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I was just wondering if this problem is really caused by Large Diaphragm Capacitor mics which generally increase the volume of the high frequencies by a few dB?

Would using ribbon mic's cure this problem?
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I was just wondering if this problem is really caused by Large Diaphragm Capacitor mics which generally increase the volume of the high frequencies by a few dB?

Would using ribbon mic's cure this problem?
Certainly any mic that has boosted upper-mids will make the problem worse and using a flat frequency response mic is ideal.
( I use 8040/8050’s, Josephson C617’s and
for stage vocals DPA 4018 Linear (dFacto linear)
which limits the problem).

Regardless, if you have an already problematic recording the techniques I mentioned can be very helpful.
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I was just wondering if this problem is really caused by Large Diaphragm Capacitor mics which generally increase the volume of the high frequencies by a few dB?

Would using ribbon mic's cure this problem?
Hi Lurcher, it is real! It is why Neumann developed the M50 back in the 40s. I thought it had been discussed earlier in the thread, it you can read about the physics of it on page 4 & 5 here https://assets.sennheiser.com/global...tePaper_en.pdf
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Hi Lurcher, it is real! It is why Neumann developed the M50 back in the 40s. I thought it had been discussed earlier in the thread, it you can read about the physics of it on page 4 & 5 here https://assets.sennheiser.com/global...tePaper_en.pdf
Thanks for the interesting link which I may have seen briefly before.

I'm not that well versed in the technical details and I tend to judge mic's by the sound they capture, and have felt that capacitor mic's generally (although maybe not all) do have a certain harsh quality in the upper frequencies and I often detect a sort of metallic sound on commercial recordings, but rarely on my recordings as I tend to use ribbon mic's and other dynamic mic's which I feel (rightly or wrongly) do not exaggerate the high frequencies. This may be why I generally do not like Neumann capacitor mics, although I have no experience of many of (in particular) the older very expensive mics such as M50's etc.

I have found that capacitor mic's can produce sibilance on female voices especially on spoken word, but I know this can be reduced by the use of pop screens and angled mic's. However I generally prefer the sound of ribbon mics and I like small diameter capacitor omni mics for instruments such as the pianoforte and strings. But I'm not really a professional engineer although I have produced the odd CD.
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