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Microphone X Marks the Spot

Aphex moves into the microphone biz

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For years Aphex has had boxes that microphones plug into but now it has a microphone, the



The Microphone X is a USB mic and, of course being an Aphex product, it features Aphex’s well-known Exciter and Big Bottom processing technologies. An optical processor is said to be inside as well.

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Admittedly, it’s a bit unusual to put processors into a microphone but Aphex explains in a release, “The Microphone X is configured to put all of the key analog processing used for recording the voice before the conversion to digital, thereby ensuring the best possible recording quality.”

More mundane, the Microphone X is a cardioid-patterned condenser microphone. It has input trim and headphone output controls. Digital conversion is 24-bit/96 kHz. It ships with Reaper DAW and Harrison Mixbus software and is compatible with Windows XP/Vista/7 and Mac OS X 10.5+.