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Advanced Audio CM251 does the rounds in Portugal!


Our CM251 made it`s way over the Atlantic ocean to the sunny shores of Portugal to see how it could stand up to an original ELA M251. A big thank you to Rui Guerreiro - "Studio Manager" at Atlantico Blue for making this possible. The original ELA M251 is hard to find and very costly, most who own them are quite protective, but Rui offered it up for the shootout freely.

As with all AA microphones, our CM251 is not a clone. It's a 251 inspired retake on the mic. It has a hotter output when compared to our flagship CM12se and the top end has been smoothed out. Keep in mind no two vintage ELA-M251's are the same. Our aim was for the most vintage sounding ELA M251's.

There was  an opportunity to quickly put the mics up on the beautiful grand piano. Mic placement was very quick and you can certainly hear that the locations of the microphones is playing a part. Still, it gives you an idea of both mics on the same source.


The second session gave us the opportunity to work out of Rodrigo Serrao's studio (Kbranca Music) Portugese artist Romana provided her beautiful voice, and here is a short example of what Rodrigo and her have been working on recently. This of course is a rough cut and the piano is a guide track.You can also hear how the 251 sounds with some reverb.




The CM414 can do it all!


The CM414 can do it all, even the kitchen sink! Here it is shining on foley and drums in a recent Target commercial. 

All mix/engineer done by Aaron Ankrum (of Grayshot) with drums by Nathan Cousins. Aaron works out of Aerial View Studios and the CM414 and CM54 were the only mics used!


Architects win big at Kerrang! Awards - June 2014


The Architects Studio Fredman Advanced Audio Microphones www.advancedaudio-europe.com

Fredrik Nordstrom (of Studio Fredman) used the CM47 for all the vocals on the Architects latest album, Lost Forever//Lost together which has won best album at Kerrang! Everyone at AA sends their congrats!>

"Fredman", in preparation for his next project, just added another 3 CM47fets to his AA mic locker for use on the drum sound. He "loves that mic!" A true workhorse in the studio.


Advanced Audio Microphones launches the new CM251 - June 17 2014


We are proud to launch our new microphone the CM251! The mic is inspired by the original ELA M251. Using modern circuit designs while maintaining the vintage sonic character of the original, our CM251 offers yet another flavour to our mic line up.

 "The CM251 is smooth and present. It just sounds right when you put it up on a vocal. It has a mellower sound then the C12. The creamy top end captures emotion wonderfully." - Dave Thomas


Advanced Audio Studio Day at Rimshot studios's in Kent, UK. May 2014


Rimshot Studios, UK

May 30th saw the first Advanced Audio studio day held at Rimshot Studio's. The event allowed a small group (about 30 lucky souls) to witness a full lineup of AA mics in a live recording session featuring a group of very talented session musicians. With Niall Acott at the helm of the SSL board, and the use of some beautiful 60's era Decca valve preamps two full tracks were captured in AA style! Check out the video and the tracks!


Advanced Audio helps to fill Fall Out Boy's Joe Trohman's mic cupboard, June, 2014.


Fall Out Boy's last album, recorded with Butch WalkerSave Rock and Roll featured the CM47 and CM67se on vocals. Guitarist Joe Trohman is now building himself a studio and wanted to add some AA mics to his arsenal.


   " Stoked on the mics! I plan on these being heavily used, they'll get a lot of miles for sure." - Joe Trohman


CM47 on MTV!


Advanced Audio CM47 makes an appearance on MTV, Portugal, May 2014

 The beautiful Maria Ana Bobone and Mikkel Solnado perform a very moving duet, featuring the CM47, of "If the Stars were to Waltz.", written by Maria and  producer Rodrigo Serrao.

The video, recorded at Kbranca Music in Portugal, is being featured on MTV - Portugal.

"the two Portuguese MTV Artists reach the perfect balance between Fado and Pop Music, in a duet that touches the heart."


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Advanced Audio Mics in South Africa!


Universal Music South Africa recently chose AA mics as the "go to" mics for their newly opened recording studio complex in Johannesburg. Two CM67SE and a CM47fet will be blessing the audio waves in SA.

Universal Studios Sout Africa, ww.advancedaudio-europe.com


Lady Antebellum wowed by CM67se


Charles Kelly of Lady Antebellum recently found himself in front of the Advanced Audio CM67se and the mic he was accustomed to. " When Charles sang into the AA 67, the rest of the band freaked out and said it was the best he ever sounded."

