R/E/P Community

Please login or register.

Login with username, password and session length
Advanced search  

Pages: 1 [2] 3 4 ... 10
 11 
 on: January 15, 2018, 03:23:32 am 
Started by klaus - Last post by klaus
A mic that has been "personalized to the sound of my voice" might be very attractive to a performer who knows or cares little more about audio than the microphone they sing into...
What does "cares little more about audio than" mean? Someone who cares little, or who cares more?

Actually, re-reading this sentence in full, I admit, I don't understand at all what you are trying to say.
Can you rephrase please?

 12 
 on: January 15, 2018, 02:38:11 am 
Started by klaus - Last post by Timtape

Equalization is a useful tool. It is not, however, a panacea, nor is it a substitute for an appropriate mic choice (and placement).
Agreed. But some performers (perhaps especially those unskilled in audio production) seem to wish for the reverse:  a mic that "does it all for me", a mic that is  a panacea or substitute for every production process that takes place downstream of the mic.

A mic that has been "personalised to the sound of my voice" might be very attractive to a performer who  knows or cares little more about audio than the microphone they sing into...


 13 
 on: January 14, 2018, 07:27:32 pm 
Started by klaus - Last post by soapfoot
Brad seemed to imply EQ has such a deleterious effect on the sound that it's best to avoid its use by instead "EQing with the mic".

I certainly regret if I seemed to imply that.

EQ doesn't necessarily have a "deleterious" effect, but it does have a host of effects, some intended, some unintended.

I am certainly unafraid to use an EQ if it's what I want. But it doesn't substitute for choosing the right microphone, in my opinion.

Equalization is a useful tool. It is not, however, a panacea, nor is it a substitute for an appropriate mic choice (and placement).


 14 
 on: January 14, 2018, 03:53:53 pm 
Started by klaus - Last post by klaus
Understood and agreed.

So the summation is still this: in the absence of accurate mics and all other accurate components in the recording chain (don't even get me started on digital processing!), good engineers with good ears and experience choose recording tools that translate their idea of best representation of the music. Whereby "best" could be translated as "most emotionally impactful for the listener in a positive way".

It's quite revealing to realize how few of these recording tools we keep coming back to, regardless of type of music to be recorded. And how universal our esthetic therefore must be.

 15 
 on: January 14, 2018, 01:36:18 pm 
Started by klaus - Last post by Kai
I am not into enlarging the original topic to "what mic works best for what purpose".
This wasn't so much meant as cookbook suggestions, but as examples to bring theoretical ideas, EQ or Non-EQ, postprocessing, back into a practical context with something most of us have experience with.

 16 
 on: January 14, 2018, 12:52:44 pm 
Started by mu90r - Last post by klaus
"Huh" What?

 17 
 on: January 14, 2018, 12:51:40 pm 
Started by klaus - Last post by klaus
I am not into enlarging the original topic to "what mic works best for what purpose".

All the examples given for a suitable color palate of choices in the recording studio, including, curiously, models of mics that purport to be accurate, confirm what I said all along: there is no consensus that ONE "accurate" mic would be ideal to have, superseding all other "colored" choices:

"Accurate" does not exist, cannot be scientifically confirmed, and, despite being hyped in the market place, seems undesirable for the vast majority of users.

Are we done with this subject?

 18 
 on: January 14, 2018, 12:16:52 pm 
Started by klaus - Last post by Kai
I'm not sure what you mean by that. ....
You're right, my quotation was stupid, I did mean the above and changed my post accordingly.
Let's delete this to keep the discussion clear.

What are the "special acoustic qualities" of the ribbon that are relevent here to its role as a drum overhead?
There is a certain softness in the sound that you should hear, best by AB-ing with your "standard" condenser drum overhead.
The room pickup is much different too, even compared to figure of eight condensor mics.

I have several other favorites for drum overhead too:

- Schoeps CM640 "speech cardiod", tube version, with LF rolloff and strong treble boost built-in, delivers an almost "mix ready" sound on many occasions.

- AKG C451/CK1s, cardiod with treble boost, bit harder to find a good placement, gives a good starting point for the mix.
Very good to use them as tom mic's that are serving as cymbal "under-heads" at the same time.
Using those I can pick a small kit with only 5 mic's: Kick, Snare, Hihat, Floor Tom, one or two Rack Toms.

-AKG C414, a workhorse, nothing special, always on the soft side with strong LF. Un-EQed giving a complete picture of the drumset.
Needs more or less EQ, largely depending on the exact model variant.

- Bruel & Kjaer (now DPA) 4004 or 4006 with diffuse field grid, omni with treble boost (DF grid). Very clean, the room and the drum kit must fit. Nice for Jazz, as "main"-mic.
Especially the 4004 could be considered as a technically "accurate" mic this discussion is dancing around. The DF grid makes it less accurate, but better suited for the purpose.

- Shure SM57 (select a good one) as mono center fill, can take more or less of fast compression, add a little in the mix for fuller body and depth.

 

 19 
 on: January 14, 2018, 09:52:45 am 
Started by klaus - Last post by Timtape
The sonic differences between microphones cannot be reduced to a question of EQ or other electrical parameters that can be reproduced or changed later.

I'm not sure what you mean by that. Certainly on axis frequency response is only one aspect of a mic's performance although a very important one.
Brad seemed to imply EQ has such a deleterious effect on the sound that it's best to avoid its use by instead "EQing with the mic". I suggested the question of the transparency of EQ is another subject on it's own. That was the context.

This is why proper microphone selection and placement plays such an important role for achieving a good sound.

Agreed!

On the other hand mic selection and placement, combined with EQ, largely enhances the number of choices and possibilities.

Agreed!

E.g. You can use a slightly dark sounding ribbon mic as drum overhead because of it's special acoustic qualities and partner it with EQ for the bit of missing treble - a common practise.

What are the "special acoustic qualities" of the ribbon that are relevent here to its role as a drum overhead? Its bidirectional pattern with deep nulls at 90 deg? Its wide, smooth response? Its relative insensitivity which is not so much an issue with a loud source like a drum kit? Is the slightly dark response important to the sound here or merely a problem that needs to be corrected with some EQ later on?

It helps to be specific so people understand the  principles and can apply it correctly whenever a similar situation comes up.




 20 
 on: January 14, 2018, 08:12:23 am 
Started by vcode - Last post by Kai
This is the original transformer number from my other psu.
BV 49-20 A
Looking for a replacement
There are companies that repair transformers, might be cheaper than sourcing a new one.

Pages: 1 [2] 3 4 ... 10