Simple Way Audio Mic One by Midas
Nowdays we all know at this point that it is not really necessary to have a large amount of equipment to make the recordings. But it must not be denied that we all like to have tools in our studio to achieve faster, more efficient and better results. Simpleway is one of those manufacturers which surprise us with original products, in a time when we usually believe that we had practically seen everything in terms of equipment development, perhaps due to a stagnation in terms of innovation, due to the many clones that abound in the market. This time it is the Mic One, a large-diaphragm condenser microphone which bursts into position at the same height as some of the already "consecrated" models of some more veteran an revered manufacturers.
There is no doubt that Peter, founder of Simpleway audio, knows what it is to take care of every design and assembly of his equipment in detail. The case of the Mic One comes completely complete with its power supply and as well as the microphone sohck mount. Just taking the microphone is notorious the robust construction of its steel housing as well as the solidity of the whole set of its components, which is something that always gives confidence in any product worth its salt. Perhaps what most attracts attention is that we find only a polar pattern in the operation of its capsule. Something perhaps contrary to what that usually expects from a microphone of such characteristics and dimensions. It should be noted that the microphone has no capacitors or transistors from the signal path of the capsule to the output. Something not very typical in other microphones of similar characteristics since this reduces the possible coloration and distortion of the signal.
In the upper part of his body we find x2 switches. One is a -12db attenuator and the other is a curious “dark side” mode switch, which acts as a low pass filter to reduce the whistling or excessive treble voices. Something very practical and genuine that is very useful when we are recording vocals or instruments with a high pronunciation of high frequencies. Therefore, from the microphone itself and without the need to apply equalization, we can already achieve a defined and appropriate sound for each situation. It also emphasizes its low impedance (10 Ohm), so we can use long cable travel distances.
I performed the test using a Kahayan 12K72 preamp model. Which evidently helped to highlight the qualities of the microphone itself. I used a male and a female voice for the test. And to my amazement, in both registers, the Mic One exceeds in the capture in both situations. Since through its useful mode in "Dark", we can control both circumstances, adapting the type of sound that benefits most in any of the situations of a recording. The bass part is well captured and controlled without been hyped as long as we do not “drown” or get too close to its capsule, something typical in the idiosyncrasy of cardioid microphones. As for the sound of the mid range, it stands out capturing these, without accentuating a marked radio or nasal sound, typical in some other condenser microphones. From 200hz to 4khz the Mic One appears practically flat, something that its designers thought knowing the range of frequencies in which the voice of any human moves. As for the treble band, this presents a pleasant and light “air” in its curvature, with a progressive increase from approx 5khz to 15khz.
There is no doubt that the Mic One is still a high quality microphone, despite not being one of the familiar "classics" that usually inhabit most recording studios. Due to its price, this is perhaps something “prohibitive” for the market of those fans with a modest home studio in their homes. So we are facing a microphone which is a notable and serious competitor in the league of professional recording studios and we will have to get used to the existence of other new manufacturers who are developing interesting original high quality products such as the Mic One from Simpleway audio.
Other models of microphones such as the Chandler Limited TG microphone or the JZ BH1´s are serious competitors of the Mic One.
Although both models have different polar patterns in their capsules.
-Single polar pattern
Capsule diameter: 34mm
Cardiod: 49.2 mV/Pa; 30-22000 Hz
Own noise : 15db (A)
Max SPL: 144 db
Input impedance: 10 Ohm (Superlow)
Pad: -12 db (Switchable)
“Dark side” mode (switchable)
Power: Need Simple Way Ps external power supply.
Total Final Price: 2.100€