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SNAMM03: Luna - The M-Audio Condenser Mic
Inexpensive of course. 22/07/03
Testing 1,2. Ahem. Fly me to the moon
M-Audio's partnership with Groove Tubes continues to blossom with the brand new Luna professional condenser microphone. The eye-catching lollipop design combines with state-of-the-art electronics to create an inexpensive microphone that honors vintage microphone principles.
M-Audio designed Luna with the goal of delivering a microphone of uncompromising quality at an extremely affordable price. It is
an ideal mic for first time purchasers, as well as more experienced recordists wishing to add a fresh new sound to their microphone
locker. The large diaphragm cardioid condenser design is perfect for professionally capturing vocals, guitar, piano—and, in fact,
most sound sources. Luna also sports a solid brass capsule—a quality valued by microphone connoisseurs for the warmer sound it
delivers. The 1.1” diaphragm is metallized in a proprietary evaporated gold process.
Luna uses Class A FET electronics, a technology that is much quieter than the op-amp technology often found in solid state
microphones. All Luna microphones are also +/- 1dB from the standard reference microphone and from each other, clearly
demonstrating the high manufacturing standards employed in their production.
“Luna addresses the needs of a wide range of recordists,” says Adam Castillo, M-Audio’s Marketing Director. “We specifically
designed the mic to accommodate the budget of just about anybody serious about recording. It has a great sound that is very
reminiscent of classic vintage microphones, yet also has a unique character all its own. And there’s no getting around the fact that
it’s one very hot looking microphone. Luna makes a statement both visually and aurally.”
The Luna carries an MSRP of $249.95 and is now shipping.