The Earthworks SV33 condenser microphone is a interesting and impressive offering in the realm of studio vocal microphones. Earthworks is know for the jaw dropping realism their mics provide. The SV33 is no exception, as it provides that stunning detail we expect from an Earthworks microphone. But it is unique in the regards that it is the first time that Earthworks has designed a microphone with studio vocal applications specifically in mind. Further, when you actually hear the mic, when you use it , and you hear the subtle warmth, the slight forwardness, and the overall musicality that really elevates the voice – you get this smile on your face. It is impressive how they balanced the SV33 out to perform as it does. It is a vocal microphone that will take any vocalist (male or female) and any genre, and handle it beautifully. When I was able to test the mic, I ran it on vocals and acoustic guitars, through seven different mic preamps, and not once did I get a negative result. Sure I find that I prefer it with certain preamps, but not one of the tracks through any of the preamps was unusable or unpleasing.
I've been a long time Earthworks user and owner, and love what they do. The SV33 is bold in that it is so outside of what Earthworks is commonly known for – and is a great example as why we should think of them beyond what we've known them for, encourage them to be bold like this more, and even think about how we can use the gear they make – in way unintended.
If you have no heard the SV33 yet, check out this great performance from YouTube Guitar Guru Rob Swift, performing an original song recorded with the Earthworks SV33 on vocals and the Earthworks SR25 on guitar.