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RCA 77 DX - Similar Mics
Old 12th September 2010
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RCA 77 DX - Similar Mics

Can we touch on this classic mic and the uses. I understand people like Elvis, Al Green used this mic. Perhaps people like Daptones use this today.

Besides this, is it worth having this mic in the studio for modern day applications (maybe taking into account a vintage sound), or would some Tube emulating plugin do the trick?

Any thoughts would be appreciated.
Old 13th September 2010
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Old 13th September 2010
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There's no doubt - it has a "sound". It's a vintage sound. A very dated sound that sounds like bing crosby or that era. It's vibe can be approximated by many different modern ribbon mics, but is not completely cloned by any that I've heard. If you need the 77 sound, you'll need to get a 77.

Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. Pretty much like any mic. No "tube emulation" plug will get you a 77 sound. Probably because a 77 doesn't have a tube in it.

And, in addition, if you need the directional aspects of the 77, there is no other modern ribbon that I am aware of that does this.

I have often considered buying one. For me, it's kind of a one trick pony, and now, I've waited too long, and prices are just silly on most of the ones I see come up for sale. Expect to spend several hundred dollars getting a used one back into prime shape unless it's been in rotation at a studio and kept in good shape.

Oh yeah, uses....

I like them on Saxes and Clarinets. Sometimes on drum rooms (although I'd probably go 44 there first). I'm not a ribbon on vocals kind of guy, but again, if you want bing crosby, that's where you head.
Old 13th September 2010
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I like my 77D on guitar amps, and also on vocals when coupled with an EQ (needs a lift in the highs). It's a little noisy, but a great smooth sounding mic IMO.

Cheers

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Old 13th September 2010
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If the guy was reincarnated today they'd call him "Bling" Crosby.
Old 13th September 2010
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77 is my all time fave. And used on jillions of records, for all sorts of things ...not just Elvis or Beach boys vocals.
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A lot of the sound of a 77 comes from the variable pattern control. It's literally a little shield that moves around the capsule.

And from your mark ronson thread, it sounds like you're looking for the Amy winehouse sound. For that, I'd recommend Amy winehouse. She'll sound like her no matter what she sings through.

Just focus on getting a good mic... There are a lot of flavors out there.

If you're dead set on a "big" ribbon, try looking at aea. The r84 rules as a mono drum overhead. Haven't used it on a vocal, or even thought about comparing it to a 77.
Old 13th September 2010
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A lot of the sound of a 77 comes from the variable pattern control. It's literally a little shield that moves around the capsule.

And from your mark ronson thread, it sounds like you're looking for the Amy winehouse sound. For that, I'd recommend Amy winehouse. She'll sound like her no matter what she sings through.

Just focus on getting a good mic... There are a lot of flavors out there.

If you're dead set on a "big" ribbon, try looking at aea. The r84 rules as a mono drum overhead. Haven't used it on a vocal, or even thought about comparing it to a 77.
Didn't she record all her vocals with an SE 2200? I've seen videos with her recording with it.
Old 13th September 2010
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The Electro-Voice 666 sounds similar to the RCA 77.

It was developed by EV to compete with RCA, as TV and radio broadcasting stations didn't like the hassle of fixing broken ribbons.
IIRC Scott Dorsey at R.A.P. said he used to fish broken RCA 77's out of radio station dumpsters!

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Old 13th September 2010
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Aea r84

A very good option to the 77 that's in the same ball park is the AEA R84. They are very well built and amazing sounding mics. What I like about them is that they're new and more reliable for that reason, but still retain the old school charm sonically and visually of it's predecessors. I love them on drum overheads, guitar amps, vocals, horns and strings.

I have one for sale if you are interested. I think there are plenty of sound clips of the mic around the internet if you do a search.
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