the t.bone RB 100

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Ribbons for under ¤100? :s
Zsolt82, 16.03.2019
Since I can't compare this microphone to high-end products from the likes of Royer etc., I'll just take a look at it and judge it on its own merits.
Like most ribbon mics (so I've heard), this one needs a lot of gain, so like others already might have pointed it out, it needs a quiet preamp with lots of gain. I've only tried it with a Behringer XR18, recording a classical guitar, vocals and an amped (clean and distortion) electric guitar. I think the mic did well on all these sources, but the amped electric guitar sounded great right out of the box. I'd rather use a LDC on vocals and classical/acoustic guitar though, although I loved the low frequency response on the classical guitar. It's smooth, takes eq well and sounds natural. The same goes for the high frequencies which are not as prevalent, but can be tweaked with eq without added harshness.
I'm still planning on testing this as a drum overhead and kick mic and might purchase a second one if I'm satisfied with the results.
So in short, at this price, the mic is a good purchase if used on the right source, with the right technique (distance, direction ..)
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Surprising results for the price!
Cal Richard, 22.06.2018
I was looking to expand my microphone repertoire and decided to go for a ribbon microphone. I spent a long time trying to settle on one and, due to budget restrictions, ended up buying the RB 100.

It?s not a very versatile mic even for a ribbon one; the highs are quite attenuated and the mid-lows are quite accentuated. This frequency response makes it nicely suitable for recording guitar cabinets, especially those that sound harsh in the higher frequency range, the mic naturally smoothens out the highs but adds a nice warm punch in the lower mids. This also sounds really good if you use it as a drum ambience mic; it gives the drums that extra ?Unf!? without the deafening frequencies of the cymbals in the way, especially when placed near to the ground in front of the set facing between the snare-drum and the kick.

The figure eight polar pattern can be problematic for full band live recording situations, as it will capture anything behind it. On the other hand, if used for overdubbing or isolated instruments it can give them a nice colour and organic feel, unobtrusively capturing the size and sound of the room, but unless you are clear on the sound you?re looking for, I?d only use this mic along with others and use the RB 100 to add colour and room to the mix.

The mic comes presented in a sturdy well-padded wooden box and a very decent shock mount that I?d be tempted to buy separately for other narrow mics.

If you?re looking for a clean versatile ribbon microphone this isn?t the one for you, but if you?re looking for a microphone with a lot of character, warmth and punch to give your mix that little extra push, this is what you want. Good mic at a good price.
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Very useful
Archie F., 28.01.2017
These really shine as drum room mics. Ribbons mics in general convey the punch of the drums better than dynamics or condensors in my opinion. I feel for the best drum sound a mix of all three is preferable. These are not "HiFi" mics they will not convey the souce in pristine clarity, they will impart their own sonic footprint onto any recorded material. Whether this is a good or bad thing is entirely dependant on the source and production values sought. They can sound slightly tubby and muddy due to their reduced high end response but clean up well with EQ. I have used them on vocals where they were serviceable but I prefer LDC's here anyway. They are amazingly well built and solid, they come with some serious wooden cases and velvet bags. I love this in the application I use them in.
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Nice value for money ribbon
Dazzlesound, 07.06.2013
Have used this in recording sessions and would recommend it for:

Drum room: dark and warm, responds well to EQ
Percussion: Tames transients and adds a nice sheen to tambourine, shakers etc
Brass: Particularly useful where sax/trumpet are played hard as it softens the attck without losing clarity. Watch out for wind blasts.
Banjo/mandolin/baritone guitar: Ribbon mics are particularly well suited to harsh, midrange heavy sound sources. Again, mellows out the sound efficiently.
Electric guitar amps: Ribbons are back in a big way on electric guitar because of their flattering of the mids. Try especially on more cutting toppy sounding amps.

Conclusion: cheap, versatile and suited to a wide range of instruments. Not as fat and warm as the more pricey ribbons but a handy little tool all the same.
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Very decent mic, GREAT for the money
Miguel Damas, 08.11.2018
I've been pairing the RB 100 with an SM57 when recording guitars. It is a bit dark by itself but it compliments the SM57 beautifully, really filling out the low end. The only con is that the included shockmount doesn't allow the microphone to be placed right on the grille, so other mics have to be pulled back to achieve phase coherence.
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Inexpensive and great guitar cab mic.
31.12.2014
I bought this mic out of curiosity, but found it to perform very, very well on guitar cabs. I've tried it on vocals, too, and if smoky, dirty, dark sound is what you're after, this mic can deliver it. I tried it also on other acoustic sources, but I'd say that the domain of this mic is guitar cabs and drum room. It is built sturdy, but of course one should be careful not to introduce too much shock to the body as ribbons are fragile. The supplied shock mound does the job well. The whole package looks quite elegant I must say.
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Cool little ribbon mics for the money
AndyNNL, 08.06.2017
Mainly bought these for room mics, guitar cabs and they do just that well. Not looking for mega expensive ribbon mics as they are prone to damage more and I tend to use them as secondary mics. Nicely built comes with a cool little wooden box case which I don't really use tbh and pouches for the mics. Shock mounts can be fiddly but nothing extreme as I usually leave them on.

Quite a low output so it needs to be either really hot going in without damaging the ribbon or buy a external preamp
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Good mic for its price
Dmitrijs, 09.09.2014
Low price doesn't come without flaws. All would be good, except you can't record quite sources, even like acoustic guitar, cause the noise of the mic is too obvious. It suits something like micking guitar amp or overheads!
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