Any audio equipment that succeeds well in imitating the human hearing has always had a permanent place in the toolbox of audio engineers. The early type of microphones, ribbon microphones, are such devices. It has a natural human-like way of hearing sounds and therefore it in most cases outperforms other types of microphones.
Nothing comes for free though- as our hearing also the ribbon microphone is a delicate and fragile instrument, unable to withstand long periods of time in front of a loud sound source without permanent damage.
Sandhill has managed to solve this annoying problem common to all ribbon microphones, while maintaining their classic tone and behavior. The Sandhill ribbon microphones are constructed by applying modern materials and fabrication methods to the traditional well proven concept.
Our in-depth research and product development has given our ribbon microphones more definition, musicality, and most of all convenience never experienced before. Our goal is that you don't need a PhD to record an electric guitar.
The Sandhill ribbon microphone is a versatile and very musical sounding tool for professional use. In addition, it is easy and safe to use. For it's durability it's also the perfect choice for live and project studio situations.
The mechanical structure of the consists of rigid precision machined aluminum and steel part assembly resulting a resonance free frame for the ribbon.
The ribbon element is electrically conductive composite material making it significantly stronger than traditional aluminum ribbons. This extra strength allows Sandhill to use only minimal screening around the ribbon without the fear of broken transducers. The microphone can handle unbelievably high sound pressure levels without any sign of distortion or physical damage. Sandhill custom corrugated ribbon profile is designed to minimize the effect of standing wave modes on a ribbon element.
The active circuitry of the Sandhill is designed to prevent the preamplifier from damping the ribbon. The circuit works as a very high constant load to the ribbon while providing a low output impedance that any preamp can handle. With active electronics, the ever critical transient response and low end frequency response are optimized. Using passive ribbon microphones with preamps that have a low input impedance is a gamble. Sandhill will work optimal with any preamp capable of delivering nominal gain and 48 Volt phantom power.
Quality comes from attitude. There is always a person behind quality and observing quality benefits the user as well as the manufacturer. The high and constant Sandhill quality is not a coincidence. It comes about a tight criteria and the knowledge of how much one can deviate from it. The criteria is based on empirical knowledge of what the quality control should be focused on. Sandhill Audio Ltd. applies it’s own quality system that consists of all the phases of manufacturing from acknowledged material suppliers to individual technical and audible testing of the final product. The sound of every Sandhill microphone is documented to ensure the high quality standards are met.