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 1.3

Optimized for iOS 8 and iPhone 6.

Ratings and Reviews

2.0 out of 5
3 Ratings

3 Ratings

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.

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.

The zombie people ,

Don't Buy This

This could have been a great app. Ocean Way has one of (if not "THE") best collections of microphones in the world.

They could have pictured hundreds of microphones, written in-depth reviews of them, recorded audio samples, given ideas on mic placements and uses, expert advice that could have been invaluable... instead they did a cheap "fly by" app to cash in (as the first reviewer indicated ) . Now, Frankly, I doubt they made lots of money on this - had they - they probably would have invested more time and energy. As is, however, they created something that is fairly useless and deserves to be ignored. And speaking of, "ignored", they haven't updated this in years. So, unless someone really wants to spend money for next to nothing... avoid this app.


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121.9 MB

Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



Age Rating
Rated 4+
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