The ribbon is gonna get ya!

July 19, 2010 at 13:38 Leave a comment

Sontronics  Microphones

When I heard about an British manufacturer making ribbon microphones I got that geeky excited all over feeling that has got me into trouble so many times!

Part time BBC big band director & full time baritone saxophonist, Jay Craig, came back from a session at BBC Maida Vale saying that I should check out these microphones.

Manufactured in Poole, Dorset Sontronics first emerged at the 2005 NAMM show. Now with a much larger product range MD, Trevor Coley, is really forging a path for his products in all genres of music.Their stable now hosts a full range of condenser, valve and ribbon microphones as well as a a range of  portuguese mad mic pre-amps.

Trevor is delight fully enthusiastic about his own products many of which he has designed himself and I can now see  why.

I was presented with a goodly bunch of the mics to try and two have really stood out as stars.

As it says on their website “Ribbon mics are renowned for their smooth, uncoloured audio characteristics” and this is very true of the Delta & Sigma microphones. They are built to a very high standard and come in VERY robust cases finished in smart polished auluminium.

The microphone that had been recommended was the Delta ribbon and that was the first one out of the box for me! The purpose built shock mounts work very well and I’ve

Sontronics Sigma

not had any problem with noise at all. The Delta gives a fantastic clean sound and truly captures what ever instrument I have put in front of. It worked very well as a solo mic for both the ‘almost acoustic’ Gordon Campbell big band as well as the BBC Big Band.

In the studio I have recorded strings, guitar, percussion, woodwind as well as brass with it and all with great success.

The sigma fairs as well will similar results with a warm un-biased sound.

Both microphones work very well both live and in the studio and I look forward to trying the stereo ribbon later this year.

Sontronics can be contacted here :-


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