Californian Roswell Pro Audio is a reasonably new manufacturer in this market, but well versed in microphones and their working parts. An accumulation of knowledge built from the successful web sites recordinghacks.com and microphone-parts.com, has led to some interesting new models. Their latest, the new Aurora studio condenser, is aimed at offering a very neutral sound with low distortion values.
I think this is a company worth keeping an eye on and I can’t wait to hear some of their new products. This is their answer for offering a neutral sounding mic, with an ‘un-hyped’ frequency response clearly aimed at being a studio’s workhorse.
Roswell founder Matt McGlynn said, “We built this mic for recording engineers looking for an ultra-clean FET sound. It works particularly well on vocals and acoustic guitar, where its balanced frequency response, low noise, and high output outperform most competitive offerings. I think the Aurora will be an eye-opening, and ear-opening upgrade for project studio owners accustomed to buying mass-produced mics. The Aurora’s high sensitivity means that singers will hear more music and less hiss in their recorded tracks.”
Their web site explains how each individual microphone is ‘manually burned-in’ and tested before being sold. This is an impressive amount of effort for what I think is a very fair price of only 749 USD. The only conflicting comment I can find is “modern performance with vintage tone”. If it’s extremely flat and offers low-noise with low levels of distortion, the only ‘vintage’ thing about it will be the vintage-esque case it comes in. Having said that, it would be a pleasure to try one of these. Expectations are high.
More Information: http://roswellproaudio.com/products/aurora