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Old 21st May 2018
  #128
Here for the gear
 

I love mics. I adore the sound of the 251, 47s, 87s, c12....they are classic because they set the standard of what things should sound like! Lately, however, my mind is changing as I think about the way we look at recording. The Ehrlund Ehr-M has given the industry a paradigm shift in recording with its near transparent capture of sound.

From a sound designers perspective, you need to find a mic that will give you the most transparent recording possible...then you can play with it in the mix or run the signal through whatever compressor, e.q., pre, you want to form the warmth, presence, air....you name it. If you were a painter...would you want to paint on a blue canvas, a pink canvas or (call me crazy...) a white canvas?

Present mic technology is based on designs from the 50s and 60s. And all of the comments we are reading are based on the fact that these mics color the sound in their own special way, because of the internal resonance caused by the combination of membrane design and electronic circuits. The Ehrlund's membrane is TRIANGULAR. Round is good if you want something to ring for a long time...like a gong. Imagine looking into a bucket of water and dropping a pebble into it, the ripples travel back and forth disturbing the surface and muddying the reflection of your face as you look down into it. On the other hand, the corners of a triangular diaphragm pretty much kill these ripples immediately and therefore there is almost no internal resonance...and an almost completely transparent reproduction of your sound.

Most people don't believe this can be true...but it is. I know people from the company who were at NAMM this year and also visiting some of the top studios on the West Coast... every producer they met with didn't want to give the mic back!! Here are some other facts about the mic: most top studio mics boast a frequency response of 20 - 20khz...with an internal noise of less than 13db. Compare that with the Ehrlund: 7 - 87khz and an internal noise less than 5 db. Seriously. I have a vintage U87 from 1971...and a few other goodies... but I haven't used them since I got an Ehr-M three years ago! By recording with a transparent mic, your hands are free to be as creative as you want.
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