Golden Age Project R1 MK2 by syzygywell
I had been looking at several microphone options especially in the budget price bracket which I equate with being about $600 or less. I'm a female with a contra alto voice and was looking for a darker mic with clarity that might sound good on both my vocals and an acoustic guitar.
After reading Sound on Sounds ribbon mic shoot out. It really is no surprise that the Royer and the Coles consistently came out on top in each category but the surprise was this little (not so little in size though) budget mic from Golden Age Projects. Fortunately they tried a few of the microphones from Golden Age but the top performer seemed to be the MKII Active Ribbon which costs a little over $200 new. With little lose I ordered.
I haven't tried the more expensive mics in this category but I can say that I am very pleased particularly considering the cost. But regardless of the price the mic sounds really good. Being a ribbon it is a tad darker but I don't find I have to EQ or de-ess much which is what I was hoping. True to the review I find it smooth and with a good presence. I have not compared this mic through different pre amps but I am running it through an A Designs Pacifica. Anyway it is definitely a keeper.