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the t.bone RB 500 Bundle

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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.

sound

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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