I was lucky enough to be able to join a 62-piece band for a recording session last weekend. The recording auditorium had mics all over the place, many of which I recognised since I have a small recording den at home and have therefore dipped a toe into the microphone swamp. There were Rodes, Oktavas, AKGs and other familiar name mics, but the mics on the alto and tenor saxes I didn't recognise, so I took a closer look. These were badged as RED5 AUDIO RV6 and looked like large diaphragm cardioids. I had a chat with the recording engineer about them and he confirmed that they are LDCs. He rated them as good as some of the top name brands and better than most others, and he particularly liked them on saxes. I was astonished to discover that these mics retail for just £57 and come with a hard case, shock mount and pop cover. At that price it was a mandatory purchase for my home setup, and I can't wait to give it a workout.