Cliff Mics is the brainchild of Cliff Henricksen, an engineer and inventor in professional audio/musical sound, and a lifelong musician, composer, bandleader and recording artist. He is founder of Cliff Mics.
As early as his graduate education in Mechanical Engineering, Cliff has had "one foot in the lab and one foot on the bandstand", working as an MIT research assistant, studying engineering days and playing Hammond Organ in an active Boston rock and roll band at night. Since then, Cliff has applied his academic training to inventing new industry-advancing technologies in the professional audio industry and then using the resulting products at his gigs. It's still true today, as Cliff is a very active musician who writes, composes, plays and records the music of his band Big Red Sun in and around the Boston area.
A few years ago, Cliff decided to take on a project that he began decades ago with his friend and colleague Doug Fearn (www.dwfearn.com) to create an advanced and completely "Made In America" ribbon microphone that he felt would be an essential recording tool to both musicians and audio engineers alike.
That is how Cliff Mics and his first microphone, the RM1, came about.
For more info on Cliff's background, visit his Wikipedia page.
Cliff Talks About the RM1
"I love the idea of this almost-weightless, soft, flexy diaphragm of pure aluminum vibrating in a magnetic field and generating electrical signals. The conductor and the diaphragm are both the same thing. I think this is a magical property. It is both the simplest and most elegant form of transduction of sound to electricity. One advance is an extreme, high-intensity magnetic field for the ribbon to "live" in. Simply put, more magnetic field strength translates to more at-the-ribbon output, period. I used my background of designing monster mega-flux magnetic assemblies for compression drivers and pro bass drivers to come up with a magnetic circuit that gives an unprecedentedly intense magnetic field . Just that single improvement gave me more than 6dB more output (and 6dB less noise) than anything available. I also collaborated with Lloyd Baggs' engineering staff ( www.lrbaggs.com ) to create a very special, all-discrete, phantom-powered audiophile preamp and put amplification and voicing filters right at the ribbon. Combined, these two advancements result in extremely low noise, especially compared to what a user normally has to provide with typically noisier equipment way downstream. Combined with an integral subsonic-tuned shockmount system, the mic's heavy frame and a two-stage popfilter/grille system, the RM1 speaks with a very pure and quiet output. The RM1 represents a big improvement in noise, tone and usability over traditional ribbon mics. This microphone is really easy to use and the results are always the same: exactly what you hoped for. Like the "no-look" basketball pass, I like to call using the RM1 "no-look" recording. You know where it's going (it's going to sound right) , so just go be the artist you are with confidence and don't worry about it."