Some of the feedback that I received on the previous installment was quite interesting including:
"It would be better if you didn't announce what mic you were playing and obscured them so bias couldn't enter in.
"If you hadn't said which was which I don't think many players could tell the difference."
"Joe is playing through a Tweed Champ clone. Like other small amps it adds a lot of its own breakup and color, which tends to make mics sound more alike... Played through a bigger amp you will hear the differences more."
"However to create a test to get people to choose which mic they think sounds best, or indeed to identify a particular element. The only real way to do that is to perform a blind test."
I decided to heed the advice that I was given.
- The second round is audio only. That way, no one could see the microphones. (You'll have to trust my honesty and integrity.)
- In this round, I used a Super Sonny. It's a bigger amp. There were no changes to the volume or tone settings when I changed microphones.
- I set up a Zoom H2 about 15 feet away from the amp.
- I tried to play the same thing each time and the same thing from the first test.
On with the fun. The microphones being tested are a:
- Shure Controlled Magnetic (99A86) in a vintage JT-30 shell.
- Shure Controlled Magnetic (99A86) in a Hohner Blues Blaster shell.
- Shure 520D with a Mexican made element.
- Shure 520DX with the modern dynamic element.
Clip of Microphone #1
Clip of Microphone #2
Clip of Microphone #3
Clip of Microphone #4
What do you think? Which microphone is which?