Hilary Scott started on her usual mic but the engineer ( Chuck Ainlay) could tell she was  impressed with the way Charles sounded so he switched to the CM67se and finished off with it.

Another potential Nashville hit done with the CM67se!!

Lady Antebellum www.ladyantebellum.com www.advancedauidio-europe.com


Mix Magazine chooses CM47 for "$50k old school studio build":


Wes Maebe's $50k studio setup "boasts brave analogue in a new digital world." Have a look to see the  other gear and AA's CM 47 as the go to LDC.

mix magazine CM47 www.advancedaudio-europe.com


Hugely successful journey!


After a very successful week in Asia the AA team has returned with a load of knowledge and insight into our microphone production and factories day to day operations.

We are now prepared for the launch of some exciting new products and mics in the coming year! Check back in the coming weeks for our discrete transformer coupled DI box announcement, and a new SDC FET pencil mic, the CM1084!


Famed Fader Mountain Studio visit


Fader Mountan Sound Studios, Vancouver, CanadaAdvanced Audio Microphones found ourselves reveling in the famous loading bay at Fader Mountain Sound in Vancouver, BC recently. Formerly, Little Mountain Sound Studios, the studio's loading bay is famous for (or infamous) the shotgun snare sound. It can be found on a huge number of hit albums. Bruce Fairbairn and Bob Rock recorded Aerosmith's Permanent Vacation, Pump and Get a Grip , Metallica's Black Album, Bon Jovi´s Slippery When Wet and New Jersey  and Motley Crue's Dr. Feelgood to name but a few of the greats who have been recorded within those walls.

Fader Mountan Sound Studios, Vancouver, Canada

Winston Hauschild and Dwayne Morgan invited AA's Mike Jones and Scotty Brown down for a tour and a quick visit to the tech room for some mic testing. Winston and Dwayne have been using AA mics and recently used a pair of CM12's to capture the cello in the loading bay for upcoming Nat Jay single. Winston also used the CM12se on Nat Jay's vocals.

Fader Mountan Sound Studios, Vancouver, Canada


Shanghai here we come!!


The company ( yes, all 4 of us!) are heading to Shanghai to visit our factory. We will be discussing the first run of our preamps and gaining even more insight into our capsule and microphone production. Shanghai is the tech capital and we look forward to 'geeking' out in the factory!


Behind the Scenes: a "vintage" orchestral recording session.


London  -  Advanced Audio Microphones had a chance to shine in a way they have never before; on a large ensemble in a world class studio, with award winning pro's at the helm!

"Studio one at Angel Recording Studios"   

Three sessions, all taking place at Angel Recording Studios in London, consisted of 40 of the finest London players and a saxophone soloist. 5 time Grammy nominee Chris Walden arranged and conducted the group, while James McMillan brought his award winning producing skills. Mic choices for a session of this size are not taken lightly. So, when James proposed using AA mics it required some discussion. Niall John Acott, the engineer for the session,  and James have used AA microphones in the past, but never on such a large scale.

" We've used Advanced Audio mics in recent years on a few different sources, mainly CM12se and CM47ve on vocals. More recently, we recorded a string quartet using the CM12's on violins, CM47 on viola and a CM67se on Cello, with great results. A stereo pair of CM28's in ORTF performed well as an ambient pair. The 67 is particularly sonorous on cello." Niall John Acott

Sony Classics was willing to back James and Niall on the decision to utilize the selection of AA mics they had at their disposal in a more vintage set up. (View the official mic sheet here)

"We decided to try two mic set ups, to investigate the possibilities with an entirely Advanced Audio  microphone setup, against our normal mix of Neumann's, AKG's etc" - James McMillan

"CM67se's in a Decca tree"

"A Decca tree of CM67se's in omni pattern, with a pair of CM12se's as outriggers in wide cardioid. Augmented by spot mics on harp (CM48), Piano (CM47ve pair), woodwinds and french horn ( CM28's ambient pair) and finally a CM67se on our soloist. I was keen to compare the CM47fetCE with an original 47fet on the cello front desk. Also the CM87se up against a non ai U87 on the basses."

The session had double mics on everything, a sign of the initial worry many have with AA microphones in comparison to the, " usual suspects, mainly Neumann, with Royer and AKG making an appearance." The CM67se's were up against a triplet of M150 valves, " to give an expansive (and expensive) main sound to the orchestra."

