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 on: Today at 05:51:16 am 
Started by Mattias_Milab - Last post by Mattias_Milab
I am very pleased to announce that the two Swedish microphone manufacturers Milab and Pearl have been reunited. The pre-decessor, PML, was founded in Stockholm, Sweden in 1941, but was split into two separate companies, Milab and Pearl, in the late seventies. On Nov 1st of this year, Milab acquired all the shares in Pearl which means that the companies have been brought back together after almost 40 years of separation.

The plan is to merge the two production units early next year, but both Milab and Pearl will still be treated as two separate brands on the market.

More information can be found here: http://www.milabmic.com/news.asp?show=one&id=133

/Mattias Strömberg, Marketing Manager, Milab Microphones AB

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 on: Today at 12:01:13 am 
Started by suman - Last post by Thanpanut
I'm looking for a sound card. Can you recommend me?

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 on: Yesterday at 11:20:25 pm 
Started by klaus - Last post by soapfoot
Let's clear something up here--

I don't like the U47/U67/U87/etc "because of their inaccuracies."

I like them because they sound good.


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 on: Yesterday at 04:19:09 pm 
Started by klaus - Last post by Timtape
Exactly. Michael O first raised the subject in this thread. The accuracy weak link/bottleneck is the playback, with the distortions of speakers and  rooms first by a large margin over amps, converters and cables etc. Not just in a blind listening test but any playback.

So again, why the focus on the much smaller accuracy weaknesses of the mic, and then paying big money for a barely "character" mic whose effect is swallowed up in the far more "characterful" playback.

To minimise the playback losses in blind listening to one mic, we can  listen on good quality headphones, which also removes the contribution of the room. For critical listening tasks many people do use quality headphones.
 
But on one point I differ, Jim. The defects of the playback, adding its own distortions, do not make the blind listening test less blind. They make it more blind, or deaf, by blurring away subtle differences. Another reason why many listeners dont want to subject themselves to blind listening tests when knowing what piece of gear being listening to results in so much more confident opinions. ;)


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 on: Yesterday at 11:12:54 am 
Started by klaus - Last post by Jim Williams
Blind listening "tests" are not so blind when you are required to use a less accurate speaker than the mic is under test. Then add more errors from the power amps, converters or preamps, cabling, room, etc.

It's like trying to push down a floating ping-pong ball with your thumb.

"Two steps forward and one step back" ~Johnny Winter

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 on: Yesterday at 10:17:00 am 
Started by klaus - Last post by Timtape
Yes but even today, their inaccuracies are relatively minor, I'd suggest.

Unfortunately confirmation bias can be very strong in some people. I believe the only way to sort this out is true blind listening tests where people have no idea which mic they are listening to.

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 on: Yesterday at 09:21:43 am 
Started by klaus - Last post by kludge
Well, we can distinguish because microphones that were _designed_ to be accurate, and those that were designed to be deliberately inaccurate.  This creates the interesting category of microphones like the U47 that were designed to be as accurate as possible when they were originally made, but which people like today because of their inaccuracies.

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 on: Yesterday at 09:04:30 am 
Started by klaus - Last post by Timtape
We are closer to perfect microphones than we are to perfect  speakers.

A lot closer I suspect, and have been for maybe 70 years or more.

What I dont understand in this thread at least is:

1. the ridiculing of accuracy on the one hand...

but then

2.   the praising of mics like the great U47 which from its makers' own words was designed primarily to be accurate. (I can supply the relevent Neumann quotes)

One or the other yes, but, not both. There seems amongst some people almost a fundamental disconnect.  I'm still trying to work out the explanation.

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 on: Yesterday at 09:03:26 am 
Started by NorthfireRecordingStudio - Last post by NorthfireRecordingStudio
Thanks Billy! It'll be super helpful to know where to go with this, I'm definitely hitting a tech wall with this so far.

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 on: November 20, 2017, 12:34:30 pm 
Started by djind1g0 - Last post by djind1g0
Hi guys I am beginner EDM DJ and currently looking for some cool drum kits for this genre , can u recommend me something , recently found this sample pack https://www.lucidsamples.com/drum-samples-packs/40-top-club-drums-vol-1.html
 but I am still not sure about buying


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