Life is a song
You have to create its melodies 🎙🤘🏽✨❤️🙏🏽 This is my happy place! The things you love most are sometimes the hardest to face. Be truth! Write the score to your life you are the conductor...
Rich Moncure from KOS was in the studio today tracking horns and vocals for his song “Speeding Ticket”. Gear - We used vintage RCA 44b, RCA 77dx, and a Royer122 for the horn sections. On the vox we used a Manley reference cardioid tube condenser, Neumann TLM170 and a RCA 77dx.
Had the opportunity to record on these awesome mics the other day. The one on the left is a Neumann and the one on the right is an RCA Ribbon. I was told the RCA use to belong to a guitar player in the Johnny Cash band. That’s pretty kool. #kgexperience#neumannmicrophones#rcamicrophone
0 164:40 AM Mar 21, 2018
Probably one of my favourite sounding Ribbon microphones. The RCA KU-3A also known as the MI-10001 is a Unidirectional microphone that found strong favor amongst scoring stages from around the world. This particular model was hand built and serviced by Charles Grant who was RCA's west coast ribbon technician. Rated at a frequency response between 30 Hz and 15 Khz, this microphone shows a 2-3 Db peak between 2 Khz and 3 Khz showing a strong rolloff at 15 Khz. This particular example of the KU-3 has all of the sought after elements that one would expect from a well cared microphone of this vintage: strong commanding presence between the 200 Hz - 400 Hz range, clear and present midrange. There is a personal technical term that I like to use which I refear to as "Crack" and it is applied specifically to the midrange frequencies. Crack, as defined by Webster's dictionary is "A line on the surface of something along which it has split without breaking into separate parts", taking this definition onto an Audio analogy, it is the splitting point from which frequencies are equally divided. In my opinion there is a center of sonic energy that is pallatable on a Ribbon mic that is well tuned and well balanced. This microphone, therefore, offers that Mid-Range center with the same reactive characteristics as when the ear is right next to the instrument. This holds especially true with brass instruments where this microphone excells, especially on trumpets and French Horns. Careful attention needs to be paid to the output termination on these mics, as they offered different strapping options on the output transformer between 30, 150 and 250 hz. Each KU-3 will offer a different response and are hard to match, but when you find one in optimal condition, the end result is truly unique! #watersoundstudio#recordingexpert#mixingexpert#ribbonmicrophone#rcaku3a#rcami10001#vintagemicrophone#analog#vintagerecording#recordingstudio#recordingengineer#recordingtools#audiophile#audioengineer#musicengineer#musicproducer#acousticmusic#rockmusic#countrymusic#jazzmusic#indierock#edm#classicalmusic#rcamicrophone#musicmixer#mixingengineer
How cool is this thing? My wife’s dad gave it to her as a gift. It’s a Heil mic, made to celebrate Bob Heil’s induction into the Rock & Roll hall of fame, they only made 500 of these things and that’s it! They’re quite collectible, also, super rad looking!
I used to hate audio engineering. But lately I’ve been realizing it’s just as creative a field as songwriting and production. One of my favorite things to do is chase down old sounds and vintage textures, this 1940’s RCA has been one of the best tools for me to explore that with. It’s a great reminder that even when thinking about the engineering always be intentional, and always be creative in trying to get something special to come out of the speakers.
2 2839:55 PM Feb 11, 2018
To the left is a vintage RCA 77B microphone. The 77-B was much smaller than previous RCA designs thanks to the improvements made in the magnetic materials used for the large permanent magnets required by all ribbon microphone designs. To the Right is an RCA 77 DX, which has a bigger physical profile than the 77 B (which is smaller in size). Here is where it gets interesting: depending on the condition of each microphone and the condition of the ribbon, this will have a much bigger difference in the sound than the actual differences between a 77 B and a 77 DX. And just like any microphone comparison, you need to take into context what the sound source will sound like in front of each mic. I do three basic tests in order to determine the basic character of sound of a mic: A polarity test (to check absolute polarity), A key test (to check the transient response) and a voice text (Reading the same text on all mics being compared). All these tests will yield the basic differences in both tonality and frequency response of a mic. Using a neutral mic preamp that has enough clean gain to truly evaluate each mic without sonic interferance will further expose each microphone. Compare, evaluate and discern the differences, integral ingredients for an awe inspiring end result. Special thanks to my good friend @rafasardina for bringing these jewels to the studio. #watersoundstudio#carloscastro#rca77b#rca77dx#vintagemicrophone#ribbonmicrophone#rcamicrophone#recordingengineer#recordingstudio#musicengineer#musicproducer#mixengineer#recordingexpert#mixingexpert#gearslutz#gearporn#countrymusic#rockmusic#indierock#edm#edmmusic#jazzmusic#acousticmusic#bluegrassmusic
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