"CM87 and U87 on bass";

"CM47 and M147 on piano"


"The AA mics added a fullness, a thickness to the overall sound that wasn't apparent in the main set up. It certainly didn't get any thinner! I was impressed with the 67's as a Decca tree - well defined, classy sound, good sensitivity at a distance from the source, controlled low end and no perceptible noise level.

All the spot mics worked a treat, with the CM47ve being pressed into solo on one cello piece and the CM87se for viola ( viola solo!?) The CM47's were predictably delicious on piano."

The surprise of the day: The CM48 on harp!

"Excellent presence and transient response, and brought out the notes beautifully. The CM28's also sounded very nice. They filled out the woods and horn sound and gave some distance to the close mics - a great section sound"

"CM28's in the woodwind booth"

A big risk for any engineer on a session of this size is choosing a microphone that is reliable. The big names are tried and true, they know what they will get. If an AA mic had failed or if the sonic value had not been up to par, well, who ever made that call would likely not work again.

"All the mics that AA provided worked perfectly throughout the 12 hours - no technical failures, no popped valves, no noisy cables, no drooping mounts. They pay attention to detail at Advanced Audio." - Niall John Acott - Engineer.

The final verdicts all rang with the same glow of approval:

" It sounds like a 300 piece philharmonic orchestra, you are onto something special here." - Sony Classics rep.

"All in all, the Advanced Audio Microphones proved to be up to the challenge. None of us could be any happier with the result" - Niall John Acott ( Freelance Recording Engineer)

"The AA setup sounded fabulous, particularly a 'decca tree' of three CM67se's." - James McMillan ( Producer)

"All I can say is that it sounded really great." - Chris Walden ( Arranger and composer)


AA is back on the Twittersphere!


We have re joined Twitter folks! https://twitter.com/AA_Microphones

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Follow us to get semi regular tweets about new products and recent recordings done with AA mics. You can also link up with all the other AA mic fans and keep up to date with what they are doing.  https://twitter.com/AA_Microphones


The CM67se wins the heart of Nashville´s elite!


 We are happy to have Chuck Ainlay using the CM67se on Lee Ann Womack´s vocals recently, and he had this to say:

Chuck; "I've got to say, the AA CM67se is killing me. We did vocals on Lee Ann Womack the last few days. In my opinion she's one of the greatest female country singers ever. We did a blindfold shoot out of the AA CM67se against an AKG C12, and  Neumann U67, M269, U47 as well as some other favorites of mine. Not knowing which was which, my co-producer, Lee Ann and I all chose your mic."

Advanced Audio Microphones Europe, chuck Ainlay, Lee Ann Womack


AA Mic Shootout - Ten21 Studios, Maidstone, UK!


Award winning UK engineer/producer Niall Acott and Ten21 Studio owner Sean Kenny put Advanced Audio Microphones CM48 and our latest microphone CM47fetCE up against an AKG 414B-ULS and a Neumann U87ai at Ten21 Recording Studios in Maidstone, Kent. The resulting acoustic guitar tracks show that AA mics are holding their own AND competing with microphones 5 times their price! 

Niall: "I angled the mics as close together as possible, whilst listening on headphones. This allowed me to get the most focused signal for each mic, despite the difference of a couple inches between each capsule. I placed overall about 12 inches from the guitar body/neck join."

The preamps are those of the studio's Audient ASP8036, completely flat and unaltered signals for all 4 mics.

 "In terms of gain, the Neumann U87ai  presented a good level to the IZ ADA convertors of -18 average, -12 peak, with the preamp set to -30dB"

" The U87ai put in the expected credible, workman like result. Good solid sound, a bit zingy perhaps, but acceptable."

 "The CM48 required about 3dB more gain to reach the target level."

"The CM48 came closest to the sound of the U87ai. Solid, with an extended top. Captured the transients well. Mid range detail seems to be facet of the AA mic range."

 "The AKG C414 B-ULS needed and extra 10dB of gain."

" The 414 was more scooped sounding, again a nice sound that would fit well in a mix. I did let it down slightly, by not using a suspension mount. Sean's foot tapping can be heard clearly, but is absent from the other signals. Proof that suspension mounts work!"

"The Advanced Audio CM47fetCE had the quietest output but in a similar area to the 414, I needed 13dB to match the signal level to disk."

"The CM47fetCE sounded incredibly "right" to me. It had a dry, tight pick up. Focused sound with really un-hyped top end. My first impression was that this was the perfect country style acoustic guitar sound. Again, it's the mid range tone that impressed me."


