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Best cheap ribbon mics up to $250 Ribbon Microphones
Old 26th August 2007
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Best cheap ribbon mics up to $250

any suggestion?
Old 26th August 2007
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t.bone RB500 Ribbon microphone. figure 8... I just got it in yesterday. Works really well on old guitar amps. Happy me.
Old 26th August 2007
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Cascade Victor (similar to the TBone) is awesome in front of a drum kit. Haven't tried it out on guitar amps yet.

Around $160.00 at Bayviewproaudio.com.
Old 26th August 2007
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I second the TBone.
Very good on strings and amps and acoustic guitar.
Old 27th August 2007
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FAT

HEAD
Old 27th August 2007
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Fat head, is pretty great for the money. I like it better than the shiny box (with the lundahl transformer) that I had. For the money, hard to beat.
Old 27th August 2007
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Originally Posted by Fuel View Post
any suggestion?
What are you doing with it? That would affect my suggestions as there are differences between every mic...some do one thing real well...others are more all purpose but suck at one or two things...

War
Old 27th August 2007
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War I would like some ribbon mic that would be also great choice foe electric gtrs and maybe acoustics...thanx!
Old 27th August 2007
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Shinybox Ribbon Microphones

Best regards,
Steve Berson
Old 27th August 2007
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+ 1 for the fat head 2.
But in combi with a nice preamp.
Old 18th October 2017
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I'm resurrecting this old thread... Do any of you have any experience with the ART AR5 (active ribbon - http://artproaudio.com/microphones/product/ar5/)? .
I don't have any ribbons and am looking for a cheaper option to learn how to use them. The active ones seem interesting, as my current equipment are not great, either. My main recording is of classical piano, classical guitar and strings (violin, viola, cello). I was thinking of using the ribbon for mostly the strings.

Thanks!
Old 18th October 2017
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Not affiliated, have a pair, they sound great (Not active, so your pre-amp counts). Classical examples available on their website (In the thread):

RM BIV Ribbon Microphones

Last edited by DPower; 18th October 2017 at 06:10 PM.. Reason: Clarification
Old 18th October 2017
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A few years ago I bought a Karma K6 active ribbon for $99, Then sent it to Clarence Kane at ENAK who upgraded the transformer and ribbon with authentic RCA ribbon material. Total cost under $500.00 Sounds very very good. Sometimes I choose it over my AEA R44ce.
Old 18th October 2017
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The sE X1R is really great at $229.
Old 19th October 2017
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SE Voodoo or Xaudia upgrades.
Old 19th October 2017
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FWIW Inexpensive ribbon mics


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SE Voodoo
Voodoo runs about $400
Old 19th October 2017
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FWIW Inexpensive ribbon mics



Voodoo runs about $400
That's what ebay's for.
Old 19th October 2017
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Rm biv

Gotta search for it on gearslutz. He sells direct from his business in russia.

I bought the stereo version for $270 shipped.
Used it on OH for an album I’m wrapping up mixes on now. Pretty happy with it.
Old 19th October 2017
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Cascade Vinjet or No Hype LRM-2.
Old 19th October 2017
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That's what ebay's for.
Old 22nd October 2017
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Any opinions on Golden Age R1 MKIII? I believe it's active

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Old 22nd October 2017
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Vla - here is a ribbon test session from sound on sound that includes the GA R1 mk11 active ribbon:
https://www.soundonsound.com/reviews/ribbon-mics-test
Old 22nd October 2017
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Thanks, jnorman! I'll check it out!
I just borrowed a Samar AL39 for the weekend - I guess my quest for a cheap ribbon has now been spoiled, but I guess I'll buy what I can afford...
Old 23rd October 2017
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Vla - here is a ribbon test session from sound on sound that includes the GA R1 mk11 active ribbon:
https://www.soundonsound.com/reviews/ribbon-mics-test
Mk2 is on my short list
Old 23rd October 2017
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BIV or RM5
Old 25th October 2018
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The sE X1R is really great at $229.
Overheads?
Old 25th October 2018
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Overheads?
Absolutely, and electric guitars, vocals, fiddle...

I had them set up for a demo as a Glyn Johns pair last weekend and they sounded great.
Old 25th October 2018
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No Hype Audio has new version of LRM-2 out now. Seriously good mic's.
Old 25th October 2018
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Absolutely, and electric guitars, vocals, fiddle...

I had them set up for a demo as a Glyn Johns pair last weekend and they sounded great.
Cool. I'm kind of stuck in Recorderman setup myself; does what I need and I like how centered everything is, contrary to GJ setup, which I found placed the kick off-center a fair bit.
Old 25th October 2018
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Cool. I'm kind of stuck in Recorderman setup myself; does what I need and I like how centered everything is, contrary to GJ setup, which I found placed the kick off-center a fair bit.
When doing GJ you shouldn't hard pan the overheads. Johns himself suggests about 3-9 panning. I was teaching in this instance and had each student come up to the console and listen for the BD and SD to become center as I panned in the mics.

I haven't done recorderman in a while, I really should again. I actually usually use Octava MC012 in ORTF.
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