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The Coles 4038 Studio Ribbon Microphone is a British Broadcasting (BBC) design for broadcasting and recording applications. It is used where a clear smooth wide range frequency response, absence of transient distortion and relatively high sensitivity is essential. The 4038 is a proven performer, and is in use around the world by broadcasting networks such as the BBC as well as top engineers and studios on hit recordings. Frequency response of the 4038 is exceptionally flat from 30 to 20,000 Hz and throughout this range the shape of the bi-directional (figure of eight) polar response is maintained substantially constant both in the horizontal and vertical planes, giving a natural sonic quality with smooth frequency response. Features:

  • Pressure gradient transducer ribbon microphone
  • Substantially flat frequency response from 30 to 15,000 c/s
  • Extremely low (non-linear) distortion
  • Exceptionally low hum pick-up
  • Bi-directional (figure of eight) polar curve shape accurately maintained in both horizontal and vertical planes
  • Excellent transient response
  • Natural clear balanced response to sound signal
  • Body shape to enhance acoustic performance
  • Clear natural high fidelity sound reproduction
  • Smooth sonic textured response
  • All microphones factory tested in free field conditions


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Share your "Glyn Johns" drum recordings

..."Daptone drums with the Funky Drummer snare," so the three-mic setup seemed to be the way to go. Overheads were Coles 4038s into a Sebatron VMP 4000e (with Air engaged, low filter engaged), and the Front of Kit mic was a Sputnik into a Daking Mic Pre IV. Definitely not the setup I'd use...

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Qauntizing Drums - sound quality/worth it?

Thanks for the info. I'll take all that into consideration. Just to note, the drums are already all recorded and the tracking is all done. That took a few months so there is no going back now. I have to use what I've got. Its a blues album so I don't mind an organic vibe,...

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