Prodipe TT-1 Vocal Mic
The TT1 is a mic that Prodipe have developed in conjunction with recording engineer Ludovic Lanen, and as with several of their other models, it his signature. Prodipe say they wanted to offer a high-quality, live-sound, cardioid-pattern dynamic mic at a very affordable price, so they worked their way through over 100 Chinese-built capsules until they found one that met their demands. They were so pleased with the end results that they claim the mic is also up to serious studio use, despite its modest price tag. Prodipe also say that the mic compares favourably with industry standards, and it boasts a high output level. Its specified frequency response is 50Hz-15KHz, though looking at the graph it seems this is measured at -10dB rather than the standard -3dB. There’s also a broad and quite generous presence hump that starts to rise above 2kHz, peaking at around 8kHz.
Physically, the mic is very solid and nicely finished, with a black, rubbery coating and a foam-lined black basket that unscrews for easy cleaning. In fact, the body styling is very similar to my own Telefunken M80 dynamic mic. There’s also a slide on/off switch, but there’s a grub screw to lock this in the ‘on’ position if required. A stand-clip (European thread size) and a soft carrying pouch are included.
I made some test recordings using the TT1 alongside my Telefunken M80, an ancient Shure PE65L I bought in the ’70s (which is not unlike an SM57), and a Sennheiser MD421. All three provided good intelligibility and tonal balance, so when the Prodipe TT1 produced results of a comparable quality, but a few dBs higher in level, I was pleasantly surprised. The TT1 was slightly fuller sounding at the low end than the Shure mic, and came to the sound of the M80 and the 421, neither of which can be described as cheap. In fact, it was an education to hear how similar all these mics were on vocals, with the main differences being in the lower-mid range. The TT1 also worked really well on electric guitar, capturing bite without edginess and plenty of lower-mid warmth. At this price, you can afford to buy one as a spare mic — and who knows, it might just become a firm favourite!
Review by Paul White….Sound on Sound Magazine