This app is an indispensable and vital tool for any musician or recording engineer that is looking for the right microphone for the right instrument and how to use it. Allen Sides is considered the world's leading authority on vintage and contemporary recording microphones and their uses. Allen owns the world's premier microphone collection. He is also the owner of Ocean Way and Record One recording studios, is a legendary grammy-winning engineer with close to 40 years of experience, and has worked with everyone from Frank Sinatra to Green Day. In this app, learn his secrets on how to pair the right microphone with the right instrument with its optimum placement. This app also contains a comprehensive list of microphones and instruments and gives diagrams and specs on each.

What’s New

Version 1.4

Updated for iOS 13

Ratings and Reviews

3.2 out of 5
5 Ratings

5 Ratings

Pookie10 ,

Poorly ported from the original

I bought the original Allen Sides Mac OS-9 CD-ROM that contained the content (audio files, commentaries and images) used in this app. I used that CD-ROM in my classes on critical listening - as there was nothing else like it - and then OSX came along and it became obsolete. So much of the original was poorly ported over to IOS. Many audio files click/pop and have cut-off tails. Most of the written commentary from Allen Sides is missing. The pics are small, grainy and dithered. There is also no way to directly choose an instrument then select the mic - you have to just poke around until the proper categories align and you get the mic/instrument pairing category you want. I hope Steve Vai takes the time to update this with hi-res recordings, non-grainy pics, and adding to it with a collection including more modern and commonly available mics. All that said, it’s not a useless app, and is still a valuable and peerless resource.

Demon Driver ,

Small mic library, not much on technique

Good descriptions of the mics listed. Most of them are what I would consider more high end >$350. Of the mics listed, I have 3 in my project studio: SM57, D112, D2. More affordable consumer grade mics by EV, Sennheiser, Shure, ect. would be nice to see. I would also like to see more detail regarding placement and purpose. ( how do I move this mic to get "X" sound ) I am hopeful that updates will include more of "my" mics.

JDubRecording ,

Just a quick $ for Steve Vai

I was led to purchase this app by Steve Vai. I am a recording engineer producer and when he announced this app on his Facebook page I am sure many people flocked to it thinking he had something to do with it and that it was a great tool for information and usage on mics. Steve didn't play any of the audio samples, he just used his name to make sales. The actual content is lacking. It's been out years now and there are no significant updates. It's missing some common but important mic'd and could be a much better source of information. Like i said, I was sucked into buying it b cause Steve Vai pushed it to his fans. Steve and his business partner probably made a couple million from sales and the app doesn't really do anything for you.


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138.8 MB

Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



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