Mystery Full Compass Ribbon Mic
Full Compass always has some weird gear on sale so I stopped by today and found an unlabeled, long ribbon microphone with Lundahl transformer. It's flat topped and has a single layer windscreen thru which I can see a long motor. There's a durable looking shock mount that screws on the bottom and a heavy metal case. I have not disassembled it at this time. Since I've been thinking about a long ribbon to complement my modded RSM4, this seemed worth a try. I did try the "loose ribbon" test, gently rolling the mic in a horizontal position to see if the ribbon "clanks" as it slides thru the ribbon-no problem.
I used it thru my AW4416 on a song I'm working on. I set up the Nady (Oktavamod with upgraded transformer, ribbon, wiring and caps) vs the no-name on vocals, then on high gain guitar (Ibanez thru a Fuchs ODS50) and crunch guitar (65 Tele thru a Brian May Vox). I also used a GT tube preamp as extra gain for vocals, since the Yamaha doesn't have quite enough.
Vocals: compared to a decent LDC, the vocal is much smoother. It responds to EQ well, as expected from a ribbon. There's a bit more low frequency content than the NADY and a slightly smoother top end. They all worked well, but I actually think the no-name works better for my slightly harsh voice.
Lead Guitar: Both captured it well, with nice room sound. The NADY had a bit more bite, the no name was a bit smoother. In the end I used the NADY track.
Crunch Guitar: again, I could have used either, but the increased smoothness and bass extension of the no-name made it sound a little bigger and more authoritative...
Here's where I admit that I got the mic for $180, so anything useable is a bargain. That said, it's at least the equal of my modded NADY, which would cost nearly $350 now (I got one of the very first mods, so it was a little less then, the pictures of the sagging ribbon on Mike's site are mine). Unfortunately, FC has decided not to have the mic manufactured so this is possibly the only one ever. Still, nice job guys and thanks for a new tool in the armamentarium!