AA CM12 review in Computer Music Studio Italy!


www.advancedaudio-europe.com computer music studio italy AA CM12 review


Advanced Audio Microphones Global Forum


From all of us at Advanced Audio Microphones we would like to wish you a Happy New Year!

AA News 2014!

From today the 1st January 2014 we are proud to launch the Advanced Audio Microphones
Global Forum
. It´s time to join together our new and existing AA mic users, Mic modders and
anybody else who would like to read more about our mics. We hope it can be an educational
opportunity for many. Please log on and post your questions.
To access the forum just click on the FORUM tab on our website or click here:


We look forward to seeing you on the Forum!


CM12 & CM47 in Sound On Sound ! December issue, out now!


Sound On Sound www.advancedaudio-europe.com CM12 CM47

Paul White reviews the CM12 & CM47 in Sound On Sound December issue, out in shops 21 nov 2013.


"To my ears the CM12 has a much more airy sound than my AKG C12VR, with a more controlled low end."

"There’s just an inherent ‘rightness’ to the sound that’s hard to put into words"


CM414's in Mix magazine!


We got a little nod over at Mix Magazine in Wes Maebe's review of the best gear at the AES this year. The CM414 has long been Dave's favorite for overheads on piano or drums, but he also adds, "Sometimes if you want an acoustic guitar to cut through a rock mix the 414 does a great job." We just got a shipment off the boat so we have some of these great microphones available now!

Mix Magasin www.advancedaudio-europe.com Advanced Audio Microphones Europe


AES Convention New York City October 17th - 20th 2013


Advanced Audio Microphones made it´s second appearance at the annual AES convention in the U.S, the response was overwhelming! Our booth had visits from engineering and producing legends like Jon Smeltz (who stopped in to scream "Thank-you!" for his CM12se that he carries in his briefcase. Jon has recorded Al Green, Mariah Cary, Miles Davis and Toots and the Maytals to name but a few) and Chuck Ainlay (Taylor Swift, Dire Straights, Lyle Lovett, Steve Earle and the list goes on!). Also endless visits from home and project studio owners alike.

Thank you NYC!

Chuck Ainlay discussing his new AA mics with Dave (left). Jon Smeltz thanking AA for his CM12se (right).


Elvis Costello and the Roots


Elvis, The Roots and the AA CM12SE recording  'Wise Up Ghost'

Elvis Costello and The Roots, Advanced Audio Microphones CM12SE, www.advancedaudio-europ.com

Fantastic album!! Costello cut a lot of his parts in Crew Studios, in North Vancouver,
Steve Mandel auditioned several vocal mics for Costello and settled on a CM12SE
from AA. Read More


Architects, Gothenburg, Sweden. October 2013


UK band Architects lead vocalist Sam Carter in Studio Fredman, cutting vocals with an AA CM
47 for the up and coming album scheduled for release in Spring 2014.


Lisbon, Portugal November 2013


Advanced Audio in Portugal!

The fantastic Portuguese Fado artist Maria Ana Bobone and producer Rodrigo Serrao in the truly amazing Atlantico Blue Studios, Lisbon, Portugal. Testing several Advanced Audio mics for an up and coming production, AA mics were put up along side the vintage Neumann and AKG classics, which Atlantico Blue has no shortage of.. Once again AA mics were beating the "classics", and in most cases the preferred microphone.

Maria used a AA CM47 for vocals on her last album, watch..

Maria Ana Bobone, Advanced Audio CM12, advancedaudio-europe.com

The AA CM12 vs AKG C12, Maria Ana chooses the AA CM12!


Amy Dickson


The beautiful saxophonist Amy Dickson recording with Advanced Audio!

Amy Dickson the Sony Classic recording artist, tracking with award winning  UK producer James Mc Millan and the Advanced Audio CM12se. A truly beautiful sounding production! www.quietmoney.co.uk


Itunes No. 1 award winning jazz artist Liane Carrol with the CM12SE


Itunes No. 1 Jazz album "Ballards" by Liane Carroll, vocals recorded with an AA CM12SE. Another
wonderful recording by UK producer James McMillan at Quiet Money, capturing the real beauty of
what Liane does best! Listen here.

Lian Carrol CM12, advancedaudio-europe.com

Full review coming soon!

"I can assure I told only the truth in the article, that this microphone is one of the best value on the market, and it is so close to the original akg - for the price and quality of their products - they are the new guardian angels and saviors of a good amount of producers in the world."

Mattia Panzarini

Effettonote Recording Studio, Milan, Italy



Advanced Audio Microphones Europe