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Stephen Paul has finished his design for the new microphone!
Old 29th September 2002
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Stephen Paul has finished his design for the new microphone!

Lurked over to recording.org and read Stephen's latest forum post.
Sounds very cool although some of it was over the head of this humble
enthusiast. You guys may want to check out this thread firsthand for
more complete details. I'm sure it will be amazing.

Chris
Old 29th September 2002
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I am confused if he is going to have it on demo at AES or not... I thought it was not going to be there but that thread on recording.org makes it seem like it might be.... in any case it sounds like it should hit the streets in early 2003...

I am perhaps considering one final vocal mic purchase...and this looks like a major contender...besideds that I just would like to have a stereo pair of something...probably just pick up the at4040 so I can record my moms tunes on her steinway...anyway he will be at AES so if anyone gets extra info on the mic post it here...


Old 29th September 2002
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The mic will not be at AES. The custom made FET and Jensen transformer is taking too much time. It took us 12 weeks just to get a switch that we needed.

So we are sorry, but Stephen will be there to speak with anyone about it. We hope that the vendors that we need to supply us these custom parts will be able to give us a continious flow, but we will buy enough parts to make a good deal of mics.

Sorry that it will not show at AES, but it is not that long now.
Old 28th August 2003
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This year? Just make sure my name didn't get wiped off the "wait" list....
Old 29th August 2003
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Link please? I bopped over there and could not find it...
Old 29th August 2003
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Re: Stephen Paul has finished his design for the new microphone!

Quote:
Originally posted by chessparov
Lurked over to recording.org and read Stephen's latest forum post.
Sounds very cool although some of it was over the head of this humble
enthusiast. You guys may want to check out this thread firsthand for
more complete details. I'm sure it will be amazing.

Chris
can you please post a link to the thread? the search function there sucks- you can only search one forum at a time.
Old 29th August 2003
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Yo, Fae:

If you look at the date on Chris' first post to this thread, you'll see it was Sept. of 2002. That was before Stephen got shown the door at rec.org, and all of his forum is gone now.
Old 29th August 2003
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Why did SP get asked to leave again? I thought his forum was very cool when it was a little busy.
Old 29th August 2003
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It's a long story, and there's really too much speculation to gather the definitive answer to that, but some info can be found if you do a search right here on Gearslutz.

Type "Stephen Paul recording.org" into the keyword box and read the thread called "A New Home For Stephen Paul".
Old 30th August 2003
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I left because I wished to.

That's all I'm really prepared to say.

If there's anything you want to know about the mike, you can ask, and what I can feel free to tell about, I will. But I've already been ripped off so much I need to be careful.

(Every three micron large capsule you see on the market is a direct result of my work. It did not exist before I built the first.) Now they act like it was just always there.

So I need to be careful so the 'firsts' are preserved. But it is very high tech, made in USA, and has so many things that never have been in a mike before, and sounds good enough so that I think it will hopefully establish itself quickly as a benchmark.

And for under 2k. Well under 2k.
Old 30th August 2003
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Actually, part of the beauty of the design, where we use what I believe is the only true MIL-STD pattern rotary switch in a mike today, is that we can have the switches and boards and converter modifiable to anything we want, and just about any number of patterns.

(I WISH I could tell you about what I consider an absolutely revolutionary feature related to this area, but we've already seen a proliferation of mikes with changes in them that came directly from what a year ago I considered an innocent remark about an area I didn't think anyone would care about or listen to and incorporate, so I can't say, and I need to be very careful about what I tell, I've learned the hard way...)

But yes, there is a plan in the future for a mike with more than two patterns.

I decided this way of going for two reasons. I'll be honest.

One) In order to bring the first effort to market for this price, figure-of-eight (a good figure-of-eight, and if you've heard most, they are just awful. The sides aren't matched, the proximity doubles, etc.) just wasn't possible.

Two) This is not just a knock-off of a Von Branmuhl and Weber capsule. (The one in most Neumanns.) This is my redesign of that aperiodic capsule design.

Again, I cannot go into details, but-- my redesign which will improve off axis comb filtering, (both in the horizontal and vertical planes) and the sheer tolerances involved, are not any form of an off-the-shelf knock-off.

I've taken the understanding I have of capsule design, and applied several changes which should make repeatable and better matched phased patterns like 8 and Hyper to be achieved with much greater ease. But first I need to be certain that production is up to speed on all the tolerances and changes in the capsule, one of which is very, very obvious and can be seen under the grille.

So it will cost more, of course, but will still be a great deal, because to do it, we only need to make a new circuit board for the switch, use a different switch spec, and a couple of extra dividers from the converter. Remember too, this grille is a single very widely open layer of 304 stainless so if the drummer hits it, it does not suffer the damage a 67 or 87, say, receives.

(This was another remark, and I noticed, though if asked I'm sure it will be denied that the idea came from me,) that the 149 is the first Neumann large capsule mike that only has two grille layers.

Just so you know, I can easily establish that I was the first almost twenty years ago, to take a 47 tube, (it's owned by Audio Affects, and is fully chromed, and is one of the most popular 47s we have in rental, though it's a conversion as well, i.e. my amp and power supply and capsule, and if you want to hear it, listen to any of the Manhattan Transfer records produced by Jeff Lorber who I worked with when I was chief at Indigo) and I had the plater melt out the middle brass screen layer back in '85.

I also stated the screen info well before the 149's release. Just a coincidence that it's the first Neumann to have done away with the brass mesh screen between the inside and outside layer? Maybe...

I am currently compiling a list of our firsts, so that you can look at the chart, and see what SPA absolutely and provably was the first ever in the world to apply to mike technology. We are in the 22 feature area, and many of these are not subtle.

Maybe ten have gone on to become part of the commercial mainstream and incorporated into almost every manufacturer's designs, depending on their cost.

In many cases, ads state that their mikes have a particular feature (that they took from my work,) but are actually misleading copy, because they didn't catch the tiny differences that I never mentioned, and are very hard to measure even with the best gear, and that's kept us surviving these twenty years. Not to mention that they just missed the boat completely in other areas.
Old 30th August 2003
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stephen.nice to have you back .your posts are most appreciated and i really enjoy reading them.
what do you think about phase disks and disc resonators?
also what about small diaphragm "cigar" mics?have you thought about producing the greatest s.d mics?

peace
Old 30th August 2003
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Thanks G.

Just poked my head in for a few.

I'd have to audition the phase stuff, so much depends on the mike, room, what you're recording, and so on.

Yes, I've had a small capsule design sort of stewing in the back of my head there for awhile...

First I think the big stuff, and then I wanted to make a drum kit all condenser with our pads that don't mess up transients, and also some sort of version of our popular 45x 46x series.

Those mikes can really shave your dog without a nick.
Old 30th August 2003
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You're giving away too much now! Shhhh!

Old 30th August 2003
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thanks King S.!
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