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Lauten Audio releases Snare Mic purpose-built FET condenser

21st September 2023 11:07 am

Closeup of a microphone on a snare drum with drum sticks

Lauten Audio introduces revolutionary microphone designed explicitly for use on snare drums

SAN JOSE, CA  —Family-owned microphone maker Lauten Audio has announced the release of the Snare Mic — a purpose-built, large-diaphragm FET condenser microphone designed explicitly for use on snare drums.

At only 109mm in size, the Snare Mic is optimized for use in small spaces while delivering the impact, nuance, and distinct characteristics of a snare drum without the drawbacks of traditional solutions. A carefully tuned frequency response – tailored to the suggestions of multiple professional studio and live engineers – an ultra-high dynamic range, and up to 28dB of off-axis rejection ensure professional, mix-ready results straight out of the box.


Celebrating the snare

To support the release of the Snare Mic, Lauten Audio has also launched SNARE – a four-part documentary series that reconnects legendary drummers with the snare drums they chose to define the sound of multiple hit records.

Episode 1 features Brad Wilk (Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave, Black Sabbath), and 10 x Grammy-winning Engineer Darrell Thorp, on location at Dave Grohl and Foo Fighters’ Studio 606.


SNARE – Episode One featuring Brad Wilk (Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave) at Studio 606

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“Snare drums are the lifeblood of music,” says Lauten Audio President Trent Thompson. “When you’re in a room with one, you don’t just hear it. You feel it in your bones. That sensation is REALLY difficult to capture, which is why people throw so many microphones, post-processing, and even sound replacement at snare drums.

“Our goal with Snare Mic was to make that process easy — one microphone that captures the totality of a snare drum, without needing to do all of those other things.”


Lauten Audio Snare Mic at an angleMassive sound, minimized bleed

The Lauten Audio ​Snare Mic is built from the ground up for getting the optimal snare drum sound in any scenario where miking drums is required.

Snare Mic’s compact, hand-tuned capsule and wide frequency response provides enveloping, three-dimensional sound, while its superior off-axis rejection keeps that sound clear and focused, with optimal phase coherence so that it can fit more easily into a mix.

This enables Snare Mic to easily replace a traditional multi-mic setup while still capturing every nuance of a snare hit – from the attack of the initial impact to the resonant decay of the drum head. Snare Mic’s onboard HP and LP filters also provide additional tone shaping at the source to make it easier than ever to dial in the exact sound required without turning any knobs at a control desk.

As with all Lauten Audio microphones, Snare Mic has been engineered for ease of use, long-term durability, and reliability.

At 4.2”in length it fits effortlessly within even the most densely populated of drum kits and works equally well in both stand and rim-mounted applications.

Snare Mic’s solid brass headframe, vibration-resistant capsule design, and mildew-resistant dust filter protect it from stick hits and debris, ensuring it will continue to provide incredible snare drum sounds for the long haul.

Find out more about the Lauten Audio Snare Mic


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