We have kits to satisfy all three of the major microphone topologies: transformerless JFET, transformer JFET, and transformer/tube, with 3 different large-diaphragm capsules modeled after the famous European designs. We use a low-noise tube and a custom-wound transformer. The T-12 provides a similar frequency profile but injects vintage mic 'mojo' thanks to its transfomer-coupled circuit. The result is a spectacular vintage-circuit microphone with an extraordinarily simple signal path and a ton of texture. The products on this page are in a different league -- as are the finished microphones. The Austin Mic Pre (AMP) is a complete DIY kit with a fully-illustrated step-by step instruction tutorial - just like my Austin Ribbon Microphones - and includes everything down to the hex key for the knob and a static wrist strap for handling the semiconductors. Microphones: Austin Microphones True Blumlein Microphone Kit Austin Microphones specializes in DIY ribbon mic kits. We can help you build some extraordinarily musical variety into your mic locker. We further believe that if all your microphones sound the same, then your gear isn’t serving you as well as it could. You might also appreciate seeing the Application Guide. While the products listed above offer world-class performance at a fraction of comparable retail prices, we wanted to provide a lower-cost kit that did not compromise performance. The products on this page are all-inclusive DIY microphone kits. Our custom SDC capsule is closest to the Neumann KM84 capsule in tone, but works beautifully with the transformerless circuit too, giving rich tone without high-frequency hype. The mechanical sensor of the microphone is simply made of an earphone. We have kits to satisfy all three of the major microphone topologies: transformerless JFET, transformer JFET, and transformer/tube, with 3 different large-diaphragm capsules modeled after the famous European designs. Just add solder and a few hours' time, and you'll be rewarded with an exceptional piece of audio gear. We build custom mics to order, based on our own microphone kits and upgraded with un-published mods. The S3 has you covered. We took a vintage Neumann circuit, then optimized it for large-diaphragm capsules and even-order harmonics. Looking for mid-side or Blumlein? The S3 kits include a hard case and shockmount. Find a direct email address for us here. Soldering is not difficult, but you will need to practice. We further believe that if all your microphones sound the same, then your gear isn’t serving you as well as it could. See also our custom tube mic power supply, which is available as an upgrade option for both these microphone kits. Paired with our SDC capsules, this circuit is capable of stunning performance. DIY Microphone Kits We believe microphones are essentially EQ devices. The 12-251 is a slightly modernized take on the 251 idea, with higher headroom and just a hint of even-order harmonics. Step 2: The Hardware Schematics 1. In conjunction with a High quality capsule and Signal Transformer, one can build a Great Sounding Tube or FET Microphone for a Fraction of the price. The V-251 adds a pad and high-pass filter too. We've hot-rodded the famous Schoeps circuit. Do you have questions about a potential mic mod? Filter Block. The switches enable a 10dB pad, and a 3-way pattern selection (Cardioid/Omni/Fig8). We find it painfully bright for many sources, but if that's the sound you're after, try the, We have recreated and upgraded the CMC5 circuit, and paired it to a custom SDC capsule that customers say rivals the original mic. Both these kits are suitable for students and first-time DIY builders, yet neither of them will be outgrown, as evidenced by the fact that both models are in regular use at numerous commercial studios. Classic Vintage Microphone for DIY. See the. We've built thousands of mics over the past 10 years. See the, The TLM103 has become a very popular vocal/voiceover mic for project studios. We make premium, custom versions of three landmark vintage microphone circuits: transformerless JFET (Schoeps style), transformer JFET (KM84 style), transformer tube (ElaM 251 style). You might have seen other DIY microphone kits that are comprised of indifferent, low-grade parts and a photocopied schematic that supposedly serves as the installation guide. Build Your Own reproduction of a Classic Vintage Microphone, Why Not, This Series of PCB offers a Faithful Recreation of Classic Historical German Tube and FET Microphone amplifiier design for the enthousiast DIYers. The S-12 would be similar in sound to the modern transformerless