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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
shockmount included Yes
Item number 180190
105 €
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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
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.
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Perfect for the Trombone
Spaceboysteve 22.07.2021
I'm utterly delighted with this microphone and would recommend it for sure. It is very well build, sounds great recording brass and comes housed in a wooden box, which is held in a small flight case! It' also comes with a great shockmount, so is a total bargain
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Good for Acoustic Mandolin
Steve301 20.12.2020
I like the sound this mic gives me with several different mandolins. It sounds natural and very musical.

Previously I'd been using condenser mics, which are often tuned for vocals, with a peak in the upper frequencies. The condenser-mic recordings I made of mandolin were detailed but shrill, harsh, painful at times, and not really resembling the original instrument. I took a gamble on the RM700 as a low-cost introduction to ribbon mics. I was not disappointed - if anything it has exceeded my expectations. When I listen to recordings with this mic, there doesn't seem to be anything missing, at least everything I want to be there is captured, with none of the harshness.

The microphone works pretty well straight into my recorder (Tascam DR100III) though the gain has to be turned up quite high. Adding a preamp of the 'cloudlifter' type would help - I went for a very low-cost option and it seems ok. Even without anything extra, the recordings are loud enough to not have any obvious preamp noise.

The only sense in which it is slightly inappropriate for my needs is the generous low-frequency response, going down to subterranean frequencies, but that is easily handled with a bit of low-cut. The Tascam is helpful in that respect, offering several different settings.

Overall, I'm pleased, I like the sound of the RM700 with my acoustic instruments.
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Excellent Ribbon Microphone!
Dumbledorf 01.02.2021
This microphone has a very linear response for low and mid frequencies, both on- and off-axis, and then it drops off rather steeply above 5 kHz, but in a smooth and controlled way, with no ugly resonances.

This very mellow "old school ribbon" character makes it sound really sweet for drum overheads, and it really brings out the soul with trumpets and saxes. It can be quite useful for miking amps too, depending on what kind of sound you're after.

But it would be a pretty poor choice for acoustic guitars, and it would make the dullest vocal microphone ever! For such sound sources, where you need a more extended frequency response, I'd recommend a slightly more expensive ribbon, like the Golden Age Project R1 MK2.

Or of course a Royer, if you can fit it into your budget...

This one is tremendous value though, no doubts about it! Not only is the microphone itself really sweet, but the accessories are better than you have any right to expect at this price point.

In fact, there are microphones sold for 10x the price that come with no accessories at all. But here you get a well designed suspension mount, and a wooden box for the microphone, PLUS an aluminum box to put the suspension mount and the wooden box in!

Kind of over the top really. "I heard you like boxes, so here's a box for your box so you can have a box when you open your box!" What were they thinking?! Overkill much...

Anyway, short ribbons (1") are THE choice for drum overheads IMO, and a pair of these are basically as good as any others for the purpose (yes, really!). There are other cheap ribbons, and some of them have more extended treble response, but none of them sound as uncolored in the lows and mids as these, if you ask me.

If you feel they're too dull you can always just boost the treble a bit, these microphones handle EQ well, but I personally don't think this is needed (or even desired!) for brass and drum overheads. This depends on how aggressive sound you are after, of course.

Highly recommended!
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