REVIEW: d:vote™ 4099C Clip Microphone for Cello - condenser clip microphone for Cello
I've had my loop station(s) for a while now, but still haven't been able to create the desired sound with my various pickups. After watching Rachael Lander's Get Lucky loop cover video this was the turning point for me. Although she had a professional sound engineer to record the audio, a camera crew and a beautiful hall to film in, the results are amazing and inspired me to buy a better microphone. So, after some days of research, I bought the d:vote™ 4099C Clip Microphone for Cello

First impressions? W-O-N-D-E-R-F-U-L! The sound is absolutely natural and you can hear the instrument breathe, which piezo pickups do not allow for. I haven't figured out the most effective place for the microphone, it also depends on your live setup. I believe there will still be feedback if the foldback speaker is too close. 

The only negative is the cable. I cannot afford a digital wireless system (yet, or don't deserve one) so I need to use the cable. There is one very thin cable which leads to a belt clip, for saxophone players or mobile players but I don't want to be connected between the pre-amp AND the instrument. The other alternative is to stick the thick cable right under the mic which seems to work, but I hope it's not too heavy that it interferes with the performance. 

I found one B-stock which is around 40 EU cheaper than a new one which is great, and don't see any differences. Price: 399.00 EUR from

REVIEW: Behringer MIC200 Tube Ultragain (used as a pre-amp and for its phantom power)

I bought this as a pre-amp for the DPA microphone because it's a condenser mic which needs phantom power to run. 

- Lights show you when there's signal, very helpful
- Easy to use
- Seems sturdy
- Has both 1/4" and XLR inputs and outputs

- The size and weight of the power supply adapter! Come on! 
- Nothing else so far. 

49.00 EUR from