Getting a great microphone is the first step in creating great studio recordings. You can invest in the best DAW, the best interface and the best computer, but unless the sound you're capturing initially is clear and clean, you won't get the best results.
Today, there's no shortage of microphone manufacturers offering products for pros and home recording enthusiasts alike. And while it's great that consumers have a wide range of options at various price points, making an informed decision can be difficult.
If you're like most Bananas at Large® customers, you want to get out there and start making music — not read detailed tech sheets or worry about cardioid patterns, signal-to-noise ratios and other specs. It's for this reason that we offer a carefully chosen selection of products by some of today's most trustworthy manufacturers, ADK included.
ADK is one of the most respected names in studio microphones. The company was founded in 1997 and has, over the years, maintained its focus on quality and value. They manufacture two main product lines — the pro-grade Custom Shop models and the more affordable Studio Series. Both offer excellent performance for vocals, guitars and other applications where you would typically use a large diaphragm condenser mic.
ADK Studio Series
An ADK Studio Series microphone is an excellent investment for serious DIY recording engineers. A natural step up from budget-oriented, mass-produced products, the Studio Series delivers superior results for home recording and podcasting.
The A6, the most affordable of the bunch, offers a neutral sound coloration that accurately captures the nuances of a performance, with a low noise floor and a moderately wide dynamic range. The Vienna and Hamburg models replicate the characteristics of the great Austrian- and German-made tube mics of the 50s and 60s, respectively, with a finely tuned response curve. The Hamburg is somewhat mellower and more robust, while the Vienna offers a sparkling top end that can add presence to your recording.
Rounding out the Studio Series are the Zeus and Thor models, which feature a tri-polar pattern and exceptional flexibility. Designed to be versatile "Swiss Army knife" mics, the Thor and Zeus are great options that will take your recordings to the next level.
ADK Custom Shop Series
For professionals demanding the highest-grade components and engineering, the ADK Custom Series offers quality comparable to mics two or three times the price. Buy an ADK Custom Shop mic if you're looking for innovative capsule technology, wide dynamic range, lower self-noise and a finely tuned design that marries carefully sourced tubes and transformers with an optimal signal path. Designed by working professionals for working professionals, ADK Custom Shop products are highly musical mics that bring world-class sound right out of the box.
Buy ADK Microphones From San Francisco's Bananas
Shop online or in-person to explore our current inventory of ADK mics. We carry both Studio Series and Custom Shop models to meet the needs of professionals and dedicated hobbyists. Visit us in San Rafael or Santa Rosa to try one out in person with our expert sales staff.