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In need of a low-fi Crap mic...... Condenser Microphones
Old 19th January 2010
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In need of a low-fi Crap mic......

I'm looking for a sound like the Placid Audio Copperphone. I refuse to believe you can only get this sound by buying their $250 microphone. It's cool, I will admit. But, I have heard of guys using really crappy speakers for this effect. I never have done this and I just want to know some opinions on this. Thanks
Old 19th January 2010
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try an earphone plugged into an amp heh
That's what I'd do.thumbsup
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try an earphone plugged into an amp heh
Make sure it is clumped with old ear wax.
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Old 19th January 2010
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telephone, solder a 1/4inch jack into the microphone of the phone.
Old 19th January 2010
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crystal mics from CB radios are pretty common and crappy. I'm sure you could find one for $10 or less if you look. I've seen NOS ones for $1.
Old 19th January 2010
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telephone, solder a 1/4inch jack into the microphone of the phone.
I have found that the earpiece of an old black Ma Bell telephone actually makes a better mic than the mic end. The really old ones have screw terminals so you don't even have to solder. Plug the 1/4" into a direct box.
Old 19th January 2010
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I've achieved a similar sound just by cutting all the high and low frequencies using the channel eq in logic.
Old 19th January 2010
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The Copperphone actually sounds pretty darn cool!
If you look at the Frequency Response: 200Hz - 3kHz, thats a big key.
Theres also some resonance that you would have to achive.
I've never herd of the mic, but from the samples, I give it a big for what it does.

To emulate it, I would try the 200hz - 3Khz bell curve.
Then add a touch of distortion.
Not sure how you would get the resonance effect.

I've used this effect with good results.
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Old 19th January 2010
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record with the built in mic on your laptop, if you have one.

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Old 19th January 2010
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Wow,

I think Coppertone sounds great! I think you could achieve that kind of the sound using eq and some 'micro' impulse responses like these:

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Old 19th January 2010
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I've achieved a similar sound just by cutting all the high and low frequencies using the channel eq in logic.
Yup, I'd rather buy an EQ and use it for lo-fi and other general betterment of sounds...!

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Old 19th January 2010
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Yup, I'd rather buy an EQ and use it for lo-fi and other general betterment of sounds...!

War
I agree! That's why I think there is a cheap solution to this. I think I might try the Ma Bell telephone thing. Call me old fashion but I want to try to get this effect OTB.

BTW I'm only 29 haha
Old 19th January 2010
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If you have a console with built in talkback, use that mic (free).
Old 19th January 2010
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A bullhorn/megaphone at low volume might do the trick.
Old 20th January 2010
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I've taped drum trigger pads to the front of guitar amps and had some pretty sick results....

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Old 20th January 2010
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you know what else works? those little mics with 1/4 inch connectors that came with old reel to reel's. i have an old akai tube reel to reel that came with some really cool little boxy mics. the akai even had 1/4 inch preamp outs. something like that could be really cool.
Old 20th January 2010
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buy the copperphone. i love that thing.
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My buddy is a merchang mariner and when he was out on his last ship he managed to snag me a really old "self powered" phone microphone/capsule. I cut an cheap TS 1/4" cable in half and wrapped the two wires around the two contact points on the phone capsule... taped it all up with electrical tape. It sounds really great for some cool semi-lofi stuff.

The thing is... I get a buzzing when using it. If I touch the metal enclosure of whatever preamp I'm using it with the buzzing goes away so I'm guessing it's being grounded out through me. Is that to be expeted with something like this? I would have thought the wire going to the "sleeve" of the TS connector would ground it out. I'm trying to figure out how to get rid of the buzzing without having to always touch the mic pre.
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radioshack!
Old 20th January 2010
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if you have a small crappy bass amp, try that. We used to use that with a 57 and it sounds like sh...."low-fi"
Old 21st January 2010
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That phone trick seems like a good idea, I'd like to five it a try if I can find an old phone I don't use anymore.
Old 21st January 2010
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if you have a small crappy bass amp, try that. We used to use that with a 57 and it sounds like sh...."low-fi"
a Pignose will get you there too
Old 21st January 2010
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i'm telling you man, THE COPPERPHONE. its made to sound lo fi. it picks up a very limited bandwidth and is housed in crappy sounding copper. i think copper? thatd make sense right?
Old 21st January 2010
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Has anyone tired the Copperphone...? Is there anyone here that thinks that is the way to go? I'm looking for that lo-fi sound.
Old 21st January 2010
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listen to their sound samples lol. google it
Old 21st January 2010
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This $29.95 SM-58 copy and this free mod.

You'll be able to tune, hack or bend this mic to your hearts content to get any number of whack sounds.
Old 21st January 2010
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Beyer M60.

I recently got one, it looks cool and has a LoFi but very useable sound, kinda the mic equivalent of an Auratone speaker if that makes sense?

I still plan to get a Copperphone at some point though, from the samples on their site I actually prefered the sound of their 'Harmonica Mini' mic.
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Old 21st January 2010
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Beyer M60.

I recently got one, it looks cool and has a LoFi but very useable sound, kinda the mic equivalent of an Auratone speaker if that makes sense?

I still plan to get a Copperphone at some point though, from the samples on their site I actually prefered the sound of their 'Harmonica Mini' mic.
ya it really depends on the use though. if you need those extra frequencies then ya. but the even MORE lo fi and rough sound. well you know which one
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