History of Naiant microphones: MSH-1, 2006; X-S, X-Q, X-M, 2008; X-O, 2011; X-R, 2012; X-8S, 2015.
About Naiant Studio
Naiant Studio, founded in 2006, offers custom-designed and hand-built professional audio reproduction equipment. With an emphasis on low-power, small form-factor design, Naiant’s products stand alone in their range for versatility and value. Naiant boasts several superlatives in design, including the smallest tube microphone (MSH-4, 2006), the smallest direct phantom-powered microphone (X-S, 2008), the smallest and most versatile “active” capsule and phantom-power battery-operated microphone amplifier (tinybox, 2010), and the smallest and least expensive interchangeable remote capsule microphone system (X-R, 2012).
Naiant products have been featured in Tape Op magazine, scoring top marks in their class in Mike Jasper’s 2009 “shootout”.
Naiant microphones were used on Stephen Roessner’s Grammy-award winning recording of Paul Jacobs, and by Mitch Griffin on Emmy-award winning nationally broadcast Christmas concerts for Twin Cities Public TV, as well as thousands of other customers in more than 30 countries.
All Naiant products are designed and assembled by hand in Virginia (from July 1, 2018; previously built in North Carolina) from US and foreign components. Major US-source components include printed circuit boards, custom front panels, other custom metalwork, powdercoating, 3D-printed accessories, and Switchcraft connectors. Major foreign components include passive components (Japan, China), active components (Philippines, Malaysia, China), microphone capsules (Japan), Mogami bulk cable (Japan), and Neutrik/Rean connectors (Liechtenstein, China). Overall estimated source of purchased components by cost, not including value of USA assembly, is as follows:
- USA 20%
- Japan 25%
- Liechtenstein 20%
- China 10%
- Philippines 5%
- Malaysia 5%
- other foreign 15%
Naiant reuses or recycles all materials possible, including all paper, cardboard, and recovered metals, and purchases packaging supplies made with reused or recycled materials where available. Naiant products use lead-free solder.