In spite of being one of the oldest technologies in microphone industry, ribbons are still one of the most lightweight membranes on market. Small mass means fast reaction and response to every smallest change in audio field around the transducer. As a result, You get perfect transient response which is the key to a secret of an outstanding presence effect that ribbon microphones are well known for.
Ribbons are claimed to be the most naturally sounding microphone transducer type and it is difficult to disagree once You have heart a good one in action. It can be described best as "You are there" feel. They are very smooth, flat and even sounding by their nature, so the major goal of a designer is not to spoil this natural beauty with usually unneeded sophistication.
The beautiful simplicity is one of the main advantages of ribbon microphones as every electronic component adds a little bit of overall distortion and artifacts to a source signal, so as less of them You have in Your audio path as closer is resulting signal to an authentic acoustical source - it feels as an acoustic guitarist sits in front of You and picks the strings of his instrument, You can feel the touch of a plectrum when listening to electric recordings, You can almost see emotions and face expression of a tracked vocalist...
All the tracks in the music video below were recorded using RM-5 Ribbon Microphones.
The RM-5 Ribbon Mic Kit features precision machined and individually hand-tuned ribbon motor with a 2" long ribbon made of highest quality Japanese 2.5 micron thick aluminum foil and high-grade NdFeB magnets. The motor comes assembled!
The toroidal transformer of our own design makes a perfect match with the motor revealing the great presence effect and preserving the clarity of sound.
Bodies are individually machined by a local company from hand selected stainless steel tubing of finest grades with attention to the details and mechanically matte-polished for our signature appearance. Our own original XLR receptacle is CNC carved right in the bottom cap and male XLR insert with gold-plated pins is included.
What exactly is included?
Everything you need to make a classy modern ribbon microphone:
Matt-polished stainless steel body with all the hardware - caps, screws, grill
XLR insert with gold-plated pins.
Illustrated Assembly Manual
Check out the detailed assembly manual with every step well-described and clearly illustrated with photographs. Yes, this kit is easy enough to DIY for any person, even without any experience in electronics. RM-5 Ribbon Microphone Kit Assembly Manual
We provide some relevant info here, but our advice, as You might have guessed, is to make a decision based on studying our media, rather then reading plain numbers. Of course, any questions are very welcome and don't hesitate - we are always happy to have a conversation about the audio!
Acoustic principle: pressure-gradient
Polar pattern: bi-directional / figure-eight
Circuit type: passive
Recommended load impedance: > 2000 Ohms
Frequency response: 35 - 14.000 Hz approx.
Output connector: 3-pin male XLR
Dimensions: D 1.10" (28 mm), L 7.68" (195 mm)
The shockmount is not included!
Brass section recorded in a small church in The Netherlands by Jo Smeets, Blumlein pair.
A classical piece played on a church organ, recorded by Jo Smeets, Blumlein pair.
Electric Guitar (Soft Overdrive)
Rhythm-guitar, soft overdrive, double-tracked. Microphone position: 8" from driver, on central axis.
Electric Guitar (Hard Overdrive)
Distorted electric guitar. Double-tracked recording. Microphone position: 10" from driver, slightly off-axis.
French-style accordion recorded with two RM-5 microphones set up as Blumlein pair, two feet from the instrument.
A well-known piece played on accordion. Bet, it'll put smile on Your face ;) Blumlein setup too.
Some grooving delta-style train shreds on harmonica. Microphone position: around 8" from the instrument.
Little Wing. Mics at deck and 12th fret, around 6" from the instrument.