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What is the Chuck Israels signature microphone?

It is a microphone designed to work with double bass and possibly other soft sounding instruments in a loud environment.

Can this microphone be used in any input in my combo ?

No, you need a mic preamp with 48 V phantom power and a balanced XLR input, either as a separate unit, or built into your combo or bass amp.

Is this microphone free from feedback ?

No, and no microphones are. But we have tried to put the feed back in a high frequency range where it doesn’t blur the low and midrange. Also the distance from the bass top is important. Too much distance, and you will lose effective signal, and it will feed back because you will have to raise the volume too much, and to little distance, and you will have a resonance between the top and the microphone body.

Does it matter where on the bass top I put the microphone ?

Yes it does. And it varies from bass to bass. Some bass players have found a placement close to the f-hole to be the best to get their natural sound, and some prefer a placement under the bridge. In a recording situation, close to the f-hole would be recommended.

On a recording set, I usually use a Neumann U47 or another high quality condenser microphone. Does your microphone sound any better than that ?

The U47 or 67 sounds amazing, capturing the whole sound of the bass. But in some recording situations, you will have to hide the bass player behind baffles to get rid of the leakage in order to have a bass track that is possible to use – and even then, the sound from the band can be significant in the bass microphone. In those situations, we believe our microphone to offer a great bass sound that is far easier to handle in the mix.

Can I use this microphone together with my favorite pickup ?

Yes of course. If your bass amp has inputs with separate volume controls, and tone controls. Worth to mention, is that some bass players have found that they can use their pickup as a blending microphone to add some character that they like, instead of using an acoustic microphone as the blending mic.

Does your microphone have a straight frequency response ?

No, It has a frequency response adjusted to the frequency range of the double bass. Looking at the bass tracks in recordings, there is almost nothing above 5-6000 Hz, and the microphone is adjusted to that. Also, the microphone is made to avoid the proximity effect that appears when you place a microphone close to the sound source.

What about the quality ? Nowadays it is possible to buy excellent Chinese microphones for $100. What is the difference ?

Developing this microphone, we have been collaborating with Pearl Microphone Labs in Sweden, who have a history of 70 years producing high quality microphones for the studio and broadcasting industries. There are mainly four variables of importance here : The principle of the microphone, the quality of the components, the experience to create the sound that you want and how to combine all this in a durable construction that can stand up for a five years warranty that we offer.

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