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Author Topic: The New ADK A-6 Condenser Microphone  (Read 49948 times)

Bill_Urick

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Re: The New ADK A-6 Condenser Microphone
« Reply #105 on: May 20, 2008, 10:24:27 pm »

Been following this thread with some interest and finally had the opportunity to borrow an A6 from a dealer/friend here in town. Just tried it on an acoustic guitar track.
Very usable, with a little EQ.
Might sound better with a different pre as well.
It's a good deal so I think I'm gonna buy it.
I'll try to post some files in a few days if anyone's interested.

I think I like mics with transformers better than without.
Nice job, Larry.
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Re: The New ADK A-6 Condenser Microphone
« Reply #106 on: May 21, 2008, 11:05:48 am »


Thanks Bill / Leto II !


I also like Transformer-Coupled Mics - for vocals, reeds, many guitars.


By virtue of it's 'relative' linearity, the A6 is EQ-Friendly!!

When given the chance, Suzy Bogguss chose the A6 over the S-7 for guitars (track soon with zero EQ).

http://www.myspace.com/adkusers


That said, I like transformerless mics on many percussion sources,
as well as grand pianos, where transient-response is critical.



Enjoy!


Larry V / ADK)))
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Re: The New ADK A-6 Condenser Microphone
« Reply #107 on: June 15, 2008, 02:05:15 pm »

Larry Villella wrote on Wed, 21 May 2008 08:05


Thanks Bill / Leto II !


I also like Transformer-Coupled Mics - for vocals, reeds, many guitars.


By virtue of it's 'relative' linearity, the A6 is EQ-Friendly!!

When given the chance, Suzy Bogguss chose the A6 over the S-7 for guitars (track soon with zero EQ).

http://www.myspace.com/adkusers


That said, I like transformerless mics on many percussion sources,
as well as grand pianos, where transient-response is critical.



Enjoy!


Larry V / ADK)))



I love the myspace vid.
sir martin george.......lol
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Re: The New ADK A-6 Condenser Microphone
« Reply #108 on: June 30, 2008, 06:07:09 am »

Tracking Hammond yesterday.
A6's on Leslie.
Sounds good.
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Re: The New ADK A-6 Condenser Microphone
« Reply #109 on: August 20, 2008, 05:07:42 pm »

Thanks Bill!!


Spent Four Days in LA at Voice-Actor Expo recently. . .


The Vienna II-AU and A6 were the two favorite ADK
Mics according to our informal poll of voice-talent.

I was a late-night FM announcer in a former life, so it
was really cool to share Vox mic technique now vs then.


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Re: The New ADK A-6 Condenser Microphone
« Reply #110 on: August 23, 2008, 12:06:21 pm »

Thanks for sharing that.
We'll see.

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Re: The New ADK A-6 Condenser Microphone
« Reply #111 on: September 03, 2008, 06:47:29 pm »



We'd rather you closed your eyes and think with your ears!!!

My humble opinion is it still gets back to blending elements:

The Source, the Mic, the Signal-Chain.

Each one is different. What works for one individual
singer/guitar/piano/sax/ might not work for another!


www.hearthegear.com  for additional ADK soundfiles.

Or get any of Ray Charles last 3 CD's, Kathy Mattea's last
5 CD's, Spyro Gyra's last 4. ADK Soundfiles are everywhere!


Files are a guide-post, but it's still better to personally
do REAL-TIME Analysis of the Mic that is Source Specific!!!

Your Axe, Your Pre-amp, Your Monitors, YOUR EARS!!!!

There are five or six mics that you could put in the hands of
a first-call engineer that would solve 95% of all their needs.

It's just that they know how the proximity boost is different
for each mic and make optimal use of "working" the mic to find
the sweet spot.  Technique often Trumps Technology in Audio!!

