Ear Trumpet Debuts Beautiful Evelyn Stereo Microphone

February 11 2015, 05:00
Ear Trumpet Labs announced the release of Evelyn, a new stereo microphone. Evelyn is a stereo microphone consisting of two closely matched medium-large diaphragm capsules mounted in individually pivoting head baskets spaced at the correct distance for the ORTF stereo recording technique. Both the capsules and the JFET transistors for each side of the stereo pair are exactingly hand-matched for perfect stereo imaging. The electronics are hand-wired using the finest components, and the result is spectacularly natural stereo sound.

Evelyn makes an easy-to-deploy stereo drum overhead or room mic, but can also be adopted for many applications beyond standard stereo miking as well. With an heritage from the acclaimed Ear Trumpet Labs Edwina, already proven in live situations, Evelyn makes also an ideal live miking solution for acoustic ensembles from traditional bluegrass bands to string quartets, with great feedback control and off-pattern rejection.
Of course the striking design of Evelyn complements the stunning sound. As Ear Trumpet Labs says “everyone will be pleased to work with her, and on a live stage she looks distinctive and gorgeous. Our solid designs are hand made from copper plumbing pipe and fixtures, electrical flanges, brass, and stainless steel.”

Evelyn uses two dual fixed-cardioid large (26mm) diaphragm condenser capsules with internal shock dampers for minimal handling noise and transformerless FET fully balanced electronics. Each microphone also features highest quality hand-wired electronic components - film caps, precision resistors, hand tested and matched transistors, with component values tuned for the individual microphone.

Each mic includes a standard 5-pin XLR to dual 3-pin XLR adapter cable, and the pinout is standard so other stereo cables can be used. It requires 48-V phantom power. Each Evelyn comes in a solid metal tool case with hand-cut foam lining, available directly from Ear Trumpet Labs for $1200.

Founded in Portland, OR, in 2011, Ear Trumpet Labs is a craft builder of “unique microphones for adventurous musicians and recordists.” Combining technical expertise, the highest-grade hand-selected electrical components, and a sculptural craft aesthetic, the company is committed to bringing the best of visual and sonic creativity to musicians around the world.
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