I'd love to try a ribbon too... one day maybe. I seem to remember the Oktava SD can take different heads, so you can change polar pattern. I did look into getting a couple of Oktava SD mics, but got cold feet when I read there are a lot of fakes out there.
Thanks for posting!Hi there,
We had Sontronics mics on the trombones for my husband's big band recording. They would not be my first choice, though.
The general problem with the cheaper ribbons is that unless you have a very good preamp the signal won't be very strong and the sound will be somewhat grainy and you might have to boost the top end. The AEA TRP is perfect for ribbon mics.
With a good ribbon mic plus the TRP you don't need any additional EQ. I can recommend the Royer 121 (also great for gigs, if the soundguy can be trusted ). Coles 4038 or AEA R84 are also very nice on sax. I recently bought an RCA 44bx which is my personal favourite for sax.
Thanks for posting!
An old thread of yours have been very helpful. It occurred after I've been sitting with your husband on a big band gig and he used a RE20 (my initial thought). Then you mentioned the possibility of using a ribbon live. I was hoping you could have experimented with something cheaper than Coles.
My current turnover does not justify such an expensive microphone; AEA would probably be my dream, but in that price range few tube mics are good contestants. It is still cheaper for me to go to a professional studio, if I have to provide that kind of recording.
Do you have any experience using small diaphragms condensers on bari/soprano?
the Golden Age ribbon mics get good reviews - http://www.goldenagemusic.com/goldenageproject/uk/
and there's Michael Joly's modded Chinese mics -
the Beyer M160 has the advantage of being hypercardioid pattern and having a high enough output not to need expensive preamps - one of my friends had a pair that he plugged straight into his digital recorder and he got good results recording his gigs - but if it doesn't look cool enough for you....