Electro Voice The Raven Mic Review
Original author: Todd Simpson
Weapon: Dynamic Mic
Make: Electro Voice
Model: The Raven
Price: $199 U.S. List Price (Cheaper online)
MY NEW FAVORITE DYNAMIC MIC (I AM REPLACING MY SHURE SM58 FOREVER)
I"ve fallen in love with an obscure microphone for recording Guitar. It's called THE RAVEN and made by Electro Voice. I was shocked at this as I don't usually like EV mics. Come to find out, this mic was actually designed by BLUE, who make great mics.
It sounds AMAZING on guitar cabs, and on kick drums oddly enough. Great low frequency response. I"ll attach some examples of recordings made with it. If you play heavy music, especially detuned stuff or a 7/8 string guitar. This is the mic for you.
Here is a chart of its frequency response for Audio Geeks.
Here is the original info one sheet.
Here is a link to the vendor web site with more info.
And here are some recordings. One is just a solo recorded using only the Raven. The other is a full song demo done using only the Raven for Guitar and bass:
Here is a bit of history on the mic and its pedigree. Makes sense now that I know all this.
"The Raven was designed by Blue around the time that Telex Communications, parent of Electrovoice, signed a distribution deal with Blue. The original branding on this mic was “EV/Blue Raven.” Since Blue and Telex have parted ways, Electrovoice retained the rights to the Raven, and are updating the branding to reflect this. The new name is simply Raven." - ...Read more
All in all, I love this microphone and I'm putting away my SM57 and SM58 for good regarding guitar cabinets. This just blows them away.