microphone expert, so I’m not going to try and talk about tech specs or frequencies or whatever. I’m just going to tell you what I like about these mics:
- Shit, they look so badass.
Okay no, seriously. These two mics are great – how do I put it in my layman’s terms? To my ears, they capture some extra ”detail” that a dynamic doesn’t, and for me, they’ve been great at capturing a warm, more intimate vibe, especially for acoustic/vocal recordings. Here are a couple of recordings I’ve used them on.
First up is an acoustic cover of a blink-182 song (yes, laugh it up!) – here I used the Green12 on vocals. Because they don’t have a built-in shield, and I don’t have a pop filter, I found that the best way to get the vocals in was to address the mic at a bit of a slant, so that my breathing etc didn’t ruin the take. For this one I just plugged my acoustic straight into the interface, so don’t worry about listening to that too closely. I really like the way the vocals come out though – warm, and intimate.
Next is a cover of Richie Kotzen’s version of “Stand” which he originally wrote for the Poison album Native Tongue. Here, I used BOTH the Red12 and Green12 on my Walden acoustic, just to give it a fuller sound. They’re panned left and right, and I used a Green12 on vocals too. I think it does a good job of making a not-so-high-end acoustic sound pretty decent.
Pretty cool, huh?
That’s not all they’re good for – I chucked a Red12 in front of my cab to record my Marshall AFD100, which was ultimately blended with the signal from an Audix i5 to get a better “room” representation of the amp sound. However, by itself, it’s still warm, and fat, and presents a perfectly usable alternative to add a bit of spice to your guitar recording.
Though I haven’t personally had experience with them in this capacity, I hear also that the Red12 mics are GREAT as stereo drum overheads. Here are a few more applications taken from Brad’s Soundcloud account, further showcasing how versatile these mics are.
The possibilities are endless with these great little condensers – you can just chuck a pair in an equipment case, or even in your pocket, and use them wherever, whenever in a pinch.
Let’s get onto the winning part.
The price on these is already great value – but what’s the greatest value for money? Getting it for FREE. We’re giving away one BRAND NEW 12 Gauge Microphones Red12 Omni-directional SDC to one of you lucky readers.
Now, how do you go about winning?
Our previous giveaways have been Facebook-centric, so I want to give our email subscribers first go at this one (especially for those of you who don’t happen to have Facebook). Here goes.
2 Simple Steps:
- Sign up as an email subscriber (refresh the page and wait for that little box to pop up, then enter your email address).
- Comment on this post – tell us how you intend to use the Red 12 omni condenser.
… and you’re into the draw! Don’t forget to add thesamurai AT sixstringsamurai.co.nz to your safe senders list so we can let you know the results!
The winner will be announced on the website and on Facebook/Twitter at the beginning of February – so you can get your entries in all through January.
Let’s get cracking!!