The Antelope Edge Duo Microphone claims to be an affordable modeling microphone that can emulate the expensive and widely-used mics of yesteryear at a fraction of the cost.
Could microphone modeling be the recording magic you’ve been searching for?
This is exactly what we’re here to find out in our Antelope Audio Edge Duo Review
- Single Capsule, Dual-Membrane Condenser
- Switchable Polar Patterns
- -116dB Dynamic Range
- 20Hz-20kHz Frequency Response
The Antelope Audio Edge Duo is a large-diaphragm condenser microphone that comes with a dual-membrane capsule and connects through dual XLR outputs. This is to help create the proper proximity effect and on/off-axis response of each vintage microphone that it mimics.
Antelope gives you the ability to tweak the frequency response with variable software, meaning that you can move in-between cardioid, omnidirectional, and figure-eight patterns to find the perfect match for your specific recording situation. If you are recording two vocalists at once, for example, the figure-eight pattern can help you capture each of those vocalists discretely.
11 different microphone models come with the Antelope Edge Duo, including a few vintage German condensers, ribbon emulations, and more. Because the microphone is neutral and flat in terms of frequency response, it can process the incoming sound using emulator software to recreate the sound of the selected microphone, all within an easy-to-use interface.
When it comes to economical and amateur vocalist, producer, or engineer, the Antelope Audio Edge Duo is a solid buy. Having the ability to change microphones and transform your recording experience at the touch of a button seems like audio science fiction, though Antelop has made it possible. The beauty is, the modeling software is actually legitimate sounding. It presents a variety of flavors with each emulation, giving recordists the sensation of having switched physical microphones. You can even add the sound of the emulation once you are done recording, which is perfect if you don’t want to tire out your voice with a hundred different takes to find the right sound.
Pros and Cons
- Exceptional microphone modeling technology
- Very affordable and practical choice
- Comes with everything you need to get started
- 18 Microphone emulations in one system
- Emulations sound very much like the real thing.
- A little bit complicated to initially setup.
Should You Buy It?
Aside from how wonderful the modeling technology sounds, the Antelope Edge duo is a perfectly good microphone on its own. Most of us can’t afford to throw down thousands of dollars to have one-of-a-kind, vintage microphones at our disposal, so why not do the next best thing and get a microphone that has the ability to emulate those mics? As for the answer of whether or not we think it is worth the cost, we’d give it a 100% yes.