Turnstile Audio Concourse Series: Hands-On Review

Turnstile Audio has just released new products. Turnstile Audio’s Concourse Series microphones are sure to leave a lasting impression. The T AC 1100 Mic is a vintage studio microphone with a powerful output transformer to produce classic sounds. The TAC700 Microphone is a powerful yet flexible workhorse. And the TAC300 Microphone offers incredible sound at a low price.

Turnstile Audio proudly presents these new condenser mics with large diaphragms that can be used for various applications, from podcasting to field recording to studio work. Take a look at what the Concourse Series has to offer…

First Impressions Of Turnstile Concourse series

The Turnstile Concourse Series microphones are packaged in a high-quality case. The flagship TAC1100 has a sturdy metal case with a rigid foam interior. The TAC700 or TC300 comes in a hard case but with a soft interior. I wouldn’t hesitate to bring these mics into any session and feel secure knowing they are safe during transport.

The microphones are solid and professional looking. The metalwork and finishes are of high quality and elegant. The three microphones are reliable and have a rate that does not indicate their cost. The clips included are easy to use and hold their position. The flagship TAC1100 model is distinguished by its suspension mount that eliminates rumble during critical voice work. All three models have a -10dB pad to compensate for louder sources and a high pass filter to reduce low-frequency build-up.

Differences and similarities between the Mics

Both the TAC1100 & TAC700 have dual diaphragms and offer various capture options. DEPENDING ON THE SOURCE AND ROOM, the TAC1100 and TAC700 can use cardioid or omnidirectional polar patterns. The TAC300 uses a fixed cardioid opposite, perfect for podcast and VO recording.

What is the best way to use these Turnstile Concourse series Mics?

The output transformer circuit provides a warm, well-built vintage sound.

Low handling noise means you only listen to the audio, not your microphone stand.

Good source control using a dual capsule with three settings: Cardioid Figure 8, Omni.

Tone control using a 10dB pad.

Low-cut filter switch for tone contouring.

Recording vocal sources with a windscreen to reduce plosive “Ps.”

Transport your investment safely in a metal complex carrying case.

I was eager to get these mics into a recording session soon. The TAC1100 output transformer’s warm vintage character and vivid vocals benefited the TAC1100 greatly. The tracks gained weight and thickness from the added thickness, while the windscreen included in the package eliminated any plosives.

These mics are perfect for any budding studio owner. The flagship TAC1100 model is ideal for expanding recording possibilities. The TAC1100 captures all sounds, from close-up vocals to distant sound sources. Hearing the colorful sheen and character of good sources with a thinner texture was especially pleasing. This mic’s warm, organic sound immediately appealed to me.

Microphone TAC700 Turnstile

Smooth, clean sound.

You don’t hear your mic stand rustle or vibrate, only the audio.

Sound source control using a dual capsule with three settings: Cardioid Figure 8, Omni.

Tone control using a 10dB pad.

Low-cut filter switch for tone contouring.

Soft carrying case for your microphone to protect it during transport.

The TAC700, the other hand, was bright and pristine with a modern, forward sound. Both mics allow you to capture a wide range of sounds in the studio. The compactness of the TAC700 makes it a great choice. The mic is very discreet, which makes it easy to place in tight spaces.

The TAC700 is an excellent mic because I can use it in tight spaces, like around amplifiers and drumkits. Due to the small size of the mic, almost any stand can be used. The mic could be placed high. Low noise floor and high sensitivity made it easy to record soft sources. The TAC700 was perfect for classical guitar, as it brought out the delicate touch of the fingers. The TAC700’s natural clarity is required to achieve a thick sound on an electric guitar.

These microphones can create various stereo recording styles, from Blumlein and XY to Mid/Side or Spaced-Pair. All three microphones have a nominal impedance of 200 Ohms. This will work with any preamp or interface. These portable mics are ideal for field recordists or those wanting to record while moving.

Microphone TAC300 Turnstile

Cardioid Polar Pattern.

Crisp and Clean Sound.

Tone Control with a Pad of -10 dB.

Tone Contouring Using a Low-Cut Switch.

Soft Carrying Cases for Easy Transport.

The TAC300’s sleek design, small size, and black color make it my first choice when creating video content and streaming. The mic was perfect for capturing my voice in instructional videos. It blended in nicely with the shot. The cardioid pattern eliminated the machine noise in my room, which resulted in a faster post-production workflow.

Rich Crescenti

The TAC300 is not only my favorite choice for podcasting and VO work, but it’s also a great option for recording musical instruments. For more extensive sessions, every studio should have extra microphones. Its low price, small size, and clear sound make it an excellent choice for auxiliary drums. TAC300’s Max SPL of 149dB is a great benefit. The TAC300 is a superb choice for louder sources, such as guitar amps or kick drums, that require the clarity and precision of a condenser.


Turnstile Audio’s new products make quality recordings affordable for recordists. After using them in different sessions, each mic was uniquely suited to specific applications. Turnstile audio offers a wide range of cost-effective and excellent sound mics.


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