Check out the Blog at www.myspace.com/adkusers

Musically yours,

Larry V / ADK))))

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Re: The New ADK A-6 Condenser Microphone
« Reply #112 on: September 03, 2008, 07:07:06 pm »

I appreciate that post Larry, makes sense.
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Re: The New ADK A-6 Condenser Microphone
« Reply #113 on: September 08, 2008, 01:38:30 pm »

Hi guys, if you have any tech questions on the A6, just shoot... I'll be at IBC for a week but will log on once in a wile.
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Re: The New ADK A-6 Condenser Microphone
« Reply #114 on: December 03, 2008, 04:25:56 pm »

I got to listen (for the first time in 25 years) to a vinyl
recording of ABC Impulse Album Hues By Sam Rivers Jr.

Sam Rivers son and I engineered the first 4 tracks on this
live session in 1971 at the Jazz Workshop in Boston.

I remember we had 8 channels of Langeven linear pots and
a notorious Scully 8 track, and a handful of New U-87s.

My takeaway from this re-hearing isn't anything too profound:

The 87's were wonderful on OH, Good for Piano, and
OK on Flute and Tenor Sax, not so hot on Soprano Sax.  

My guess is that similar application-specific best-use-scenario
exist for the ADK A6 (both mics are slightly forward in the mix).

The best part of the Sam Rivers Jr story for me was a call
I got last year that Sam was recording a new CD - using ADK!

So you might say we've come full circle.

As a guy who likes to play and record music,
the most fun for me is when serious musicians
have that 'lightbulb-moment' regarding analog tonality.

The real lesson here is that Tenor Sax can tolerate
a slightly bright mic, but a particularly 'reedy' soprano
cannot.  To resolve that in 1971 we would have - in a big
studio setting - have pulled out a U-67 or even a U-47.

So darker colors, Like Hamburg or S-7B would be the
solution for the Overly Bright / Overly Nasal Source.

I dig the A6 on a wide variety of sources.

But being Mostly-Neutral isn't always the Color you want!

Still, the A6 cuts a wide swath in the utility column!!!!




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Re: The New ADK A-6 Condenser Microphone
« Reply #115 on: December 13, 2008, 03:38:26 am »

Its funny that I return to the track that I posted with a link for the A6...I hadn't had that mic long and I went through very little work to get my sound, but once I got it re-positioned  and re-adjusted a few times for the singers dynamics, I knew I had an awesome mic....I still get great takes with that mic from both female and male as well as acoustic guitar.....I hate to say it but I pat myself on the back knowing I come away with takes that rival even the best facilities...all in my little nook here in the bay on a budget....I am totally sold on your products, and all of your models I own, produce for me....I won't invest in anything else...I now am getting a craving for your new lineup....Gotta find the funds first though..Have a great Holiday and keep up the obviously great engineering...
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Re: The New ADK A-6 Condenser Microphone
« Reply #116 on: March 26, 2009, 07:55:23 pm »


I appreciate your kind words!

People tell me that ADK Disappeared from the Radar for
a few years.  The fact is we were "Wood-Shedding" !!

Everything we build has been re-evaluated and re-invented
over the past 24 months and I'm very happy with the results!

As a musician, I practice every day.  As a mic builder,
I am constantly asking our design-team what can we do
to make it better. And - from my perspective - they have!

12 Years and 100,000+ Mics later, we are still a small
company with client-satisfaction and personalized service.

And we never intend to stop questioning or asking "Why Not?"

We appreciate your feedback - positive OR negative!!!

Cheers!
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Re: The New ADK A-6 Condenser Microphone
« Reply #117 on: May 25, 2010, 06:32:30 pm »

The A-6 is very nice on acoustic guitar.  Probably the best I have used in that price range.
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Re: The New ADK A-6 Condenser Microphone
« Reply #118 on: May 25, 2010, 07:29:25 pm »

Hasn't been much written lately on the extremely useful A6. What a useful mic!  The Silver Perkins are really on to something.  It is tough to beat the A6 for the honest recording of an acoustic instrument.
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