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How do I choose an Ohma mic screen?

Written by: Charlene Gibbs



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Every Ohma screen has its different sonic nuances, but choosing your mic screen by look or sound are both valid approaches. 

What's your sound?

We're not here to make any hard-and-fast rules on how to choose a microphone screen. Nothing in life is black and white. Everything is subjective. We believe you can choose something that's best for you. After all, you know yourself better than anyone else.

A lot of it comes down to personal taste. Our mantra, "If it sounds good, it is good", can be intimidating to those who are used to being dictated what to do. At the end of the day, it all comes down to what you like the sound of. If you're ever stuck on which screen to choose, just think about the vibe you're going for.

That being said, there are a few factors that can help narrow down your choices when it comes to choosing a microphone screen. Each screen will give you a different flavor of the Ohma sound, but at their core, it’s hard to make a bad decision with a screen swap. So, where to begin?

There’s no wrong answer when it comes to choosing your Ohma mic screen. No matter what type of music you play or instrument you have, there’s an Ohma screen that will complement it.

Ohma screen sets

Type of Screens

Motif Screens

Motif is our flagship screen set and is designed to create a well-rounded, textured sound that is easy on the ears. It has a solid, full-bodied tone that is well-balanced between the lows, mids, and highs. This screen sounds "finished" right out of the box and stacks well in a mix. Transient and versatile, Motif is ready for whatever you throw at it.

  • Solid, warm, and round sound.
  • Well-balanced between the lows, mids, and highs.
  • Distinct yet forgiving.

Stripes Screens

Perfect for picking up midrange tones. Electric guitar comes to life with this mic. It has a very "up-front" sound that will be instantly recognizable to your audience. The transients are also very "snappy" making this screen a great choice for percussive playing.

  • The go-to screen for exciting midrange recordings.
  • Great for electric guitar and amped sources.
  • "Up-front" recognizable tone.
  • Great choice for polishing percussive sounds.

Windows Screens

Get the full, candid sonic essence of the Ohma Debby capsule or Ohma Ribbon. This building block can be easily sculpted to your liking. The low-end is plush and smooth, like a newly paved road, and the high-end is naturally open, making this a great choice for those looking for a microphone that has a natural, open sound.

  • Neutral screen delivering the sonic essence of the Ohma Debby capsule and Ohma Ribbon
  • Natural, open sound.
  • Plush and smooth low-end.

Holes Screens

Articulate response with gentle lows and a smooth top-end. It has a natural roll-off in the low end that lends itself well to a clear and brighter sound. It's an overall "chill hang" of a screen.

  • Designed to reduce low frequencies and add clarity to the highs.
  • Smooth sound with defined transients.
  • Natural roll-off mitigates proximity effect and tilts sound to a brighter range.

Scales Screens

Scales is a go-to with its bright, crisp sound and tamed low end. Any source will be able to cut through a mix with ease. It has "dynamic mic" vibes with less brittleness and more low-end, making it a great choice for near-field recording.

  • Bright, crisp sound; great for utility purposes.
  • Cuts nicely through a mix.
  • Shimmers on guitars and vocals and other sources.
  • Great choice for near-field recording.

Own an Ohma microphone?

If you're ever feeling lost and don't know where to start, our team is always here to help guide you in the right direction – even if that means sending you a few screens to try out. We want you to find what works best for youSo call us your microphone matchmakers! We're happy to help you find the perfect screen for your needs.

Swap it 'til you find your sound!

Think of Ohma screens as musical mood rings. If you’re ever stuck on which screen to choose, think about the vibe you’re going for. And if you're like me, you can even switch out the screens on your Ohma microphone to match your outfit for the day.

Now that you know all about our screens, it's time to get out there and start swapping! We can't wait to hear what you come up with. Remember, there are no wrong answers, only what sounds good to you.

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