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SE RNR1 at high SPLs Ribbon Microphones
Old 9th September 2011
Gear Nut
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SE RNR1 at high SPLs

I've noticed that my SE RNR1s start to distort in front of loud guitar cabs (and I'm not talking about stupidly loud - just a bit of nice controlled level of carnage). This is not nice subtle harmonic distortion but a nasty clippy type noise. I've used passive ribbons such as 4038s and R121s with no problem on louder amps so I guess it's not a ribbon thing. Could it be that the actual ribbon is fine but the high SPL is overloading the active componants? Is this mic usable as a passive ribbon on higher SPL sources simply by not applying phantom power?
Old 21st January 2015
Gear Head


Hi, I've been looking in to getting the RNR1 ...Have you managed to rectify the high SPL distortion yet and Ive also heard about a very disconcerting hiss with this microphone that even changing pre amps could not rectify in some cases...Some people have had no issue with this though ....Does it sound warm and rich?
Cheers Roan
Old 21st January 2015
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Warm and rich? No. Detailed without being spiky - yes.

Hiss? It's a little noisy but not hugely. I wouldn't use it for recording the very quiet tapped drum or similar....
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