Audio Technology ND Microphone review

Read how the new ND mic family performed on stage and in the mud pit at recent gigs with sound engineer Mark Woods.

"I’ve always thought of Electro-Voice as the ‘other’ American mic manufacturer. It’s probably been more successful in the broadcasting world but has its fans on live stages too. Released in the mid ’80s, the original N/DYM Series was a worthy contender to the leading brand with some sonic advantages. EV likes to boast these were the first mics to use the now near-universal neodymium magnets that help produce a flatter frequency response, with improved transients and signal-to-noise ratio. At the time they were released the vocal mics in the N/DYM range were seen to have a smoother sound that some singers preferred and I remember them as being especially good for taming strident female voices. The swivel-headed instrument mics were also popular. Funny looking things but they were easy to position with a tough sound quality that worked well on toms and guitar cabs.

The new ND Series updates the N/DYM Series with a range of eight mics, all designed primarily for stage use. There are four vocal mics and four drum/instrument mics, seven dynamics and one condenser. The dynamics share a new capsule chassis and large Mylar diaphragm but each model’s coil and physical structure have been designed specifically to suit the characteristics of its intended application. The coils are a humbucking design to minimise any line noise. The mic bodies are made from die cast zinc and finished in matt-black polyurethane paint for a clean, discreet look under lights. They feel tough and the Memraflex grille is unyielding. Under the grille a hydrophobic foam insert protects the diaphragm from plosives and spit… even mud. Handling noise has been improved by a new four-point suspension system that sits on a tuned pneumatic pump at the base of the capsule."

- Mark Woods