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ricknroll

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Re: The New ADK A-6 Condenser Microphone
« Reply #90 on: January 11, 2008, 03:37:15 pm »

Trumpetman2 wrote on Wed, 24 October 2007 14:15


...you got me...!  I do have 25 trumpets after all!!!!  Didn't mean to come off as a P****, although I did, but I needed a decent condenser mic soon....so, I was in a rush...and as often happens, ended up spending a lot more than I had planned- $1600 on the Telefunken...I do like it though, and I guess if the ADK pans out as a good mic down the road, I might just buy that one too.... Very Happy


You should sell a few trumpets, buy an original M49, and call it a day.  As a bonus, the M49 will sound great on other things besides your horn (ignoring for a moment we're in the "No Budget" forum).

Rick
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Re: The New ADK A-6 Condenser Microphone
« Reply #91 on: January 11, 2008, 04:14:47 pm »

Last Sunday, my son Alex and I ran thru 8 mics: Here are the test tracks, enjoy:

http://www.ITRstudio.com/ADK A6.mp3
http://www.ITRstudio.com/ADK S7.mp3
http://www.ITRstudio.com/Avant CK7.mp3
http://www.ITRstudio.com/Avant CR14.mp3
http://www.ITRstudio.com/MXL V88.mp3
http://www.ITRstudio.com/MXL V67Q.mp3
http://www.ITRstudio.com/SP CS5.mp3
http://www.ITRstudio.com/SP T3 Lundahl.mp3

Hopefully, all the tracks are self-explanatory.

Not exactly scientific, but maybe helpful.

Note: the SP T3 actually has the Cinemag transformer, not the Lundahl.

Here's more.  Home Recording had a group buy on microphones and here are some tests on 3 of those mics.  I believe Chance Pataki still has some left at ridiculously low prices:


http://www.itrstudio.com/ACM583.mp3

http://www.itrstudio.com/ACM3.mp3

http://www.itrstudio.com/ACM310.mp3
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Re: The New ADK A-6 Condenser Microphone
« Reply #92 on: January 12, 2008, 10:53:26 pm »

Thanks Harvey!

That cross-section is a real gift!  I will be going through these files to contrast and compare. I hope that others will also find these, too!

Peace

Galil

Note to T:  I understand.  In a previous post you had mentioned that an ADK S-7 was possibly in your future.  Your forthrightness in past posts has made your opinion all the more valuable.
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Re: The New ADK A-6 Condenser Microphone
« Reply #93 on: January 16, 2008, 02:35:20 pm »

A few random thoughts. . .

Our primary Aim with the A6 was Not as a Vocal Mic.

Our primary aim was an all-around utility mic that had
Guitar, Piano, Drum OH, and SPOKEN Voice as Primary Apps.

We would consider the Vienna and Hamburg to be our Best
Vocal FET Mics.  We get frequent emails from tenor male
and female vocalists who say they Love the A6!! But the
Truth Be Told, Vocals was NOT a Top Priority in its design.

By Design, the A6 has A Little, but Not a Lot, of Upper Mids.

By Design, the S-7 is even More Attenuated in the Upper Mids.


Indeed, it's the S-7 that surprises us by the number of vocal
talent who love the fact they can play rough and sing loud on it!


Our ten year saga in mic buiding has been a journey toward
a more open, accurate, greater linearity (but not ruler-flat).

I'll take the criticism of "Too Neutral" for the A6.

"Not gonna win any mic shoot-outs with this one" we were told.


Forgive me if I disagree with Harvey on this, I shouldn't think A6
would be flattering On a SAX - The S-7 (darker) or Hamburg (darkest)
perhaps might be a more flatttering ADK for Saxophones and Reeds.


Please Try the A6 on Acoustic Steel and Nylon String Guitars.  

The only thing I have collected longer than microphones is
hand-made acoustic instruments. It matters to me to blend the two!!!


If you Don't LOVE the A6 on Frets, I'll hang up my spurs and go
back to playing back-alley jazz. . . The A6 was made for frets!!!


Try A6 on Hand Percussion. Or Voice-Overs. That's what we're
hearing from the first few hundred owners of these two mics.


The REEDIST thing the A6 will Love is a Hammond B-3 (we are told).


AND: Thanks to all the Beta and Gamma Testers on these two products!


