Samar is a super-high quality, boutique microphone maker out of Salt Lake City, Utah. We have owned and use Samar's award-winning ribbon microphone on many of our videos and in-store demos, and are now excited to add Samar's new condenser mic to our offerings.
The Samar TF-10 boasts all the body and authority you would want in a cardoid-pattern LDC, with great top-end presence, and excellent off-axis response. When used on acoustic guitar, the results are detailed and full, without sounding overly hyped. If you are looking for one do-it-all condenser microphone that sounds as good as it looks, the TF-10 is worth a listen.
More from Samar's own description:
"The heart of the TF10 is a unique proprietary cardioid capsule designed by the company’s owner and chief engineer Dr. Mark Fouxman. The capsule is a single sided 3-chambered design. The 1st and 2nd chambers shape the capsule's frequency response, and the 3rd sets time delay. This 3-chamber independence allows precise optimization of all parameters; it also ensures superior frequency and phase integrity in off axis response, so it takes EQ very well. The unique construction and use of special materials eliminates the capsules parasitic capacitances and ensures low distortion and ultimate transparency, providing a very realistic sound picture. The capsule has been designed to work without usual for condenser microphones DC-to-DC bias converter, which reduces distortions even further...
Created to facilitate a wide range of applications the TF10 delivers smooth sound, with deep bass response and an un-hyped, sibilance free, top end. Due to the un-colored and neutral nature of the sonics built into the TF10, it is especially suitable for applications where sibilance-free sound is a priority, notably vocals and voice over applications. The extended low end and smooth top end make the TF10 an excellent choice for violins, brass instruments, mandolin, acoustic and electric guitars, drum overheads, room microphones, orchestra, and choir among other recording, broadcast, and classical music applications."