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Dynamic vocal mikes that sound "like" a RCA 77DX?
Old 7th June 2003
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chessparov's Avatar

Dynamic vocal mikes that sound "like" a RCA 77DX?

Bob Ohlsson was kind enough recently to inform me that the EV 666 is similar to the RCA 77 in tone.

Is the EV RE15 or RE16 pretty close to the EV 666 and RCA 77 in
terms of tone quality?

Just picked two old RE16's off e-bay, and took the foam out of one to help extend the high end sensitivity, and really like them.
My non-pro ears seem to think it has some of the attributes of "ribbonish" tone. The experience with a 77DX is limited to only talking through one in a college radio station class
many moons ago!

Any other dynamic microphone suggestions to explore (RE20/PL20?) would also be appreciated, as this sort of sound works well on my voice. Already have a Beyer M88TG BTW.

Thanks in advance for any responses,
Old 7th June 2003
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Marshall Simmons's Avatar

the AEA R84 is only 1000 dollars and it is a ribbon mic
Old 7th June 2003
Jr. Gear Slut 2nd class
chessparov's Avatar

Yes, but the "swap meet" portion of the gearslutian mind likes

Seriously, I do plan to try the R84 sometime, thanks for the mention.
Like the idea of a dynamic partly though because they seem less prone
to SPL issues, than most ribbons, over a long period of use.
Didn't Electro-Voice invent the EV 666 to help oust the RCA out of radio use
on this exact point?
(seem to remember the college VO class instructor told that)

Can get pretty LOUD with vocals on occasion!
Feel free to correct if this is a mistaken impression.

Old 7th June 2003
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The R84 can take 165dB SPL at 1kHz and above.
If I'm not mistaken, 140dB at 200Hz and above.

So, SPL is not a problem with the R84. Wind or Air Pressure to the ribbon is.

Although, if you angle the R84 correctly, you can put it inside a kick drum without any problem.

Old 7th June 2003
Jr. Gear Slut 2nd class
chessparov's Avatar

Thanks Moko.

Guess I'm "once bitten twice shy".
A "KJ" (karoke jockey) was pretty upset once when I accidently
damaged one of his speakers at a club after asking him to
reduce the level on the microphone (he didn't).

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