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Western Electric Carbon Microphones Dynamic Microphones
Old 1 week ago
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Western Electric Carbon Microphones

I am attempting to make a series lo-fi recordings (just for personal amusement), and have started looking into the carbon based microphones by Western Electric. I've have come across a few models including the Western Electric 1B, 1D, 600A, 618A, 633A, and 635. Some models are much more expensive than others, and I could only find a few sound clips of them. I am aware that carbon microphones aren't that popular. If anyone has information on differences in sound and construction between models as well as any additional models I may want to look into, that would be great.
Old 1 week ago
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Just found out that the 633a is a dynamic mic, and that the 1B, and 1D, are just the enclosures for the 600a. Not sure if this is accurate though.
Old 1 week ago
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Placid Audio makes a modern carbon mic that I've been eyeing for a few years.

I think it'd be a challenge to get an antique one working today, but I could be wrong. Carbon mics need a special power supply. The carbon granules also need to be set up properly.

As for the 633 (dynamic), I have one and it isn't a very lo fi microphone.
Old 1 week ago
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My bad, I should clarify, that I am not interested in their dynamic microphones. Also I have no issue with getting a vintage microphone, I really like the sounds I heard from the 635 model. Just want to know about other models, or if anyone has sound clips of other models.
Old 1 week ago
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Besides the Copperphone and Carbonphone have you considered Speakerphone by Audio Ease?

Audio Ease - Speakerphone - real speakers in their natural environment
Old 6 days ago
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Are their carbon mics based of the WE mics, or are they just modern carbon based microphones.
Old 6 days ago
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633 as an overhead [it's omni..unless you put on the adapter ring] or on snare was the go to for much of the 60's drum recordings..plus it's great on harmonica
Old 6 days ago
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Here is a rare example of an Instructables.com posting that is actually useful:
Balanced Microphone From an Old Telephone | Instructables.com
Old 6 days ago
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Gear Head
That looks great, but I thought that carbon mics would require an external power supply though. Is this not the case?
Old 6 days ago
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Quote:
Originally Posted by CRK View Post
That looks great, but I thought that carbon mics would require an external power supply though. Is this not the case?
That's what he's using the 9-Volt battery for.

(And I agree with the poster at the bottom of the linked page, saying that 3 Volts is really about optimum.)

...Of course, you could just as easily modify the design to run from phantom power (but it would cost more to build).
Old 6 days ago
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uggg i just pulled the trigger and spent 65 bucks for the "cardiod" ring [they only come up every few years] gonna paint it purple metal flake..it will look good with the drab flat green of the mic..and 3 bottom of the 633 cover plates which i'll prob make into door knob plates lolz
Old 6 days ago
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More info on Placid Audio's line of 'Low-Fi' mics:

Products | Placid Audio Custom Microphones
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