Jon’s Random Thoughts on Audio Reproduction

  • X-V tube kit microphone schematic

    X-V tube kit microphone

    From 2006-2007 I built the MSH-4 tube microphone.  Of all of my discontinued products, I’ve gotten more requests to revive that microphone than any other.  It was popular because of the “secret sauce” of the 6418 tube, which is a generous helping of the “good” …

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  • Naiant microphone history 2006 - 2016

    The Future of Microphones

      Microphones and preamplifiers are drastically inefficient devices in the modern age. But before we explore that thesis, let’s review the development of microphones. We can very crudely divide the world of microphones into dynamic and condenser microphones (let’s ignore the exceptions for a moment). …

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  • Balanced vs. Unbalanced Guitar Noise Comparison

    Balanced Guitar Wiring

    A guitar pickup is essentially similar to a dynamic microphone coil. For decades, dynamic microphones have been wired with the voice coil attached to the primary of the microphone’s transformer, and not referenced to ground (‘floating’). The microphone’s case is typically connected to the cable …

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  • MSH-4v2 Condenser Mic Schematic

    DIY Microphone Design

    The development of the MSH-1 began as a result of Joel Cameron’s Tape Op mic. In fact, it was after I had mentioned on a few occasions that it wouldn’t be too difficult to build a phantom powering circuit into the XLR connector instead of …

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