Every Ohma screen has its different sonic nuances, but choosing your mic screen by look or sound are both valid approaches.
What's your sound?
We're not here to make any hard-and-fast rules on how to choose a microphone screen. Nothing in life is black and white. Everything is subjective. We believe you can choose something that's best for you. After all, you know yourself better than anyone else.
A lot of it comes down to personal taste. Our mantra, "If it sounds good, it is good", can be intimidating to those who are used to being dictated what to do. At the end of the day, it all comes down to what you like the sound of. If you're ever stuck on which screen to choose, just think about the vibe you're going for.
That being said, there are a few factors that can help narrow down your choices when it comes to choosing a microphone screen.
Each screen will give you a different flavor of the Ohma sound, but at their core, it’s hard to make a bad decision with a screen swap. So, where to begin?
There’s no wrong answer when it comes to choosing your Ohma mic screen. No matter what type of music you play or instrument you have, there’s an Ohma screen that will complement it.
Type of Screens
Motif Screens - The vibiest of the screens. It affects the sound in the most drastic way, giving a big bump in the top end (at 13khz!) with a sharp drop off at 17khz. Vocals, podcasts, drums, guitars, anything you want to add some character to.
Stripes Screens - Was modeled after the classic ribbon mic grilles found in the microphones we love using on amps. Bumps the midrange and reduces the proximity effect. Guitars, amps, bass, brass, toms.
Windows Screens - The most open and natural screen. There is nothing directly in front of the recording element, except for one layer of mesh, which allows the microphone to do its magic without anything getting in the way. Drums, rooms, strings, brass, woodwinds.
Holey Screens - Halfway between open and color while leaning open. Adds a nice character to your sound in the midrange, while leaving the top end fairly natural. Vocals, drums, toms/percussion, brass, acoustic instruments, podcasts.
Scales Screens - A very even sounding mic with a slight top-end boost. Adds a nice character to your sound up top, but is not as drastic as Motif. Vocals, drums, guitars, acoustic instruments, brass, percussion, podcasts.
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If you're ever feeling lost and don't know where to start, our team is always here to help guide you in the right direction – even if that means sending you a few screens to try out. We want you to find what works best for *you*.
So call us your microphone matchmakers! We're happy to help you find the perfect screen for your needs.]
Swap it until you find your sound!
Think of Ohma screens as musical mood rings. If you’re ever stuck on which screen to choose, think about the vibe you’re going for. And if you're like me, you can even switch out the screens on your Ohma microphone to match your outfit for the day.
Now that you know all about our screens, it's time to get out there and start swapping! We can't wait to hear what you come up with. Remember, there are no wrong answers, only what sounds good to you.