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Ribbon Microphone

  • Sensitivity: 2mV/Pa (-55dB)
  • Characteristic: Figure 8
  • Nominal impedance: 600 Ohm
  • Max. SPL: 148 dB 1% THD
  • Frequency range: 20 - 10000 Hz
  • S/N ratio: 70 dB
  • Equivalent noise level: 18 dB (A-weight)
  • Weight: 794 g
  • Dimensions: 76 x 165 mm
  • Incl. Shock mount, wooden case and aluminium case

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T Bone RM700 Ribbon mic - relatively average budget mic with one special trick up it's sleeve!

Cirrus, 28.01.2014

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This is an interesting mic. My understanding is that they're made in China and branded with the T-Bone name for sale in the EU, and also sold in America under a different brand name.

It's a budget ribbon mic, most likely aimed at people who might have a low end condenser, a couple of '57s, and are curious about the "third kind of mic". It's very well built; despite its lollipop construction it's all metal, feels sturdy and comes with a good shock mount, wooden carry case AND a padded aluminium flight case!

As with most Ribbons, the RM700 has a figure of 8 pickup pattern which makes application and placement quite critical - it hears equally well in both directions, so the room sound is as important as the direct sound. Ribbons tend to exhibit strong proximity effect - a low end build up as you move it closer to the sound source - so care must be taken to utilise this effect well. While most ribbons have low output, the RM700 seems relatively powerful thanks to its onboard transformer, however this is at the expense of some sound quality - while most Ribbons are quite dark sounding, the RM700 is even more mellow than most, and it lacks some of the snappy low and midrange detail that more expensive Ribbons such as the Coles 4038 and Royer 121 possess. HOWEVER - given the price points, it would be churlish to compare them too much.

Ribbons tend to be very sensitive to wind blasts from vocals, kick drum holes, bass ports etc. The RM700 seems to be more rugged than most though, and is rated to withstand high SPL levels. I found that the treble can be improved by opening the mic up and removing some extra pop shields that are taped in place. However as this makes the ribbon less protected and voids the warranty I'd not recommend it unless you're feeling particularly brave!

The mic has one strength that I think makes it very worth the money: The low-mid range. While on its own it can be quite dull, I absolutely love it when paired with another mic on guitar cabs. Alongside an SM57 on a guitar speaker, the RM700 brings out a really thick but rich lower midrange that adds depth and power to clean and distorted tones. It's my go to setup for recording my Vox AC30, and has also worked wonders on higher gained rigs too.

For that reason alone I think this mic justifies its existence in my collection, and I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a second mic for guitar amp duty.

Dark and vibey

JoshuaH, 27.02.2015

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For not much money you get a really dark mic (not much treble) and characterful mic. I use a second mic for distorted guitar recordings. It gives fat sound to add to a sm57's fizzy vibe.
The 2 sides sound a little different to each other so don't forget to check both sides.
Not recommended for people looking for hi-fi clarity. It's a great "vibe" mic.

I recently recorded a pro trumpet player with it and he couldn't believe how good the sound was. Dark, murky ribbons are the way to go when recording brass.

NIce vintage sound on the cheap

17.09.2015

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For anyone who hasn't tried ribbons before, and want a mic with some weight to the sound, rolled off highs and a nice "in the room" feel to the sound, I recommend these. I use them mostly as drum overhead or drum room, works very well in both applications to give weight to the drums - cymbals sounds very nice too.
In OH applications I use them alongside an SDC (AKG C451, Line Audio CM2 or Audiotechnica ATM-450), works well to balance and not have to EQ so much to get different tones. That said, I find these ribbons take EQ well.

Also used on Saxophone as Room mic and it blended very nicely with a Sennheiser MD-421 on the bell.

Wonderful mics!

Richard6564, 05.01.2015

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These are some of the best mics out there, regardless of the price, and they are completely consistent - I have 7 of them, and they are a go-to for guitars whenever I am in the studio. Some of the best Ribbons I have ever used, awesome (and quiet!)

Good starting point

Roshan, 28.01.2014

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Bought this as my first ribbon mic, I had used Cascade Fatheads before so am familiar with what this type of ribbon mic can potentially be. Don't expect high frequencies from this thing, the design dictates that frequency response rolls off from just under 10kHz.

It is a very simple mic, I've had very good results using it on arco double bass where the smoothness really shines, and close in on a guitar cab which gave a lovely creamy sound.

You need a good preamp to drive it with a lot of clean gain, even then there is a fair bit of noise, I think this could be remedied by swapping the transformer for a better, shielded version. You can also mod these quite easily (I removed the inner screens) and there are quite a few places out there that will upgrade the ribbon and transformer for a reasonable fee (check out Xaudia for example).

Given the price, it's good value, you get a nice flight case and wooden box, the provided shock mount feels a little flimsy but does the job.
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