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If you're the type of musician who likes to go above and beyond the usual standard, you've got something in common with Earthworks founder David E. Blackmer. When he started the company in the late 1980s, Blackmer was on a mission. Having done extensive research on sound, he believed that human hearing is much finer than previously thought, and all of the microphones that Earthworks produces are based on that principle even today. Following the concept that ultrasonic frequencies play an important role in accurate sound reproduction has made Earthworks microphones some of the most precise recording devices anywhere. They're also among the most distinctive mics, with their futuristic brushed-metal casings. Earthworks is mostly known for their extremely high-ranging omnidirectional and cardioid microphones, which have top-end frequency response as high as 40kHz in models like the QTC40mp and SR40mp or even 50kHz from the M50mp and QTC50mp. All of these mics use a 6mm electret capsule, with the extended-range models adding in electronic and mechanical filters that allow them to achieve that flat frequency response well above the roughly 20kHz ceiling of capsules alone.
While those ultra-wide range models are the Earthworks flagships, all of their microphones are state-of-the-art. They also have a broad selection of podium mics, which are great for all kinds of general recording tasks. The C30 hanging choir mic is second to none for capturing the accurate sound of a large ensemble. For instrument-specific recording and amplification, take the PM40T piano mic and the CMK5 close mic kit for drums into consideration. If your voice is your instrument and you'd like to bring Earthworks' high-definition response to your wireless handheld system, the answer is the WL40V capsule, which has a more standard look and built-in windscreen.
Because the shape of most Earthworks microphones is so unconventional, they also provide a well-appointed line of windscreens and stand clips. For the SR20, 30 and 40, windscreens are available which mimic the look of a standard dynamic microphone. You can also choose from a few different foam windscreens, depending on which Earthworks mic you'll be using it with. The clips are a similar arrangement - just look for the one that's compatible with your microphone and you're all set.
Once you've put together your dream combination of Earthworks microphone and accessories, you'll have the equipment you need to share in David Blackmer's vision of revolutionizing the recording field. Can you hear 40kHz? When you hear the incredible recordings from one of these microphones, you'll know firsthand that it makes a difference.
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