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 on: Today at 01:12:01 pm 
Started by Tim Campbell - Last post by klaus
(...)If they could come to market with significantly fewer offerings aimed more at the pro level (proper CK12's made in 2017 would rock the professional recording world...) they could stand a chance. After all, does the world truly need more mediocre prosumer LDC's like AKG has been pushing for years?

But such projects would take time to develop, bring to market, and survey the response in the field.
Only angel investors loan money for projects with such uncertain outcomes, and that money currently does not flow to purveyors of analog technologies of yesteryear, but Silicon Valley startups.

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 on: Today at 09:24:04 am 
Started by mu90r - Last post by Kai
If you need a working U47 and a part really can't be restored or replaced by a historical correct one, replace it by a contemporary, but keep the original - if possible inside the mic so it cannot be lost.
Very often the original part can stay in place disconnected, as new ones are much smaller.
Never reskin - it does not make sense, as a contemporary capsule from Neumann sounds better. Carefully store the original so it cannot be lost, maybe later someone finds a way to restore it, at least it's there to enhance the value of the mic for a collector.
When soldering near the capsule put a protective cap made of paper over it to prevent drops of hot solder residue to hit it.

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 on: Today at 05:30:20 am 
Started by mu90r - Last post by mu90r
A simple question.
How do you think your U47 best preserves its value?

1-Keeping original all its parts
2-Recover its full functionality with what it entails (capsule change, reskin, replacement capacitors(if required) ....)

I look forward to your reasoning.

I have other microphones and I can live without a functional U47 :-)

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 on: Today at 03:17:35 am 
Started by afterlifestudios - Last post by Kai
... Mylar would have some advantages over the older nickel versions, since Mylar is more stable.
Absolutly not, nickel is the way to go if you want to build an, e.g. measurement microphone, because it can be made most stable.
Bruel & Kjaer, the worlds reference for those mic's, build all their mic's with nickel and give stability figures for centuries!
The problem with mylar is, it's hard to make the edge termination/glueing (tensioning) and the metalisation permanent.
Nickel can be mounted by metal to metal connection without glue, and doesn't need to be metalized to make it conductive.
If nickel is your taste soundwise is on you and depends on the task, I can tell it does sound different to mylar, although I can only compare whole mic's, not the capsules alone.

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 on: Yesterday at 07:44:21 pm 
Started by afterlifestudios - Last post by J. Mike Perkins
My Schoeps M221B has a Mylar MK24 capsule and it sounds great.  I realize that is a different capsule than the m934c, but I can tell you that before I purchased my 221B, I looked around at several of them and the prices seemed to be same for the nickel and Mylar capsule versions of the same mic. That would imply the market place values each about the same. Since I don't have a nickel MK24 capsule to compare to mine, I can't say each sounds exactly the same, but among users of the 221B, both capsule versions seem to be used interchangeably, so they must have a similar sound.  From a practical standpoint, the Mylar would have some advantages over the older nickel versions, since Mylar is more stable.   

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 on: Yesterday at 05:56:47 pm 
Started by Tim Campbell - Last post by Michael O.
Disheartening news, but the writing has been on the wall for some time seeing as the current 414 is barely recognizable as a 414, and even their headphone quality has spiralled into the depths of mediocrity.

Their Austrian engineering team has been underutilized for the last couple decades. If they could come to market with significantly fewer offerings aimed more at the pro level (proper ck12's made in 2017 would rock the professional recording world...) they could stand a chance. After all, does the world truly need more mediocre prosumer LDC's like AKG has been pushing for years?

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 on: Yesterday at 10:30:28 am 
Started by Dan Mortensen - Last post by Dan Mortensen
Just in case anyone reading this can be at the NY AES Convention with the ability to get into the Paper Sessions, my 30th St presentation will be tomorrow, Saturday, at 10:45am in Room 1E08.

The one I'll give is about the sixth incarnation of this talk, with information unearthed as recently as two nights ago.

It's a full hour and a half long, so come prepared.

This will be the last time I'll bug you about this here. Thanks again, Fletcher, for being so welcoming.

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 on: Yesterday at 04:04:15 am 
Started by John Marsden - Last post by Dinogi
To be a proper MS you would need to flip the polarity of one of the side microphones. Otherwise it won't cancel when collapsed to mono.

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 on: Yesterday at 12:18:40 am 
Started by John Marsden - Last post by John Marsden
Daft question
If I point two small Ĺ inch condenser mics away from each other  (Rode M5ís)
and then point a third microphone forwards at 90 degree to them (Rode NT2-A)
Can I use this as a sort MS arrangement? I know itís not really what you should do. But just thinking of a back up plan if one of my two NT2ís should fail (ie get stolen!)

Ie do the two M5ís almost equal a figure of 8 arrangement  And given that can I just pan them right and left and use them to add wide stereo sound.

And then I got to thinking can I make the front mic xy and place a pair of mics pointing off to the right and left to create the wider ambient field.

Aim to use for classical trio or piano ensemble stuff in a hall.

Thanks to anyone with a suggestion
John

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 on: Yesterday at 12:17:12 am 
Started by John Marsden - Last post by John Marsden
Thank you Lance great advice.
Thank you for sharing. There are so many things you can do its hard to know when to stop...

Thanks Fletcher - I shall bear this in mind too.

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