Mojave Audio MA-301fet by AndyHowell
I had not heard of Mojave Microphones before I set out on the search for a new vocal mic a few months ago. A couple of engineers suggested I look at these as they had a reputation for being good with baritone/male vocals.
Initially, I looked at the 300 valve mic. I liked the multi options of the 300 series. I prefer cardioid setup and an omni setting for vocals.
As I explored more the 301 came into view. Although this doesn't have as many reviews on the net (being a newer product) it was clearly rated as very good. I wasn't sure about the valve sound and (for the moment) decided to stick with the 301 fet.
The 301 comes in it own aluminium case. Inside is a strong foam insert that houses both the mic and a shock mount. The shock mount is very solid, metal rather than plastic and uses a heavy duty bungee chord.
The mic itself is equally solid if not over heavy. On the front is a simple switch to move between cardioid, omni and figure of 8 settings. On the rear are two more switches; a -15db pad and a hi pass filter for dealing with low rumble.
So, how does the mic sound?
The mic sounds to my ears wonderfully neutral and natural. Output is good and white noise not a problem. The mic deals with sharp transients very well and I've not had to use a pop filter with it.
While the mic has been used primarily for vocals I have tested it on acoustic guitar and this sounds equally good. I suspect a stereo recording using two 301s would be very classy.
I've seen this mic regularly compared (favourably) to the U87 and while I can't comment on this directly I can see that this mic would serve any studio well.
For the home studio (such as mine) this mic probably represents a significant step up in quality and price. Yet, the 301 represents fabulous value for money. David Royer and his team seem to have cracked Chinese manufacture.
I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this mic.