The CharterOak SA538 and CharterOak SA538B are compared in this demonstration on alto saxophone and baritone sax. As a tube microphone, they possess some of that rich vintage-style warmth, but at the same time as a modern tube microphone, they also have a great deal of detail, open-sound, and air, which make them great not only for vocals, but also a fabulous instrument microphone. You get warmth, but also resonance, harmonics, and detail in a very musical and polished sound.

The mics chosen for this shootout are mics that have come through Sound Pure Studios that we feel really passionate about and feel we can recommend with no reservations, whether you’re just getting started with a home studio or adding to your recording studio collection.

For copies of the hi res files, shoot us an email at, or give us a call at (919) 682-5552 (you can also reach out to us on Facebook). Also, every mic in this shootout is available for our Try Before You Buy demo program, so you can do some testing for yourself with no obligation to purchase.

The Contenders

CharterOak SA538

CharterOak SA538B

We hope you request the hi res files, because YouTube compression affects the audio considerably. And, last but not least, we want to help you purchase the right gear for your exact needs and setup. This is a shootout on one specific recording application, and it can give you some great info, but the devil is in the details! We specialize in the details and are here to assist you with your choice.