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“The Sputnik sounds so close to my U47, it’s just astounding,”
- Buddy Miller

“Since hearing Sputnik on vocals I have retired my Neumann. Sputnik is now my microphone of choice, especially for vocals.”
- Carmen Rizzo

"[Sputnik and Pulsar] are far more consistent than vintage microphones, both in tone and quality of construction. These products have opened up a whole new way of thinking with sound."
- Joe Barresi

"...the Sputnik sounds absolutely wonderful in every situation. We recently completed a record where we used it for both lead and background vocals and it sounded amazing."
- Patrick Leonard - Record Producer

“...most of the desirable characteristics of a classic tube model, without the attendant purchase or servicing costs...A great performer and a good looker.”
- Sound on Sound, November 2006

"The M-Audio Sputnik is my new favorite microphone. Anyone searching for a high-quality tube microphone can begin and end their search with Sputnik... it's destined to join that select group of "go-to" mics... it really does have that ‘magic’."
- Pro Audio Review, September 2006

“M-Audio put its reputation on the line by comparing the Sputnik to some of the most venerated microphones in the business...I can understand M-Audio’s confidence in its product.”
- Remix, September 2006

"...The way this mic captures sound is that it's all in the subtleties. You can't fake pinpoint accuracy, and you can't fake the perfect rendering of real live sound."
- TapeOp, January 2007
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"Prepare for some pain if you get his microphone; I keep pinching myself, because I must have died and gone to Heaven!"
- TapeOp, January 2007
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"…this is the most super-excellent affordable microphone that's ever been made in the history of the Universe, I'm not kidding you."
- TapeOp, January 2007
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"The Sputnik captured the 2007 award for offering vintage tube-mic sound in a multipurpose mic for well under a grand."
- Electronic Musician, January 2007

"M-Audio deserves kudos for taking a bold and well-researched approach to a new tube-mic design."
- Electronic Musician, January 2007
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"The Sputnik handled the dynamic and proximity changes with grace and style…" - "After using this mic, and given my previous experience with a wide variety of its world-class competitors, I can understand M-Audio's confidence in its product. All comparisons aside, the Sputnik is a microphone that you can trust to deliver a beautiful, transparent take on every session. After all, that's what really matters."
- Remix Magazine. September 2006
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"The Sputnik is the kind of microphone that can spoil you for anything else in its class."
- audioMIDI.com

"If someone asked me what to do with a $1000 microphone budget, I’d tell them to buy a Sputnik and a decent mic pre-amplifier. If they wanted advice on what mic to get with $1500, I’d tell them to buy two Sputniks. ...M-Audio has come through with a vacuum tube condenser that, in my experience, holds up to the hype."
- audioMIDI.com


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