Microphone-Parts mod kits music gear review

Music Gear Review: Microphone-Parts.Com Mod Kits

Microphone-Parts.com is a website that sells microphone modification kits, assembled mics, capsules, accessories and replacement parts. The mod kits replace the capsule and the internal electronics of cheaply made or broken condenser microphones. The company provides a choice of different new capsules, circuit boards and the parts to build classic, time-proven electronics—identical to the circuits used in vintage microphones costing thousands of dollars.

There is a list of almost 50 different mics in the Mic Mod library of common microphones made all over the world that you can “refurbish” and/or modify. I built the ($349 MSRP) S-87 Microphone kit; it is a large diaphragm FET condenser that uses the classic Schoeps transformerless circuit. These mic kits are intermediate level builds—you do need soldering skills, the necessary tools, magnifying glass and be able to follow directions exactly.

My mic build worked the first time I plugged it in and sounds great—as good as other mics I have costing more than double the kit’s price. If there was a problem, the company will answer questions or “walk” you through troubleshooting.


BARRY RUDOLPH is a recording engineer/mixer who has worked on over 30 gold and platinum records. He has recorded and/or mixed Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hall & Oates, Pat Benatar, Rod Stewart, the Corrs and more. Barry has his own futuristic music mixing facility and loves teaching audio engineering at Musician’s Institute, Hollywood, CA. He is a lifetime Grammy-voting member of NARAS and a contributing editor for Mix Magazinebarryrudolph.com