Reviews & Testimonials

The Swamp Nots Swing with Bartlett Mics June 23 2014

Swamp Nots using Bartlett mics

"Both Rich Hartness and I use your mics. This is the best way by far to amplify acoustic instruments." 

For his mandolin, Gary mounts a Bartlett Fiddle Mic between the tailpiece and bridge. Rick mounts his Bartlett Guitar Mic on the guitar's soundhole.

'Here is a video of us using our Bartletts that I hope you will enjoy. Thank you… Gary Silverstein"



Mike up the band with Bartlett Mics January 29 2014

"Hey Bruce, after having heard how the my new Fiddle Mic sounded, the banjo player and mandolin player in my band bought themselves one. The sound quality is excellent, sounding just like my instrument! Here's a pic of us playing at the River Falls contra dance in Marietta, SC: notice that I'm standing right over the monitor without feedback! There's a lot of mics the same shape, but not at all comparable in sound and quality." -- Joshua Johnson

Grammy-Winning Quartet Relies on Bartlett Microphones August 11 2013

A two-time Grammy winner, the Turtle Island Quartet is known for its lush string sound and genre-bending musical innovation. Now celebrating its 25th year as a quartet, this Fall the group has chosen Bartlett miniature instrument microphones for their live-sound reinforcement.

Violist Jeremy Kittel says, “The mics are sounding great -- no EQ at all necessary most of the time.” The quartet had previously used microphones that needed a fair amount of EQ at the mixer to reduce harshness, but the new Bartlett mics are tuned specifically for close-miking stringed instruments.

“I recently heard the Quartet perform at the University of Notre Dame” said microphone designer Bruce Bartlett. “It was a thrill to hear these virtuoso players using our mics in concert. The house sound was warm, sweet and easy on the ears.”

Since 1985 the Turtle Island Quartet has created new trends in chamber music for strings -- playing jazz, bluegrass, swing, be-bop, funk, R&B, rock, hip-hop as well as the music of Latin America and India. Their latest album “Have You Ever Been” features the music of Jimi Hendrix and Turtle Island Quartet founder and composer-in-residence David Balakrishnan.

With over a dozen major-label recordings and motion picture sound tracks, the group has appeared on the Today Show, All Things Considered, and Prairie Home Companion.

Bartlett designs and builds specialty microphones for acoustic instruments and theater productions. Owner/engineer Bruce Bartlett says, “As long-time fans of the Turtle Island Quartet, we are honored to help convey its beautiful sound to its audiences.”


Recording Made Simple with Clip-on Mics July 27 2013

Imagine a recording session with no mic stands, headphones or isolation booths. It’s entirely possible using Bartlett clip-on mics on the instruments.

Saluda Grade, a North Carolina string band, recently recorded an album at our studio. With our mini mics on their instruments, the band played in a tight circle as they normally jam at home. The close miking eliminated leakage and room acoustics, so no isolation booths were needed. The players could punch-in corrections without creating "ghost" tracks. Sound samples are at the end of this article.  Read more