TL, XL, and XLR versions of the C414. The S-series kits (formerly called the "RA-23" kits) are named for the capsule and voicing. To achieve the coveted U47 sound, we've paired our K47 capsule with a very nice tube circuit that gets you into the sonic territory of the original mic at a fraction of the cost. That's why we recently introduced this low-cost soldering practice kit and the series of video tutorials linked above. There is simply no better deal in the world... but you have to have the tools, the time, and the experience. We have an AKG CK-12 style capsule to recreate the brightness and intimacy of the AKG C12 and Ela M 251 microphones. The products on this page are all-inclusive DIY microphone kits. Based on years of research, we came up with two different complementary flavors that set new standards for price/performance ratio. See the S-47 (TLM49 voicing), S-12 (C12/C414 voicing), and S-87 (U87 voicing), below. The V-251 is a more historically accurate recreation of the 251 circuit, with higher levels of even-order harmonics for a more vintage sound. See this summary of MicParts product news -- new product releases, stock status, and more. Choose this for high sensitivity, low noise, and a clean-and-pristine signal path. It has become the most revered vocal tube microphone in history, with the aid of a Twin 6028/408A Pentode Tube in parralelle, a Concept originally Developped by Oliver Archut reducing noise and ouput impedance to give this microphone the true caracter of an original Neumann U47. Read about our DIY EDU program here. We have recreated the circuits from the two most famous pencil microphones in history: the Schoeps CMC5 and Neumann KM84. The biggest barrier to entry is experience. If your school offers classes in recording arts, studio maintenance, audio electronics, or DIY, we'd like to work with you to introduce our DIY microphone kits to your students. Each kit includes an unbranded mic body, custom PCBs, premium components, best-in-class documentation, and the large-diaphragm capsule of your choice. PR502 2-Slot Extender Kit DIY Recording Equipment From $150.00 see more > Microphones. There is no such thing as a true "U47 clone" because the critical VF14 tube has been unavailable for 50 years. We use parts equivalent to what you'd find in commercial microphones costing over $1500. Our tube mic is an adaptation of the Telefunken ElaM 251 circuit, although with higher headroom. And we offer a beautiful version of Neumann’s venerable K67/K87, voiced with a milder high-frequency boost than is typical for this design. See also this ranked list of DIY microphone projects, from easy to challenging. Our most popular capsule is a K47 style, modeled after the capsule in the Neumann U47. Your cost will vary depending on the donor body, capsule, and components you choose. The vintage original U47 amplifier circuit for DiY, invented in 1947, was the first switchable pattern condenser microphone. Quality ribbon mics are a boon for many a studio situation and the Austin kits boast powder-coated brass bodies, hand-selected components, and a variety of transformer options, including Lundahl and Cinemag, to choose from. Contact us if you're interested. We can help you build some extraordinarily musical variety into your mic locker. It provides a flexible membrane... 2. We've taken all the sonic magic of our acclaimed S series circuit, and added two external switches. It gives your mic the classic “mid-forward” presence associated with vintage Neumann microphones, and a wonderful contrast to the over-bright condensers that have overtaken the market. The RM-6 DIY Ribbon Mic Kits is available with three ribbon gauges: 1.8 microns, 1.2 microns (optional, for better transient response) and 2.5 microns (optional, for the highest durability). Just add solder and a few hours' time, and you'll be rewarded with an exceptional piece of audio gear. We developed a custom output transformer that delivers superior harmonics and low-frequency linearity. The finished mic competes with commercial boutique offerings in the $1500-$2000 range. Read more and listen to the samples on RM-6 product page. Sensor Block. Our circuit replacement kits let you turn inexpensive microphones into professional-grade studio workhorses. We believe microphones are essentially EQ devices. Choose this for vintage vibe. Microphone body ("donor" bodies range between $100-200 used or new) RK-87 capsule from Microphone-Parts ($109) D-U87 PCB Set from VintageMicrophonePCBKit ($20) PCB components from Mouser ($20) Cinemag CM-2480 from Cinemag ($43) That puts Matthew's total at $342.