While every software developer under the sun is wrestling with re-creating well-known analogue outboard processors in digital form, the same technology can also being applied for classic microphones.
Although not a new idea, not many manufacturers have attempted it so far. Until now, only Townsend and Slate Digital have really made any headway into the technology, but Antelope Audio have announced an extended range of microphones and modelling technology to add to their previously released Edge and Verge microphones.
The original Edge is a large diaphragm, dual capsule design that outputs two signals, one for each capsule. Using their proprietary software, you can control the shape of the pick-up pattern during and even after recording.
Antelope have added two new mics to the family, a single capsule fixed cardiod pattern and an impressive-looking quad design, which outputs four independent signals. A rotating head means you can use it for all manner of stereo techniques, such as M/S, X/Y or Blumlein and even 3D sound.
Here’s a look at Antelope’s trailer video.
Aptly named the Solo, Duo and Quadro, the mics come with software emulations of some of the world’s most famous microphones including the usual suspects from the likes of Neumann, Telefunken, AKG, Royer, Coles and Sony. What’s more, the software is available as VST, AU and AAX format plugins for both Windows and macOS so there’s no need to buy any additional preamp hardware, although Antelope also have a range of these that can enhance some functionality of the microphones.
The Edge Family is due to ship in October 2018. More details can be found on their website here…