New ND Series microphones from Electro-Voice

Electro-Voice (EV) presented the new ND Series of wired vocal and instrument microphones at Prolight + Sound. The successor to the N/Dym Series, the ND Series expands the previous offering with four vocal and four instrument mics for live and studio applications.

At the heart of these latest dynamic models is a new large-diaphragm capsule designed to take the technology of the original N/Dym capsule to new levels of sonic performance. Vocalists can select a specific ND Series mic to provide optimal results according to venue size and/or stage volume, while sound engineers and musicians will benefit from easy set-up due to innovative mechanical solutions that solve typical instrument mic placement challenges, EV says. They also offer dent-resistant Memraflex grilles, humbucking coils to guard against EMF noise and shock-mounted capsules to minimise handling noise.

The ND Series dynamic vocal microphones are built to address three distinct application scenarios, and are differentiated by polar pattern, capsule voicing and grille shape.

The ND76 and ND76S (with on/off switch) are best used in small to medium-sized venues, with a cardioid polar pattern and ‘pronounced upper-mid-range presence for crisp, clear and balanced vocal tone’; the ND86 is aimed at large concert and festival-sized venues, with a controlled supercardioid polar pattern and reduced sensitivity to specific off-axis frequencies, particularly stage noise; the ND96 will suit loud stages of any size, with high gain-before-feedback that pushes vocals through the mix. It achieves this with a supercardioid polar pattern, a tailored frequency curve and a distinctive squared-off grille, which allows the singer to get as close as possible to the capsule.

Moving on to the instrument models, three dynamic models and one small-diaphragm condenser model are available, each optimised for their applications by polar pattern, capsule voicing and mechanical design.

The ND44 is a lightweight clip-on dynamic mic ideal for tom-tom and snare drums. The mounting clip ensures quick, secure placement on drum rims, while a compact form factor and low-profile angling head allow for precise, unobtrusive placement in other applications, according to the company. It is equally capable when deployed on guitar cabinets – either stand-mounted or hung directly over the cabinet.

The larger ND46 dynamic mic was created for drums and general instrument miking, with a unique locking pivot mechanism for simple and accurate positioning – particularly in hard-to-reach areas of drum kits. It will also achieve results in lower frequency applications, including floor toms and bass cabinets.

The new ND Series also adds a small-diaphragm condenser model to the lineup – the ND66. Its filters, pads and locking pivoting head – described as the only one of its kind on the market – make it a versatile choice for drum overheads, hi-hats, close-miked drums, acoustic guitar, piano and any other typical small-diaphragm condenser applications.

Completing the ND Series is the ND68 dynamic, voiced to deliver a powerful kick drum sound with little or no additional equalisation required. Offering extended low frequency response and high sound pressure level handling, it is also effective when used on other bass instruments.

The ND Series will be available in spring 2016.