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Ribbon Microphone

  • Very warm, natural sound
  • Figure 8 characteristic
  • 2” Aluminium ribbon (strength: 2 µm)
  • Frequency range: 30 - 18.000 Hz
  • Sensitivity: -60 dB /1mV/PA (0dB = 1V/PA @ 1 kHz)
  • Maximum SPL: 148 dB
  • Delivery incl. U bracket and padded carrying bag
  • XLR cable attached to the microphone
the t.bone RB 500 Wizoo Bundle

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31.03.2015

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As usual, t.bone delivers fantastic mics at an affordable price. This one is quite extraordinary, it renders a warm, rounded-off sound with a lot of character. Picks upp the slightest tone changes for high-volume things lika a valve guitar amp. Been using it together with a t.bone MB 75 on a Fender Blues Junior which I found is a fantastic combo for a rich, detailed and big guitar sound.

Also recorded some vocals with this and sure, it is not the brightest, but a perfect fit for more mellow/vintage-y styles of music.

Do be aware of how ribbon mics work before you consider buying one - they are very sensitive to the surrounding room due to their pickup patter. If you want to try out the ribbon sound - do like me and start with this one, it is impossible to be disappointed given its price.

If I would point out one flaw is the arrangement of the included, non replaceable mic cable - since it cannot be replaced I would have liked a more sturdy one. Also, it makes it a bit difficult to fit the mic in the included case.

23.02.2016

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A really great ribbon microphone!
For sure the best price/quality microphone in the market, sounds just like any high end ribbon microphone but you pay and incredibly low price for this mic! Thank you Thomann!

Good sound from this mic

Felix4793, 02.08.2015

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I have used this on acoustic guitar, guitar amps and as a drum overhead.

This mic seems to have the "sweet" ribbon mic sound that I have read about.

The figure 8 pattern is an interesting aspect with pros and cons. It offers side axis nulls, but can cause phasing or flamming if placed too near a wall. The sound is not as " fast" and crystal clear as a condenser mic, but in my opinion it is a bit fuller and clearer sounding than a dynamic mic like an SM58.

This mic needs a powerful preamp, which must be factored into the budget. It sounds good with my old TLAudio Ivory 5051.

It seems to be solid in construction but I don't think it wants to be roughly handled.

I like it a lot. It's a fun mic, if not the most versatile "desert island mic".

Cheap price, but great mic!

Benni D., 03.10.2015

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These are fantastic microphones for the money!

I have used them for various applications in the past such as drum overheads, room mics, guitar mics and vocals - the RB 500 excelling in all of those applications. Overall a great sounding mic if used in the right application.

They are built very well, the grill and mounting are very strong, however I always make sure to be very careful with the attached XLR as to not break it, as it would be a hassle to replace.

These are very reasonably priced ribbon microphones, ideal for somebody who may not be familiar with this style of microphone, but looking to try it out. Ribbon microphones are generally not as bright as condensers, so the slightly duller sound may surprise people who are not used to their sound - as will the bidirectional polar pattern of the microphone.

For those familiar with ribbon microphones, you may be sceptical of the cheap price, but I fully back this microphone as being a worthy entry into your mic locker!

Sounds lovely

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I use this mic to record guitar, bass and vocals
I record with this mic hanging in front of my amp, with a sm57 pointing at the amp aswell
I then blend the sounds of both mics with a mixer, which then goes into my recording unit
The sound from the two blended is a much more natural and rich sound then just the sm57 or just the tbone, although just the tbone can sound beautiful and lush also to be honest
I would certainly reccomend this
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