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Russell Hayden 7th October 2019 03:15 AM

Pixar Microphone ID
 
Hey all. Just need help identifying the microphone Pixar is using to record in this video. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!

Link : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_u85n0QOwE

pentagon 7th October 2019 03:37 AM

Looks like a Shure KSM32 or KSM44/KSM42 microphone.

Russell Hayden 7th October 2019 03:53 AM

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Originally Posted by pentagon (Post 14250691)
Looks like a Shure KSM32 or KSM44/KSM42 microphone.

Thought it might be at first, but this mic doesn't seem to have the shock mount that those Shure mics need to use, also the XLR on the mic in the video seems to be a tube mic cable that isn't similar to the ones included with the Shure mics. The Shure mics also have some screen printing on the back and logos, and the mic in the video looks blank on the back. Any other ideas?

andersmv 7th October 2019 03:54 AM

I have no idea what that is... The grill looks like a Shure KSM44, but the body isn't right and is too big. I think the KSM's have the round Shure emblem on the back as well. Beats me! I worked with a few pixar guys at one point and sat in on some sessions. It was either U87's or 103's up close, and one of the other TLM Neumanns backed off a bit for louder stuff. The only other weird mic's I can remember seeing were a Brauner a few times.

Russell Hayden 7th October 2019 04:01 AM

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Originally Posted by andersmv (Post 14250704)
I have no idea what that is... The grill looks like a Shure KSM44, but the body isn't right and is too big. I think the KSM's have the round Shure emblem on the back as well. Beats me! I worked with a few pixar guys at one point and sat in on some sessions. It was either U87's or 103's up close, and one of the other TLM Neumanns backed off a bit for louder stuff. The only other weird mic's I can remember seeing were a Brauner a few times.

Thanks a ton for the reply! That's very cool that you were able to work with some Pixar staff. I also have heard, and seen in videos, that it's usually an 87 or something similar. I have also seen them using Brauner's too. This makes me even more curious to see if anyone here is able to find out what this mic is, since they decided to use it instead of the 87, which they must have been using for a very long time.

pentagon 7th October 2019 04:13 AM

The only other mics that I can think of with that kind of pillow shaped head would be the Rode mics. Of which it could be the NTK.

Russell Hayden 7th October 2019 10:07 PM

Bumping this post. Any more ideas GS?

DistortingJack 8th October 2019 03:22 PM

It’s not a Shure, but the XLR cable is a standard Switchcraft connector type so that doesn’t say much.

It’s also not a Rode.

Voyage.One 8th October 2019 04:22 PM

Miktek C7e perhaps??

andersmv 8th October 2019 04:47 PM

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Originally Posted by Voyage.One (Post 14253498)
Miktek C7e perhaps??

I looked through the Miktek catalog the other day. There's not pads or anything on the back of the pixar mic. The shockmounts Miktek have are also pretty weird looking, but I'm sure it's a standard thread on the mic and they could use a generic shockmount.

Brent Hahn 8th October 2019 05:12 PM

There are a few weird things about that clip. First off, around here for animation the usual stipulation from the big studios and most of the small ones is specifically U87. And it's become almost standard, especially with celebs, to put up an identical "safety" mic a few inches further back. The mic seems to be positioned for the camera, and the pop filter's position in front of it is pretty haphazard. Also, the "reader" is jumping in really tightly after Hanks' lines, either risking overlaps or actually creating them. Good for the pacing of the clip, but in actual practice nobody would ever do that.

So my take is that's it's staged, not real, so who cares what the mic is.

Robo 8th October 2019 05:23 PM

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Originally Posted by Brent Hahn (Post 14253597)
There are a few weird things about that clip. First off, around here for animation the usual stipulation from the big studios and most of the small ones is specifically U87. And it's become almost standard, especially with celebs, to put up an identical "safety" mic a few inches further back. The mic seems to be positioned for the camera, and the pop filter's position in front of it is pretty haphazard. Also, the "reader" is jumping in really tightly after Hanks' lines, either risking overlaps or actually creating them. Good for the pacing of the clip, but in actual practice nobody would ever do that.

So my take is that's it's staged, not real, so who cares what the mic is.

I thought the same. That is definitely not the place where they recorded the dialogue for the actual film. It's just props and stuff to look good. Mic is probably a prop too. Pop shield is not over the mic capsule and the XLR cable isn't properly connected.

MYN 8th October 2019 05:28 PM

I agree with Brent that it appears staged, which is not uncommon for a big movie’s EPK. Just the lighting alone gives it away. Mr. Hanks is perfectly lit (and made up) for camera. Ask yourself if you would realistically have that much lighting in the booth for an actual session.

thismercifulfate 8th October 2019 05:37 PM

And a vocal booth would not have the back wall covered in highly reflective glass-covered strategically placed promotional posters...
That mic is 100% a dummy.

andersmv 8th October 2019 08:08 PM

All of this is true, but I STILL need to know what mic that is. I don't like loosing at this game!

thismercifulfate 9th October 2019 05:48 AM

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Originally Posted by andersmv (Post 14253929)
All of this is true, but I STILL need to know what mic that is. I don't like loosing at this game!

It’s not a real mic. It’s a dummy - a prop - a hollow piece of plastic.

Mr Funk 9th October 2019 11:25 AM

I don't even think that head basket is a proper metal head basket.