Jim makes a good point. Try and RE20 and see how it sounds. The mic is a legendary gold-standard for
broadcasting voices, but it's under-rated as a music-recording mic. For an old-style sound with less
sensitivity at the mic, find a great-condition EV 666 or 667. These mics were go-to for bass and
sometimes drums on many 1960s jazz recordings. I think I'd avoid something like a modern stage vocal
mic (a Shure SM68 and whatever EV makes in competition). The reason is, they "sizzle" in the
midrange on purpose, and this won't work well for a midrange-heavy heavy medium like a 1940s disk
recorder. A fuller-range, flatter mic like an RE20 will allow you to capture all the frequencies the
disk is capable of recording in a relatively flat curve going in.
If you do use a ribbon mic, I'll revise my earlier statement and recommend you go with a modern,
powered (you'll need an AC-to-phantom power box), high-output ribbon mic. Make sure it's not been
goosed for "presence" or sizzle, look for the flat response curves. I still think this could produce
very pleasing results.
For the same reason I would stay away from a stage-vocal mic, I'd avoid a U-47 and its ilk. These
have huge "presence peaks," especially close-in. They won't work well with your chosen recording
medium. Plus, good luck finding a well-working vintage German or Austrian condenser mic.
-- Tom Fine
----- Original Message -----
From: "Jim Long" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Friday, September 19, 2014 8:11 AM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] recording booths
> Lorna Fulton recently wrote:
>> Its an EV dynamic mic- we're currently playing around with different
>> kinds- recently tried an omni directional mic, and it made no difference
>> to the recording!
> "EV dynamic" covers a lot of ground. I worked for EV for over 50 years
> (recently retired) and am quite familiar with the various models made over
> the years and have access to most of the spec sheets. Many EV dynamics
> have a wide frequency response, certainly in excess of the Presto recording
> machine. Elsewhere on the list, I saw mention of the U47 (condenser) mic
> (classic but still produced, $8,495 street) and the AEA R44 (ribbon) mic
> (modern version of the classic RCA 44BX ribbon, $3,780 street). These are
> fine microphones but in my humble opinion overkill for your project.
> If you can supply the model number of the EV dynamic/dynamics you are
> trying I could share the basic specs with the list.
> Jim Long