RM-5 Ribbon Mics Used in Cirque Du Soleil Album
Cheers, audio fellows! Being the members of DIY pro audio community we have all been witnessing a significant growth of our movement during the recent years, which is not surprising, as hand-making your own recording gear is a truly rewarding experience that increases the knowledge of electronics, helps understanding how your equipment actually works and gives a great feeling of achievement when you finally hear the sound coming out of the device you've just made with your own hands.
However, now it seems that the DIY equipment is stepping up to the next level being used in world class commercial productions. Some time ago I was contacted by one of my customers - Rob Heaney, who appeared to be a music producer, who recorded and produced most of the albums of a world famous Cirque Du Soleil show, he had built few RM-5 Ribbon Mic kits. The fact of having such customer is great by itself, but what he told me was simply outside any of my expectations - he liked the microphones so much that he used a pair of kit-built RM-5 as drum overheads for the whole Cirque Du Soleil album - Kurios!
Moreover, RM-5 ribbon mics were also used on other sources, particularly electric guitars, during tracking the Kurios album.
Rob Heaney have kindly described their applications, which I am quoting below:
"All the [drum overhead] tracks were your mics only through a McCurdy class A tube mic pre from the 50's.
Also the Accordion had one of your mics plus two tube mics.
Electric guitars - 90% of the sound is your mic through a Trident B-range Console."
You can take a listen to the recordings at the official Cirque Du Soleil web-site:
The web-site of Rob Heaney:
Studio Fast Forward, a Rob Heaney's recording studio:
RM-5 Ribbon Microphone Kits:
So, my congrats to all the RM-5 mic owners - you have the officially recognized world class microphones now! :)
Rob Heaney in his studio, a photo from Rob Heaney's official web-site: