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2009-02-25 New distributor for Switzerland

FBM Audio logoMilab Microphones has appointed a new distributor for Switzerland. In the future the swiss market will be handled by FBM Audio, the current Milab distributor for Germany. Manfred Thalmann, the owner of FBM, is a native Swiss German speaker.

Mattias Strömberg, marketing manager for Milab Microphones, says: -FBM Audio has done a terrific job promoting our products in Germany, and although our partnership is only just over a year long I already consider FBM to be one of our strongest allies. This is good news both for Milab and for our swiss customers. I wish FBM the best of luck in conquering a new market!

Milab and FBM will share a booth at the Prolight + sound fair in Frankfurt in April.

FBM Audio is located in Münster and can be reached at:

Phone: +49 (0)251-133 42 20
Fax: +49 (0)251-133 42 19
Website: www.fbm-audio.com
E-mail: info@fbm-audio.com

Related links: FBM Audio, www.milabmic.de


2009-02-16 Milab presents the BDM-01

Milab BDM-01PRESS RELEASE:

The BDM-01 – a new bass drum condenser from Milab Microphones

Helsingborg, Sweden

The BDM-01 is a brand new bass drum microphone equally at home in the studio and on the road. The condenser capsule is hand built by Milab in Sweden and provides superb attack and high-frequency response, especially when compared to dynamic capsules, which can be found in most bass drum microphones.

The electronics have been specifically designed to handle the power of the most hard-hitting drummers - the BDM-01 takes 155 db without audible distortion. The dynamic range, frequency response, sensitivity and pop filters have been optimised for the sound and power of the bass drum and other bass instruments.

Features:

* Hand built cardioid condenser capsule
* Rubber fitted capsule
* Integrated pop protection
* High SPL handling
* Gold plated XLR-connector

The BDM-01 will be sold separately and as part of the Milab Drum Pack. The Drum Pack is an aluminium case with seven VM-44 Classics, shock mounts, mic holders, windscreens and now the BDM-01.

This new addition to the Milab product range will be presented at the Prolight + sound fair in Frankfurt. Visit Milab in Hall 8.0, Stand C05. Hosted by the Milab distributor for Germany - FBM Audio.
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Are you worried that a condenser mic won't be able to cope with the power of a bass drum? We've already put the BDM-01 to the ultimate test. Stay tuned to our website and we will tell you more…

Related links: Milab BDM-01, Milab Drum Pack


2009-02-10 Milab users and testimonials

Rod Stewart with a Milab handheldThe list of known Milab users has some impressive names on it; Ray Charles, Michael Jackson, Manhattan Transfer, Quincy Jones, Bruce Swedien, Rod Stewart, Tori Amos, Queen and many others have used Milab mics over the years.

The list contains some of the names we know, but it is a work in progress and if you know of any Milab users who should be on the list - don't hesitate to share it with us.


Related links: List of known Milab users


2009-01-21 Andreas Scholl and the Milab SRND 360 in unique recording

World-renowned german countertenor Andreas Scholl is considered as one of the great classical singers of his generation. Fanfare magazine says: "There are more excellent countertenors before the public today than ever before, but one stands out above all others, as Caruso among tenors a century ago: Andreas Scholl"

In November 2008 he recorded a concert in Leonhardskirche in Basel, Switzerland together with guitarist Crawford Young, using the Milab SRND 360, and was amazed by the sound and the flexibility of the surround microphone. Andreas was kind enough to write a personal review of the experience and share it with us.

Some quotes:

"The SRND sounds simply stunningly natural. The low noise-floor makes sure that even with soft sources noise won't ever be a problem. In a way I felt like getting the best of the precision and fast response of a small membrane mic combined with the slightly 'bigger' and 'rounder' sound of a high-end big membrane mic. The results of any instrument recorded through the Milab SRND will be natural and will create the 'being there' sensation that makes some recordings so special. Lute, guitar and voice were captured beautifully with all their individual qualities along with the detailed ambience of the church."

"The flexibilty of this microphone is simply amazing. Even if I need a stereo 'only' recording today, having all six signals recorded will give me the opportunity to create a surround mix later on, so in a way using the SRND gives you future-proof surround capacity with the simplicity of only one microphone to place in the concert hall."

"The fun started when I created a mix of the three front channels and two of the surround-channels in stereo. Adding a little of the centre-signal increased the presence of voice and instrument. It's like hearing more 'direct' sound while keeping the room-ambience. Moving the faders of the two surround-signals up enabled me to add more of the church ambience and 'widen' the mix. There are plenty of possibilities to adapt the sound of the recording while mixing and all of them use the original sound, recorded on the location. The results will certainly sound more natural than adding any artificial acoustics in the mix afterwards."

"To me this combination of the fantastic 'life-like' quality of the SRND combined with the enormous flexibility it brings to surround AND stereo-recordings makes it truly one of my favourites."


Related links: Read the full review, Youtube clip, Andreas Scholl website, Milab SRND 360


2009-01-15 Interview with FOH Oscar Söderlund

Oscar Söderlund in MMThe latest issue of Musikermagasinet [MM], Sweden's leading magazine for performing musicians, features a four page interview with Oscar Söderlund, arguably the best live sound engineer in the country.

Oscar is a long time fan of Milab mics and uses them almost exclusively on most of his projects. He has been touring with many of Scandinavia's greatest artists - including The Hellacopters, Melody Club, The Sounds, Bo Kaspers, Ane Brun, Backyard Babies, Louise Hoffsten, Jill Johnson, Lars Winnerbäck and others.

A recent review of an Ane Brun concert (where Milab mics were used exclusively) in newspaper Göteborgsposten stated: "The icing on the cake is the amazing sound. […] Sound engineer Oscar Söderlund creates what might be the best live sound I have ever heard."

Some quotes from the interview in MM: "My favourite microphone is the [Milab] VM-44. It works for almost everything … it's awesome on toms. I don't understand why people don't use them more - they have a very natural and transparent sound. Tonight I use almost only Milab mics."

"My advice to anyone working with live sound is to get a Milab mic."

"I use the VM-44 on all drums, it sounds great on toms, snare and overhead. It's also good for kick drum, bass and electric guitar because it handles high SPL:s."

"On vocals I have completely gone over to the Milab LSR series. The leakage is extremely small, but they still sound very natural throughout the whole frequency range."

"I used the LSR-1000 for Maja [lead vocalist] in The Sounds. She threw the mic to the floor and rocked with it during 130 gigs on their first US tour. It still performed 100% every night - except for the dents on the front net there was nothing wrong with it. The LSR-1000 and LSR-2000 work very well on both male and female voices."


Oscar is preparing for his next tour with Melody Club - and you just might be able to guess what mics he will be using.

Related links: Musikermagasinet article, Oscar Söderlund's website, Ane Brun review in GP


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