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AUSTIN Ribbon Microphone Kits are the standard for Do-It-Yourself Microphone Kits.
With an Austin Ribbon Microphone Kit, you get all the parts to build a world-class USA ribbon microphone in one package. Follow simple, step-by-step, fully-illustrated instructions & video tutorials to assemble the wire-mesh grille and ribbon motor into the powder-coated Brass chassis, and solder the connector & transformer to build yourself a professional Ribbon Microphone.
Specialty tools and templates are included in each kit, but you'll need some basic tools like a screwdriver, razor blade and a soldering iron. It can be assembled on a kitchen table in 4-5 hours.

Choose from 3 different models:

  • MODEL 1 - Our NEW AUSTIN™ OTA-1 USA transformers are custom-wound especially for us, right here in the United States, and they sound KILLER! Fat bottom punch, and excellent high-frequency output make the Austin™ Model 1 great for recording electric and acoustic guitars, and bringing-out the warmth of studio vocals.

  • MODEL 2 - The USA-made Cinemag 9887 Ribbon Mic transformer delivers slightly brighter highs than our custom AUSTIN transformer included with the Model 1 Kit, and is shielded in a Mu-Metal can for extra hum protection. It also has the longest wires of all the transformers, making it very easy to install. It has become a favorite for recording vocals and other full-range instruments like Piano and strings, without the brittle crispness of a condenser microphone.

  • MODEL 3 - The prestigious Lundahl 2912 Ribbon Microphone transformer is a favorite for Chinese Microphone Mods & upgrades, and delivers a wide, flat frequency response. Smooth, natural bass, and flattering highs - without the brittle edge of a condenser. The Lundahl 2912 helps your DIY Austin mic to rival the performance of boutique studio ribbon microphones costing WAAAAAY more!

These are USA kits.
Austin Ribbon Microphone Kits are not imported, repackaged Chinese junk. Our kits are made in San Diego, CA USA from quality parts by local vendors and machine shops.
UL/CSA wiring, custom-wound transformers, Switchcraft connector, beefy powder-coated Brass chassis, monolithic ribbon motor truss, and proudly made USA parts from USA machinists and vendors. Direct, personal customer support is always just an email away, and is usually answered within 1 hour.

Also, check out our MXL-990 Modification kit. Convert your MXL990 to a Ribbon Microphone!

We now do custom powder coat colors & textures starting at $25. Visit our FAQ and Contact us for details.

$249

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The AUSTIN Mic Pre (AMP) Kit is our brand new Do-It-Yourself preamplifier kit designed especially for Austin Ribbon Microphones. No fancy lights, meters, or phantom power... This is a dedicated, world-class ribbon microphone preamplifier that YOU build.

The Austin Mic Pre (AMP) is a complete DIY kit with a fully-illustrated step-by step instruction tutorial - just like our Austin Ribbon Microphones - and includes everything down to the hex key for the knob and a static wrist strap for handling the semiconductors. You need a soldering iron, solder and a few basic hand tools like a screwdriver and pliers.

Designed with state-of-the-art circuitry, and premium audio components, the Austin Mic Pre (AMP) delivers excellent performance over the entire audio spectrum... and beyond. Its 6 gain settings range from 42dB to 72dB, and deliver a whisper-quiet -135dBvA EIN, with just .0067% THD+N at +19dBV out. It can be assembled in 3-4 hours.

These are are USA kits, made in San Diego, CA.
The Austin Mic Pre (AMP) is not an imported Chinese kit repackaged and marked-up. Our kits are made in San Diego, CA USA from quality parts, machined and laser-engraved by local machine shops.

The Austin Mic Pre (AMP) Features Mogami® internal wiring, Neutrik® connectors, beefy 1-Amp power supply, and a heavy duty tinned-through-hole circuit board, not cheap single-sided perf-board.

Assembled with an intuitive alpha numeric layout (Example, 100Ω resistor between A3 and A8) and photographed and illustrated at every step (more than 60 photos & illustrations total!) the Austin Mic Pre (AMP) is an easy weekend project for intermediate DIY'ers.

Austin Mic Pre (AMP) Spec Sheet

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Combination Kits include an Austin Mic Kit and an Austin Mic Pre (AMP) Kit at a discounted price.

Save more than $70 by getting a combo kit!



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DIY a True Blumlein™ Stereo Ribbon Microphone.

Our True Blumlein™ Kit is a center-point, fixed-angle, coincident ribbon microphone which features studio-grade Cinemag or Lundahl Output Transformers and a Blumlein Stereo Polar Pattern - The most accurate stereo pattern available!

It is a complete kit, including video tutorials and plans illustrated with 50+ images. The plans for a unique DIY elastic-supported spider shockmount are included.

The equivalent of building two Austin Ribbon Microphones, the True Blumlein™ Kit takes about 5-6 hours to complete, and it even includes a hand-operated, geared ribbon corrugation machine!

Click here for 7 things you need to know about the Austin True Blumlein™ Kit.