Boutique microphone company, Ear Trumpet Labs (ETL), announces Nadine; the newest addition to their stellar product line, designed specifically for upright bass. Nadine is a medium-large diaphragm condenser microphone that excels in capturing the natural acoustic sound of the upright bass, picking up as much of the surface sound as possible while highlighting its rich low end. With great feedback rejection, it is perfect for live players to use with stage monitors. Early admirers of Nadine include Daniel Kimbro (Jerry Douglas Band, Audio Engineer/Producer WDVX Blue Plate Special), Zach Newton (FOH Jerry Douglas Band & The Earls of Leicester) and the microphone’s namesake, Nadine Landry (Foghorn String Band).
Philip Graham, founder of Ear Trumpet Labs, knew that there was room in the marketplace for a great upright bass microphone. “For years, upright bass players have been asking me if I could do anything to help them get natural sound from their instruments when they need to be amplified live. My friend Nadine Landry (Foghorn String Band) finally prevailed on me to experiment with some of my existing models to find the best sound,” Graham notes. “Of course we named the resulting microphone the ‘Nadine’, and we’ve been blown away by the response from every player and engineer who has tried it out. We think we have built a great new tool that provides the most natural bass sound with great feedback control, and we’re really excited to be able to offer it to all bass players.”
As with all ETL microphones, the design is equally as important as the sound quality. Graham wanted to devise a mounting system that was both secure and could be easily removed to accommodate touring musicians. Physically, the mic is separated into the body, which securely straps to the tailpiece with velcro elastic, and the head, which mounts easily between the strings above the tailpiece using a rubber grommet. There is a 14-inch Mogami cable that connects the two parts, making it easy to place the mic on any bass and transition from instrument to instrument.
Ear Trumpet Labs is currently accepting orders for Nadine, via their website with a waiting list, those who ordered before November 8th are guaranteed delivery by Christmas.
Praise for Nadine:
“As an in-ear user, I am so happy to finally have one bass sound that I can use and be so satisfied with. Suddenly these two guys who I have heard for hundreds of shows sound even better. Something I didn’t think possible and already head and shoulders above the rest of the fray. Thank you again for giving us all greater sonic unity.”
“I’ve noticed that with most “bass” mics I use the pickup for the bottom, and the mic to get some of the upper mid range stuff back that I usually dial out of a piezo pickup…With the Nadine though, my favorite sounds are down there in the lower, creamy chocolate places. It’s so, so, so nice with the bow.”
–Daniel Kimbro (Jerry Douglas Band, Audio Engineer/Producer WDVX Blue Plate Special)
“She sounded great! Very honest bass tone from top to bottom. The lower range is were she really shined… With Nadine strapped on there was no need to use the pickup; the low mids to lows had the most natural bass tone I have ever heard out front. Thank You! You have done it again! It is an honor and pleasure to use your mics.”
–Zach Newton (FOH for Jerry Douglas Band and The Earls of Leicester)
“Upright bass players, rejoice! The Nadine – newest addition of the Ear Trumpet Labs family – is here and is amazing! I’ve used it at outdoor festivals, concert halls, bar gigs, all kinds of venues and sounded great everywhere! Unlike pickups, the Nadine makes your upright bass sound like an upright bass- the way it’s supposed to sound! With a sleek design and an easy installation setting right on the bass itself, the Nadine is the perfect microphone for upright bass players wanting to maintain the integrity of acoustic sound. The whole inventory of Ear Trumpet Labs products has made quite the impression on the acoustic world and the Nadine is no exception. Hurry up, get yours now, you can thank me later!”
– Nadine Landry (Foghorn Stringband and Cajun Country Revival)
“From a small loud rock club in Cleveland, an outdoor festival in Texas or Music City Roots in Nashville, Nadine has been completely consistent and reliable. Every FOH engineer so far has commented that the mic sounds best with the EQ flat – relating the tone of the bass first and foremost. I have used monitors without any issues – sometimes even blending my piezo with Nadine – but I prefer just the mic. The best compliment I’ve had is, ‘Your bass sounds great.'” – Simon Flory, High Plains Jamboree