Originally Posted by Mumblesound
We've had an R84 for about a year now. We just bought a second one last month.
Amazing on electric guitar amps. Very good on vocals and acoustic guitar. Great on drums.
Doesn't really shine in the "room" application, or for overheads, IMO, but I can't imagine not having it around.
Hope it helps,
Vocals are my primary interest. See, I have this fetish for "old" sounding vocals, spoken word and dialogue specifically. Films from the 30's through 50's, the sound of the actors' and actresses' voices have a very particular character, and that character seems to be something more than simply their talent. It's pervasive, it's always present and so rich. I can't seem to let it go. I want a similar sound to play with.
I started a thread a number of months ago on film sound from that era, and what I gathered from the great responses was that this particular sound was largely due to the ribbons of that time and optical recording. Well, I've determined that it would be difficult to get into optical recording, but ribbons would be a mostly painless way to get close to that sound, and close is good enough to me.
But would a up-to-spec ribbon from that era be necessary, or would a less expensive, modern ribbon be capable of getting close? Say, if I were to cut the highs and perhaps boost the mids on an r84, could I get close to a 77, given a complimentary pre? Or could something similar be done to get the flavor of a 44 out of the r84?