American ribbon microphone manufacturer Crowley and Tripp have announced that they will be introducing a new type of ribbon microphone at the 123rd AES Convention in New York City this October.
The microphone, to be known as "el Diablo," is the first use of Crowley and Tripp's proprietary Roswellite™ advanced material as the ribbon element in the microphones. Bob Crowley, who holds over one-hundred U.S. and foreign patents stated, "The invention of Roswellite is a breakthrough and could replace the traditional aluminum leaf used in ribbon microphones."
When Crowley first told Mercenary Audio's "Fletcher" about Roswellite, Fletcher challenged the company to come up with a ribbon microphone suitable for kick drum applications. After over a year in development the "el Diablo—Mercenary Edition" was born. Fletcher was very specific as to what he wanted to hear from the tuning of the mic: "the sound of a 421 inside the drum and a 47 FET out by the hole" was his requirement. "The result from el Diablo is a mic that combines the aggression of the 421 with the size of the 47 FET without any of the phase issues that often occur when using two mics on a single source."
Roswellite is a super strength material designed to exactly mimic the sound of traditional ribbons made of foils, yet have none of the strength, sagging, phantom power or SPL handling concerns associated with traditional ribbon microphones. "We figured out how to make it bulletproof," said Hugh Tripp, the inventor of the complex processing technology required to produce this exotic material. Tripp added, "Roswellite is just one of several super elastic and strong materials we have under development for acoustic and audio applications."
The new el Diablo will begin shipping in October of 2007 and will be available through all the regular Crowley and Tripp distribution channels.