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the t.bone RM 700

the t.bone RM 700
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item number 180190
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available since July 2005
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the t.bone RM 700 Ribbon microphone - sensitivity: 2mV/Pa (-55dB), figure-8 pattern, Nennimpedance: 600 Ohms, max. SPL: 148dB 1% THD, frequency response: 20 - 10.000 Hz, S/N ratio: 70dB, Equivalent noise level: 18dB (A-weighted). Weight: 794g, dimensions: 76x165mm. Includes shockmount, woodbox and aluminum case

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

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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.

Great mic for the price!

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The T. bone RM 700 is shipped in rather cheap-looking aluminium case which in spite of its cheapness does the job just fine, maybe not road-worthly but gives some protection. Inside the aluminium case there is the shock mount and a wooden box that stores the ribbon mic itself. The shock mount is very low quality and hard to set up but it is still usable even tough it is not very reliable.
The ribbon mic itself feels very solid and is finished nicely. The sound of the mic is just what one would expect from a ribbon mic, very warm and round sounding, maybe a bit too dark. The 8 figure picks up a lot of room sound which is a good or a bad thing depending on the source being miked and most importantly on what the room sounds like. Works also great on different stereo miking techniques such as blumlein and mid/side. The mic has a lot of proximity effect and is almost unusable in close-miking guitar amps but gives great results when backing the mic up about a half meter. Other great uses for the RM700 are drum overheads and all kinds of room miking.

Good starting point

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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.

Dark and vibey

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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 botgh sides.
Not recommended for people looking for hi-fi clarity.

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