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Old 14th May 2003
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Gear-Porn from this past weekend

Just posting a little gear-porn:

Here's a pic of some amazing mics I used in sessions this past weekend. Didrik DeGeer handmade tube condenser mics from Sweden (via Stephen Jarvis in Northern California). There are only 28 of them in the world, and they ain't cheap. ... but man, they're nice!!!
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Old 14th May 2003
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a closer look...
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Old 14th May 2003
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and here's some other goodies from the session:
(mmmmmm... BA-6A.... mmmmmm)
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Old 14th May 2003
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and aren't these Millennias lovely?
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Old 14th May 2003
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Jealously meter is off the charts.......... :D Why isn't there an emoticon for a peaking VU meter???

Those mic might sound nice, but geez, they sure LOOK handmade .
Whats with the 2 mic cables? Are they stereo or is the polar-pattern summing/minusing done offboard?


Mmmmmm.......boutique gear.........
Old 14th May 2003
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Originally posted by ExistanceMusic
Those mic might sound nice, but geez, they sure LOOK handmade .
To be fair, my pictures really don't do them justice. I think they're beautiful; copper with some nice patina, teakwood on the bottom--very sculptural--slightly reminescent of an old copper boat lantern or such.

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Whats with the 2 mic cables? Are they stereo or is the polar-pattern summing/minusing done offboard?
One goes to the power supply/patern selector, the other is the mic-level XLR output

-dave
Old 14th May 2003
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...drool. Describe the sound? Any clips? What signal path do you like with them?
Old 14th May 2003
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Quote:
Originally posted by dave-G
To be fair, my pictures really don't do them justice. I think they're beautiful; copper with some nice patina, teakwood on the bottom--very sculptural--slightly reminescent of an old copper boat lantern or such.
A tad more than slightly I'd say... That's not a dig at all, I think they're gorgeous but they could stand to lose the copper "bus wire" over the top. Do they sound as good as they look?
Old 14th May 2003
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Tim, and BattleAngel,

They sound fantastic. The only way I can think to describe the sound is relative to some other mics. They have all the "reach" of my B&K 4003s, in that they seem to render "close-up detail" even when the mics are backed far away. But they do that with an even-ness of response (not too peaky anywhere, and not hyper-bright) and a richness of tone that's just wonderful.. Sorta like a high-res cross between an M49 and a 251 (maybe just between my 49 and 251 ).. If you're in NoCal, it's really worth a rental.

They're astounding vocal mics too, and FWIW, handily beat out a 251, a Klaus-modded 47, an M49 and a Brauner KHE when mic-selecting for a Nina Simone-ish singer several months ago. To be fair, there would be times any of the others might be a better choice, but nonetheless, these Didrik mics are really amazing.

For this session they were used as drum overheads, into the Millennia HV-3D pres, straight to HD.

-dave
Old 14th May 2003
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OOH BAAAAABY
OOH BAAAAABY
OOH BAAAAABY
Old 14th May 2003
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Da SLUTMETER is WAYYYYY OFF DA CHART!!
Old 14th May 2003
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Dave,

Unfortunately that sounds like exactly what I need! I'm going to start weeping... maybe there are a pair somewhere here on the other coast. What did you use the BA-6As on btw?
Old 14th May 2003
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Hey Jules, GS could use a Porn Forum. That way we won't have to search for material!
Old 14th May 2003
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Originally posted by BattleAngel
What did you use the BA-6As on btw?
Bass DI. The other went unused this time!

-dave
Old 14th May 2003
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What kind of music was it? Forgive my badgering but your talkin' my ideal rig here lol
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Hey Jules, GS could use a Porn Forum. That way we won't have to search for material!
Oh, I agree. It may eat a lot of server space, but it would be fun. Tuck "Gear Porn" right under "High End" and I'll volunteer as moderator .. the Ron Jeremy of gear .

-dave
Old 14th May 2003
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)<3©li]Originally posted by BattleAngel [/i]
What kind of music was it? Forgive my badgering but your talkin' my ideal rig here lol [/QUOTE]

It was a quintet, consisting of drums, acoustic and electric bass, saxes (bari, tenor and sopranino) and flute-tubes (not played traditionally), clarinets (bass and Bb), and guitar. It's fun stuff, partly composed, partly improvised... maybe some would say it's Anthony Braxton-esque... Not something you're going to hear broadcast on a ClearChannel affiliate anytime soon heh
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Old 14th May 2003
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Quote:
Originally posted by dave-G
Oh, I agree. It may eat a lot of server space, but it would be fun. Tuck "Gear Porn" right under "High End" and I'll volunteer as moderator .. the Ron Jeremy of gear .

-dave
Actually if space was an issue, bandwidth usage wasn't, and you know the people you're hosting from, I could donate a hard drive.
Old 14th May 2003
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So THAT's what you did this weekend!

Insanely cool mics!!

What was the rental at Jarvis for them? I may have to give them a run someday.
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damn you californians
Old 29th May 2003
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Yeah, those mics sound great. I know Didrik who makes them, lovely guy.
Old 5th June 2003
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I've used those mics a couple of times, cant think of any better mics to capture dynamic acoustic instuments, stings and vocals. Also used those once to record an electric bass, really great


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Old 5th June 2003
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I'd sure as hell like to get a pair for even a few days to check out. Alas, I'm sure the rental fee is sky high and not even available here on the east coast =P
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At first, I tought you had rented them from some place here in Tampa. Oh well They don't have anything like that here.

-tampa GT3
Old 5th June 2003
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Yeah, I rented those from Mr. Jarvis in San Francisco...

However, rest assured there are some very fine rental pieces available in Tampa too! (from me)... Spectacular Telefunken 251, Neumann M49, CMV-563s, SM69f, C37A's, C-800s, B&Ks, Sennheiser MKH-series, etc, etc, etc. ...

Just drop me a line if you need something..

I feel like such a 'ho.

-dave
Old 5th June 2003
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This thread is driving me nuts. I want those mics. Anyone ever try his mic pres?
Old 5th June 2003
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Originally posted by BattleAngel
This thread is driving me nuts. I want those mics. Anyone ever try his mic pres?
I'll ask Stephen Jarvis about them next time I talk to him.. If he has any, I'll rent them next time I see him (sometime soon). I'll be sure to post here to continue your torture. heh

-dave
Old 5th June 2003
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NOOOOO you bastard! lol

For the kind of stuff I'm doing, those mics seem like they'd be killer. That whole damn rig. You horrible man.
Old 5th June 2003
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Ya, i used he's pre's when i recorded.
I know Didrik has dedicated he's life to get the most perfect natural sound, trying to get rid of all of the common noises in the component chain, I know he have been around the world trying out components to use, i heard he found out that NASA has the best tubes in their satellites, cuz they are built to last long, so those is what he use. He rebuild CD players, mixingconsoles for the same reason, to get the most perfect chain of sounding equipment.

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