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Old 19th June 2003
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Mr Alpha,
In theory anyway, a magnetic device is loaded down more by driving a lower impedance input. Check me if I am wrong.
There is another issue. When someone calls an input a 600 ohm input that can mean two things. One is that it is intended to for a 600 ohm mic, the other is that it presents a 600 ohm load to the source. What the manufacturer's numbers actually mean is not necessarily s clear. This is a yin/yang thing.
The point is that your 10k ohm input, if it has phantom feed resistors the load it presents to the mics will be around 13k. A ribbon would be better off driving a higher impedence input.
Old 19th June 2003
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like i said, i dont know the theories behind it... nor am i even able to debate you on them, but my flamingo at a much higher load to the mic is not practical to use for ribbons whereas the lower loads on other pres is much more suitable to use practically. im simply stating what i have found.
Old 19th June 2003
Gear Maniac

Originally posted by jbchef
I have tried several mic pres that work great with ribbon mics: (R84, R44 and Royer R122)

Wow! Absolutely wow! Great pair!
jusy goes to show ya how much individuals experiences varies. i love my vipre and my new requisite for ribbons, but my merc great river doesn't impress me that much
Old 19th June 2003
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jkshort's Avatar

got 1 ribbon..coles 4038
and 1 good pre millenia hv3

fortunately they seem to like each other fine
Old 19th June 2003
Gear Maniac

there ya go.
Old 14th November 2006
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Kore's Avatar

Try the neve 1073 dpa. It has the impedance switching you need and sounds solid on most things
Old 14th November 2006
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...and in another three and a half years, I'll give you my recommendation as well!
Old 15th November 2006
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wes dooley makes the aea trp ribbon pre.
grace makes a 101 ribbon pre.
both are affordable.

i have the trp. love it.

Old 15th November 2006
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for whatever reason, this thread has been raised from the dead...
i now have many more ribbons and think of myself as being daft for not hearing the beauty of the great river/merc. i now quite like the MP2NV w/ ribbons.
ribbons + digital = antidote to hyped sounding condenser mics.
Old 18th November 2006
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Wes Dooley recommended the Grace units to me before they came out with the TRP.
the R84 sounds great through the Grace.
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