I question the verticle storage theory. I've been using ribbon mics for years in many different studios and nobody stored them vertically. Now, years later, I keep hearing that it's important to store them vertically.
So actually the sound I enjoyed all this time was the sound of a stretched ribbon?
I'm not seeing the problem with the info. It does seem a little misleading, about levels, and asymetrical responses. Not incorrect, but slightly biased against manufacturers that are maintaining older designs. I had also heard that ribbon mics should be stored vertically, and wondered how soft the ribbon must be to sag under it's own weight. Now, I still feel unsure, but it's easy enought to store them upright, so whatever.
Well, what bothers me on that page is that, under the excuse of breaking up the ribbon mics so-called "myths", Bob Crowley's doing a vaguely hidden advertisement for his own wonderful line of products. The C&T mics undoubtedly have all the qualities required to blow those "myths" away, but as if that brand was the new and only reference, this guy seems to be setting a new general rule for all the modern ribbon mics...
I have noticed that some of my ribbon mics like the 4038 or the R-84 are definitely on the very fragile side, unlike most of my other kinds of mics... So what Bob, am I a blind, superstitious, faceless ancestor ?...
Just the two last "myths" as an example :
Myth: "Ribbon mics have low output"
Fact: Modern ribbon mics have a HIGHER output than most stage dynamics. Remember that a condenser capsule has NO output and depends on the internal active electronics which are essentially a high gain voltage amplifier.
Myth: "You need a preamp with tons of gain"
Fact: No. Not only is the answer "no" but you can use your preamp wide open and unrestricted because ribbon microphones have extremely low self noise.
Well, I'm sorry, but if the C&T mics are breaking up those myths, these statements remain very true for the AEA and Coles ribbons I own...
Before objective knowledge there was dancing, fire, and superstition.
I have noticed that some of my ribbon mics like the 4038 or the R-84 are definitely on the very fragile side, unlike most of my other kinds of mics...
I accidentally kicked my R84 over once...watched it fall all the way to the floor from maybe 5' up...works fine. It's certainly more fragile compared to other mics, but maybe not quite as fragile as some might think.