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Nady RSM-4 and other options
Old 12th May 2006
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Question Nady RSM-4 and other options

I need to record female vox and I need a good microphone to capture a silky intimate vocal. I also need a microphone that will serve well with an SM57 when micing a guitar amp.

Has anyone used the Nady RSM-4 or RSM-2?
What are other good alternatives in the pricerange?

Budget : $300 USD

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I have a vtb-1 preamp.
I know ribbon mics are fragile.
Old 12th May 2006
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If you want something dark the Nady will do the trick. I have an RSM-2 and use it for lots of things. Room mike, Amps, strings, but I wouldn't call it a "go to" vocal mic however. With the studio projects pre you are going to need alot of gain. With your budget I might think twice about why I need a ribbon? What style of music will you record? Could a good dynamic like an RE20 or SM7 get the job done? Those both need a lot of gain but have a better track record with vocals. You could get either of them for that budget.

I'm sure you know about the whole Shinybox/Nady ribbon thing. Same mic, different customer service.
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I own the RSM-2 and an unbranded version of the RSM-4. I like the RSM-2 on my own voice (male baritone/bass), but haven't used it on a female vocal yet. It also has a nice mellow sound on guitar amps. To get rid of some of the "darkness," I think it helps to remove some of the layers of mesh covering the ribbon element -- they really didn't want you to damage it, so there are several layers of thick nylon-ish fabric, in addition to wire mesh, surrounding the ribbon. The RSM-4 is new to my collection and so far I've only used it as a drum overhead and on guitar amp, where it performed admirably on both tasks. I'll try to track some vocals with it this weekend and post my thoughts.
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That would be amazing.
Old 14th May 2006 | Show parent
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For $165 my shiny box 23 (stock version) has worked wonders on my wifes voice. Back side of the mic being a little bit brighter then the front side.
Old 18th May 2006 | Show parent
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Originally Posted by tarkin
That would be amazing.
So, I did a little tracking with my Alctron HRM-15 (same as Nady RSM-4). Recorded myself doing a parody based on Neil Young's "Harvest." I used the ribbon for a mono drum overhead, on acoustic guitar, and on vocals. All tracking was through the M-Audio DMP3 preamp into a Delta 66 card.

Overall, the mic did a respectable job, but didn't blow me away. Somewhat midrangey. The two sides offer differing tonal variations, though (since my mic is unlabled) I can't really tell you which is the "front" or "back," so I just used the side that sounded best to me at the time. The overhead sounded pretty good. Vocals were just o.k. Guitar sounded kind of honky -- but I didn't take much time with placement, so it could have been just that.

Anyway, it's probably a useful mic to have around, but I wouldn't want to use it for everything.
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