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Ribbon mics comparison session: r84 BIV-1 R121 4038
Old 7th July 2019
Ribbon mics comparison session: r84 BIV-1 R121 4038

Check out this Ribbon mics comparison session. Alto saxophone with AEA r84, Bash BIV-1, Royer R121, Coles 4038 via Sytek MPX-4 preamp (3&4 with BurrBrown).

Mic placement about 18-22 inches away. Check the photo for how the mics were arranged.

Sax player is my 17yo son who is 10 lessons to the instrument. Here is a video (mix using r84) to show that he stayed steady in position to center the mic array.

Audio files are raw, no eq or comp, level matched via preamp gain. Download from this link

I'm most familiar with r84 and r121, 4038 I've had for 2 years now, BIV-1 I got just a month ago. I'll share my impressions later though I would say I'm pleasantly surprised by the Bash mic's performance on the alto sax.
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Last edited by SoundWeavers; 8th July 2019 at 12:29 PM.. Reason: added DL link and more info
Old 8th July 2019
Link to audio files posted.
Old 10th July 2019
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Thank you for this.
Really liking AEA R84 here.
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