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The Australian magazine, Audio-Technology, is starting a three part series about microphones. Greg Simmons looks at the influence of the microphone on the tonality of the captured sound, and delves deep into microphone technology to find out what makes them sound like they do. In Part 1 of 3 he gets some basics out of the way
PSSL Killer Daily Deal for Saturday MXL Revelation Multi-Pattern Tube Condenser Microphone Pair Price: $699.99 List Price: $2,990.00 You Save: $2,290.01 (77% Off) The MXL Revelation is a studio microphone that delivers the warmth and intimacy of a quality tube microphone, but with extended clarity and punch for balanced recording. A dual gold-sputtered, 6 micron diaphragm and hand-selected EF86 pentode tube provide warm, rich and transparent sound. The Revelation's polar pattern selection is virtually limitless thanks to the variable knob. Whether you record vocals, instruments, percussion or simply use it as a room mic, the MXL Revelation can handle any recording task. Features: MXL's flagship all-purpose mic—superior quality and detail Variable control that lets you blend pickup patterns EF86 pentode tube that brings out a warm vintage sound Flat response that gives pure, natural recordings Mogami cable and wiring for exceptional audio fidelity Specifications: Type: variable pattern tube condenser microphone Diaphragm: dual gold-sputtered, 6 micron diaphragm Tube type: EF86 Frequency response: 20 Hz - 20 kHz Polar pattern: continuously variable Sensitivity: -40 dB re 1 V/Pa Output impedance: 140 ohms Attenuation switch: 0 dB, -10 dB High pass filter: 12 dB/octave @ 125Hz Equivalent noise: -18 dB (A-weighted IEC 651) S/N ratio: 76 dB Max SPL for .5% THD: 138 dB SPL Power requirements: Revelation power supply unit 110/220 VAC, 50/60Hz Dimensions: 7 1/2" X 2 1/2" / 190mm x 63.5mm (mic only) Weight: 2 lbs. / 907g (mic only) Metal finish: dark violet and chrome Package Includes (Click links for individual product info): 2 x MXL Revelation Multi-Pattern Tube Condenser Mic
Do you want perfect sound from your mic that’s as close to natural as it gets? If you own an SM57, AT4050, or MXL V67G, the following are EQs that will create a perfectly flat response. Note that you will need the LP EQ (a.k.a L-Phase Equalizer) as this equalizer has enough nodes for the task, has a non-linear setting, and has a high quality, transparent sound (esp., compared to the ProChannel EQ). First, place the LP EQ on an audio track FX rack (open the plug-in window for the LP EQ and click the Expert button, select Non Linear under Precision and Slow under Analyser for low latency recording); next, create a new aux track from the output of the first track; set input on the first track to your mic input and turn Input Echo ‘on’ (also 48V phantom power—only if you’re using a condenser mic, otherwise leave it off). Now, arm the aux track for recording. Recording with this input channel setup will produce some input latency, so go to Preferences and view your Input latency under Driver Settings. Write down how many samples are shown. After recording, set your Snap tool to Samples and enter this amount. Set Snap to ‘snap by’ and zoom in to the front of your recorded clip. Drag the clip left until it snaps by that many samples—this fixes your recorded latency entirely. You can use this method for any input channel FX in the future, such as compressors and so forth. Also, you can use these on tracks already recorded with the above mentioned mics by placing the EQ on the track’s FX rack. Here are the EQs both written (for those not using the LP EQ) and uploaded (for those using the LP EQ). Enjoy! Sincerely, Maximus, Rock Mojo Studios. I recommend using these on vocals when the most natural sound is needed or on tambourines, snaps, claps, etc.; try it on your guitar rig and you'll notice that the sound you get is exactly what was playing through the speaker(s) (perfect for when you don't want to change a thing about your settings!) SM57 Flat Input EQ (set each to Peak/Dip) 50 Hz, +10dB, Q 9.16 100 Hz, +5dB, Q 6.76 250 Hz, +2dB, Q 2.49 3,000 Hz, -2dB, Q 10.00 4,000 Hz, -4dB, Q 10.00 6,000 Hz, -7dB, Q 10.00 7,500 Hz, -3dB, Q 10.00 9,500 Hz, -4dB, Q 10.00 13,000 Hz, -1.5dB, Q 10.00 15,000 Hz, -2.5dB, Q 10.00 AT4050 (set each to Peak/Dip) 30 Hz, -1.75dB, Q 3.08 1,375 Hz, -0.8dB, Q 10.00 1,725 Hz, -0.8dB, Q 10.00 2,750 Hz, -0.8dB, Q 10.00 4,000 Hz, -0.8dB, Q 10.00 6,000 Hz, -2.4dB, Q 10.00 9000 Hz, -3.75dB, Q 10.00 10,000 Hz, -4.5dB, Q 10.00 13,000 Hz, -2dB, Q 10.00 15,000 Hz, -2.25dB, Q 10.00 20,000 Hz, +10dB, Q 10.00 MXL V67G (set each to Peak/Dip) 20 Hz, +11dB, Q 10.00 30 Hz, +3dB, Q 10.00 38 Hz, +2.13dB, Q 10.00 50 Hz, +2dB, Q 10.00 60 Hz, +2dB, Q 10.00 70 Hz, +2.13dB, Q 10.00 85 Hz, +2.13dB, Q 10.00 100 Hz, +2.06dB, Q 10.00 150 Hz, +2dB, Q 3.45 375 Hz, +3dB, Q 10.00 400 Hz, +3dB, Q 10.00 500 Hz,+2dB, Q 2.03 1000 Hz, +2dB, Q 10.00 1,500 Hz, +2dB, Q 10.00 2,000 Hz, +0.38dB Q 10.00 3,500 Hz, -1.25dB, Q 10.00 4,250 Hz, +2dB, Q 10.00 20,000 Hz, +1.5dB, Q 5.55 AT4050Flat MXLV67GFlat SM57Flat
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