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    Without doubt, one for the "I Wish" box...
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  • #2
    the regular royer ribbon mic is good enough for me....

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    • #3
      ribbon mics usually have such low output level that it takes a very high-gain, low-noise preamp to use them... i suppose the tube version has its own built-in preamp to help overcome this problem.
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      • #4
        yep that's the point. the press release says 25dB hotter than an R-121.
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        • #5
          makes it a lot easier to use with typical home recording gear!

          i loaned my beyer m160 mic to Eric Sexe and he couldn't use it for acoustic guitar because his mic preamps all made too much noise at that trim level. 25dB makes a huge difference!
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          • #6
            i keep hearing ribbon mics do wonders on guitars (ie amp miking).. steve albini uses them a lot
            is that true??
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            • #7
              I used a Royer 121 when I tracked my violin stuff for my bands latest album. Sounded pretty damn good.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by opiepac
                I used a Royer 121 when I tracked my violin stuff for my bands latest album. Sounded pretty damn good.

                I own a Royer R-121. I LOVE how it makes my amps sound. Incredible mic. There's also the R-122 which is a phantom powered ribbon mic.
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                • #9
                  heheh, my band is going to record in a jet studios beginning of september, the studio owner is mad about microphones
                  check out his microphones

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                  • #10
                    Anybody try out the EH Ribbons? I may get one for myself soon. I suppose for $300 it is not a bad price. I wonder when we will start seeing Chinese ribbon like the condenser flood?

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                    • #11
                      Ribbons are great for recording electric guitar! I've used the Royers and a few AEA R92s and they're both incredible. I don't know all the reasons why they sound great, but I do think the slight high end roll-off really helps. Of course ribbons respond to EQ changes better than most I've worked with.

                      Of course the first time I heard a ribbon, it was with an excellent guitarist who was recording up at Mercenary Audio , and I thought to myself "all the hype is DEFINATELY deserved, this rocks!"

                      Of course the second time I heard a ribbon was when I played through that amp/mic. And, yes virginia, there truly is no magic bullet. I still sounded like an average guitarist, just one recorded slightly better.

                      That said, I HIGHLY recommend that every electric guitarist who records buy a Nady RSM-2 (or Shinybox, they're the same/similar mics). They're new chinese versions (Oktava, which E-H rebrands, is Russian) and can be had for under $150. They're a bit darker and not quite as 3d as the expensive ribbons, but they're rated to handle rocket-level SPLs and I believe will really help other home guitar recordists. They don't have much gain, which will indeed make them hard to use with acoustic instruments and quiet voices, but it's NO issue with my loud amp, even with cheap microphone preamps.

                      If anyone wants, I can post some clips comparing them to a Senn e609 dynamic mic.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by papamaverick


                        If anyone wants, I can post some clips comparing them to a Senn e609 dynamic mic.


                        i'd be interested in hearing the comparison to the e609, which seems to be the hip affordable mic of the day.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by papamaverick
                          If anyone wants, I can post some clips comparing them to a Senn e609 dynamic mic.


                          Do it.

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                          • #14
                            Ask and ye shall recieve. See this thread for the gory details.

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