The PreSonus® PX-1 large diaphragm and PM-2 stereo set of matched small-diaphragm cardioid condenser microphones cover 90% of live and studio recording applications for sensitive condenser microphones. These two mics make an excellent kit for DJs, songwriters, musicians, podcasters or anyone outfitting a home studio.
The PX-1 has a 25-mm (1-inch) capsule and is an impressive side-address, cardioid-only FET-based microphone. It’s an obvious choice for recording lead and background vocals, stringed instruments, and as a trusty podcasting companion.
I put the PreSonus PX-1 to work as soon as I received it to record a narration/voiceover in my studio. It has a warm sound and open high frequencies. I liked its wide pickup pattern for singers who tend to wander around the front of it while singing. It is easy to set up and comes with a leatherette pouch.
The PreSonus PM-2 has a 19-mm capsule with a gold-sputtered diaphragm, uses an FET amplifier and doesn’t overload until 135dBSPL. The PM-2 kit comes with two mic clips and a stereo mounting bar for spacing them up to 17-cm apart for either 90-degree X/Y mounting or for spaced cardioids that I would use over a drum set. The PM-2s are lightweight and very easy to set up in any positioning in front of acoustic guitars or percussion instruments where they will shine!
Both new microphones are available now. The PX-1 $129.95 MAP and PM-2 $129.95 MAP for the pair.