Cheers!


Larry V / ADK  www.myspace.com/adkmic

"Your tracks don't care what your gear looks like."

 
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Re: The New ADK A-6 Condenser Microphone
« Reply #94 on: January 16, 2008, 03:13:51 pm »

Larry, thanks for posting the interesting information about your microphones, in this thread and in others here on PSW.

I'm confused though by the multiple variants of many of your mics.  There seem to be an S-7, and an S-7b; the FET Vienna and Vienna II, plus what I think seems to be a tube version which is called, I think, TT-Vienna-AU; and ditto two FET and one tube version of the Hamburg.  I'm not sure how to sort all of these out, and, I'm not sure how to buy them.  For example, I haven't found any dealers who list the S-7b.

Can you clarify what the differences are between these variants?  And also can you help me understand how I would order, say, an S-7b, if I wanted to check one out?

Thanks!

--Mark

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Re: The New ADK A-6 Condenser Microphone
« Reply #95 on: January 16, 2008, 10:07:27 pm »

I am literally at the PDX airport getting ready to fly to NAMM

I promise a detailed  response wthin 48 horse
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Re: The New ADK A-6 Condenser Microphone
« Reply #96 on: January 17, 2008, 12:46:59 am »

Has it been 48 horse yet?

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Re: The New ADK A-6 Condenser Microphone
« Reply #97 on: January 17, 2008, 07:00:37 am »

Anyone herd from Larry?
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Re: The New ADK A-6 Condenser Microphone
« Reply #98 on: January 18, 2008, 01:09:34 pm »

I am being held captive at the NAMM show with only a cell phone to type on!!

We will be producing the B (brass) version of the S7.

ETA April

In the mean time you can order a S-7 and. Send it the ADK Custom Shop and we will modify it for free.
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Re: The New ADK A-6 Condenser Microphone
« Reply #99 on: January 28, 2008, 04:35:05 pm »

I just took a couple out to gig with on a country show for our two lead vocalists. They were not confortable at first using but they really liked the sound we got, especially the low end.
We could also turn up the gain much higher than with the usual SM58's. It takes a little getting used to on a stage but the look is unique and effective.
Next will be our demo recording session next week.
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Re: The New ADK A-6 Condenser Microphone
« Reply #100 on: February 01, 2008, 06:30:28 pm »

If you would like to hear a recording done with the ADK A6 I have posted a recording done with this mic by a professional singer in my studio.  Please go to http://www.hearthegear.com/a/94-adk_a6_adk_a6_mbox.php  
to hear this track.  The singer absolutely would not sing through any other microphone after hearing this track.  And this was without a 2k mic pre! Rolling Eyes  I like getting great results without having to spend alot.  I do plan on getting an API lunchbox in the future but this mic makes me feel like I dont "have to".
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Re: The New ADK A-6 Condenser Microphone
« Reply #101 on: March 06, 2008, 07:39:39 pm »

This column being intended for "no stinking budget" I am basically saying "if you need a great mic for under $250, here it is!"  As I move up the mic "food chain" I will try more adk's because they have outperformed every other "budget" mic I had purchased.  I am one of the best at researching and saving money and I am pleased when I find something and I share it with others as I hope others will continue to share their secrets with me.
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Re: The New ADK A-6 Condenser Microphone
« Reply #102 on: March 08, 2008, 07:56:00 pm »

Sorry it took awhile to get back to you.  I have no experience with the telefunken but from what I have heard it is a well respected microphone.  I think you must compare mics in a price bracket so I can only attest to the A6 compared to $250  and lesser mics.  
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Re: The New ADK A-6 Condenser Microphone
« Reply #103 on: April 13, 2008, 07:35:38 pm »

I really got around to hitting this thread way,way late...but I'll post anyway.  I've been using Larry's mic's for the better part of 9 years, starting with the original A-51's.  Have a set of TL's and use a pair of the 48's on a Decca tree when doing 50+ musician's stage bands and gotta say I LOVE 'EM !!!

Keep up the great work Larry!-
Joe Blasingame
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Re: The New ADK A-6 Condenser Microphone
« Reply #104 on: May 20, 2008, 03:47:43 pm »

Thanks Joe!

Check out an A6 User's Homage to this new mic:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X8X9fZyud1s

Cheers!


Larry Villella, ADK

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