1LCT 040 Match
The tiny LCT 040 Match is a lightweight, small-diaphragm condenser mic with a 17mm pressure-gradient transducer in the capsule and fixed cardioid polar pattern. It comes as both as an individual and precisely matched stereo pair for superior stereo recording. We used them in several recording scenarios when testing them, including upright piano and acoustic guitar where, in both situations, they offered excellent transient response, detail and a fine stereo image. On a drum kit, they performed very well indeed, capturing the punch and weight of the kit as well as the transient attack of the snare and hi-hats.
We concluded: “As the stereo matching of the Matches is so exacting, they are an ideal choice for stereo room ambience, their open nature adding a lovely expansiveness that is extremely effective on simple singer-songwriter type recordings. If you like to record in true stereo, as opposed to creating stereo mixes from multiple mono sources, the bang-for-buck quality of the LCT 040s will be difficult to, erm, match. So, hats off to LEWITT for offering these high-end sounding original designs at prices affordable to everyone.”
Price £90 each (£175 per pair). Read our full review here.
2LCT 140 Air
This condenser microphone with a single cardioid polar pattern is similar to the now-discontinued LCT 140, but adds an Air switch that adds the kind of high-end sparkle you get from certain interfaces, including those made by Focusrite. It’s a great mic for recording guitar, drums, strings and other acoustic instruments, and it performed incredibly well in our recent budget microphone shoot-out, where it picked up the silver medal.
“Tested flat, without the added ‘Air’ top-end lift, this microphone is all about the midrange. The broad midrange response is beautifully smooth, with the right amount of bite and body and no nasty resonant artifacts. This smoothness is also noticeable in the high frequencies, which do not make themselves obvious unless the Air switch is engaged. Overall, the response is warm and – here’s that word again – smooth.”
Price £135. Read our full review here.
3LCT 240 PRO
This large-diaphragm condenser microphone is striking both in looks and sound. It has a fixed cardioid polar pattern and a stronger mid-forward presence with a slightly rolled-off bottom end, which helps to push the midrange forward. We found it best for guitars, fantastic on percussion like shakers and tambourines and it could even be the perfect suitor for certain vocalists. We concluded: “The LCT 240 PRO could easily find a role in many professional-mic collections, as the voicing will definitely suit some instruments more than others.”
Price £135. Read our full review here.
Like the 140, the 340 is designed for live and studio recording with a range of instruments. It features a single-cardioid capsule that can be interchanged with an (optional) omnidirectional one. Recessed switches provide four settings for attenuation and bass roll-off, making this microphone more flexible than many when it comes to studio use with a nicely full midrange increasing its versatility.
“There’s less colouration in the midrange and overall, the tone is smoother and more full-bodied,” we said. “It’s a high-quality, small-capsule condenser with useful real-world features and clean, crisp sound.”
Price £279. Read our full review here.
5LCT 440 PURE
Another large-diaphragm condenser microphone, the 440 Pure has a slightly larger one-inch capsule that has a slightly different sound to the 240 Pro, with a more honest tonality, stronger bottom end, a less-hyped midrange and an open top end. It’s great for a range of vocalists and more suited to simpler mixes comprising just guitar and vocal.
“If you’re looking for one mic to make the centrepiece of a modest collection, or even to be the only mic you own, the LCT 440 Pure is a great option, providing an open, balanced signal which could easily be used to record all manner of instruments and voices without any trouble.”
Price £245. Read our full review here.
6LCT 640 TS
There are other multi-patterned microphones out there that enable you to choose a different polar pattern when recording, but how many offer you the chance to change the polar pattern in post production? The LCT 640 does just that by offering five polar patterns – Omni, Broad Cardioid, Cardioid, Super Cardioid and Figure-8 – but has a Dual-Output mode where the mic uses a second output to let you record the front and rear diaphragms to separate channels. You can then use a Polarizer plug-in to change the polar pattern in the mix – clever stuff!
We said: “If you enjoy experimenting with recordings, this microphone would be an excellent addition to your arsenal. Furthermore, if you are looking to invest in your first multi-pattern condenser, this can always be used as a standard condenser as well as in Dual-Output mode, and is a great-sounding microphone.”
Price £879. Read our full review here.