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the t.bone RB 500 Wizoo Bundle

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Condenser Microphone Yes
Clip-On Microphone No
Incl. Clamp Yes
Stereo Pair No
Polar Pattern Figure Eight
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My RB500

JulianH., 16.12.2010
The t.bone RB500 is an inexpensive china tune with - if you like a bassoon in principle - excellent sound.

Specifications

The RB500 is built as an Alctron RM-11 and is available as an OEM at other companies under the names Nady RSM-2, Apex 210 or ShinyBox 23 and is modeled on the legendary RCA 44 of 1932. In spite of the great variation of the manufacturers, in terms of the shape and color of the case, there is the inner life, the "motor" of the Chinabänder in only two versions: short or long ribbon. The short (RM700, RB100) are somewhat more linear in the middle, the long ones have another top end, are thus more suitable for voice. Michael Joly of OktavaMod writes good articles about this.

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I bought the RB500, after I have found that capacitors in the affordable price class as well as basically strikingly emphasized heights, the "China heights" to fight. Since the now no longer corresponds to my sound ideas and I do not want to "saturate" this hardness with a real or false tube, I have done a few experiments and finally ended up with the ribbon principle.
So I have made myself smart, learn that the cheap belts, there are big production tolerances, so order two: the better I keep.
Yes, there comes the package, the mics actually sound a bit different in the heights (but negligible), are even slightly different (the locking screws) and the sound - so wonderful! So I imagined that. Where are the highs (I already read), reederegelt, then the noise rises, well, there must be something still superior ... But how good sound stereo recordings, Blumlein, acoustic guitar!
- I've kept both of them.
The sound is so wonderful. The level is so low, that you have to experiment with a lot, so that you get the noise in the case of quiet sources (singing, guitar). The processing is conceivably coarse (as impatiently assembled Fischertechnik, I thought with the reinkucken ...) and invites to the further building. One can remove one or the other of insulation material and resonators, replace the transformer with a higher quality (Lundahl LL2913, 60EUR), or activate the mic with the phantom power "Ribbon Booster" from the magazine Sound & Recording.
What it actually brings: subtleties. Small but audible improvements in noise, clarity and frequency response.

Supplement on 1.2.2012: Ca one year and many assignments later ... As before, the tapes work well and are always used again and again. However no longer for everything :-) Have very good results erziehlt to trumpets and amps. In special cases (and in good sounding rooms) also recommended for overheads and certain vocals (m / w). Sometimes kicking is a problem because of the bad suspension, but they fit well into the spider of the AKG P220.

Conclusion

Buy it! This is a funny piece of microphone technology, which with some feeling and knowledge can even become a useful tool.
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No Royer - but it's fun!

noizelab, 23.04.2011
Seriously: If you buy a ribbon micro for 100 EUR, can hardly expect to make Hi-End Recordings. And as much as you like in our sound-helicopter scene also its potential "badges" nicely talked - cheap is just cheap - point.

However, as often happens, one's own expectation. So if you want a cheap hi end micro, will be mercilessly disappointed here. If you are looking for something with sound and character and want to do a bit of sound research, you can have fun with the RB500!

When the micro arrived here, it was, of course, admired: the part is heavy and massive! So ran to the guitars Amp, the pre-Amps ripped open and ... well ... sounds quite nice, but as a main signal not particularly useful. So something rumprobiert and finally directly frontal on the cone of a 1x12er directed - Jupp, which sounds already better. In the end, it is not a major micro, but in the mix with a SM57 with distorted guitars brings a very nice color in the game and makes them somewhat more spatial (ribbon just ...) and creamier. Whether you need it or want it, be put there once ... For right brachial distortion of deeper tuned guitars it is certainly a small miracle weapon, if one is on bassloaded chunks :-) For moderately overdrive still a nice additional signal that one times More - sometimes less.

Since I also want a little more than a single nice additional signal with a 100 EUR fun investment, the RB500 recently migrated together with an Oktava MK012 (ball capsule) via the drum set as an M / S microphone. Again, one can not expect to get a super nice overhead signal for the basins, aaaaber:

If you are on QOTSA, or generally have a soft spot for more dirty-natural-spatial sounds, one should try an M / S setup with an RB500 over the drums. I could even imagine that for some stylistics this setup could possibly be used as a main microphone. For what is going on in terms of space and "pounds" is a real joy! The complete set is depicted with a very pleasant "dirty" character, has a nice sound imprint in the lower middle range and is very natural from the stereo distribution. Even if you use this signal "only" as an effect microphone and featured in certain places in the mix, nothing is given away here.

Probably I will still find tens of applications for the micro. Knowing that it is just a micro for special sounds. And who with exactly this expectation an RB500 acquires, so will have just as much fun as me :-)
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