Top 10 Ribbon Microphones
for April 2021

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sE Electronics X1R Passive Ribbon Microphone

sE Electronics X1R Passive Ribbon Microphone

by sE Electronics
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Product Features

  • Type: Passive Element: 2AfasA,Am aluminum ribbon Frequency Response: 2Hz - 16kHz AfasA,A+/-1dB Sensitivity: -55.3dB 1V/Pa AfasA,A+/-1dB Directional pattern: Figure of 8 Impedance: ?2 ohm Connector: 3-pin XLR Max SPL: 135dB Weight: .5kg

Type: passive element: 2afasa,am aluminum ribbon frequency response: 2hz - 16khz afasa,a+/-1db sensitivity: -55.3db 1v/pa afasa,a+/-1db directional pattern: figure of 8 impedance: ?2 ohm connector: 3-pin xlr max spl: 135db weight: .5kg

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Royer R-10 Ribbon Microphone

Royer Corporation Royer R-10 Ribbon Microphone

by Royer
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Product Features

  • Dynamic Ribbon Microphone with Figure-8 Polar Pattern

Dynamic ribbon microphone with figure-8 polar pattern

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Rode NTR Premium Active Ribbon Microphone

Rode NTR Premium Active Ribbon Microphone

by Rode
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Product Features

  • Custom designed and manufactured transformer
  • Highly sensitive 1.8 micron ribbon element
  • Internal Shock Mounting System
  • Bi-Directional Polar Pattern

Bi-directional polar pattern Internal shock mounting system Custom designed and manufactured transformer Highly sensitive 1.8 micron ribbon element

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Golden Age Project R1 Active MKIII Active Ribbon Microphone

Golden Age Project R1 Active MKIII Active Ribbon Microphone

by Golden Age Project
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Product Features

  • Removable microphone cable and padded case included
  • It raises the level and isolates the ribbon and gain make-up transformer from the outside world
  • Unmatched natural & musical sound of a classical ribbon microphone combined with the constent sound quality offered by addition of active electronics
  • The typical large and mellow ribbon sound quality with a very smooth top end and an extended low end
  • Switchable -10db pad and 100hz low cut filter

A bipolar/fet descrete low-noise amplifier with a low impedance transformer less output stage, powered by standard 48v phantom power Removable microphone cable and padded case included Switchable -10db pad and 100hz low cut filter Unmatched natural & musical sound of a classical ribbon microphone combined with the constent sound quality offered by addition of active electronics The typical large and mellow ribbon sound quality with a very smooth top end and an extended low end It raises the level and isolates the ribbon and gain make-up transformer from the outside world

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AEA R84A Ribbon Microphone

AEA R84A Ribbon Microphone

by AEA
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MXL R144 HE Heritage Edition Ribbon Microphone

MXL R144 HE Heritage Edition Ribbon Microphone

by MXL
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Product Features

  • High SPL capabilityideal for horns and electric guitars
  • Classic ribbon sound with a rich smooth midrange
  • Compact design that makes mic placement easy
  • Figure-8 polar pattern that naturally captures instruments and room sound
  • Great mic to broaden the tonal palette of your sound

Compact design that makes mic placement easy High spl capabilityideal for horns and electric guitars Great mic to broaden the tonal palette of your sound Figure-8 polar pattern that naturally captures instruments and room sound Classic ribbon sound with a rich smooth midrange

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MXL R144 Ribbon Microphone for Vocals, Brass, Horns, Acoustic and Electric Guitars Bundle with Blucoil Pop Filter Windscreen, 10-FT Balanced XLR Cable, and 5-Pack of Reusable Cable Ties

MXL R144 Ribbon Microphone for Vocals

Brass, Horns, Acoustic and Electric Guitars Bundle with Blucoil Pop Filter Windscreen, 10-FT Balanced XLR Cable, and 5-Pack of Reusable Cable Ties

by MXL
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Product Features

  • INCLUDES - MXL R144 Ribbon Microphone; Mic Shockmount; Microfiber Cleaning Cloth; Carry Case. Blucoil Audio Microphone Pop Filter Double Layer Mask Shield for Studio Recording and Broadcasting with Stand Clip Stabilization Arm, Swivel Mount. Blucoil 10-Foot Balanced XLR Cable - Premium Series 3-Pin Cable for Microphones, Speakers, and Pro Devices (Male-to-Female). Blucoil 5-Pack of Reusable Velcro Cable Ties.
  • DELIVERS SMOOTH MIDRANGE WITH NATURAL CHARACTERISTICS - The MXL R144 Microphone is equipped with 1.8-micron 47mm aluminum ribbon capsule. It offers the classic ribbon sound with rich mids and rolled-off top end.
  • SAFELY HANDLES LOUD SOURCES - R144 is equipped with high 130dB SPL handling so you can use this ribbon microphone for loud instruments such as horns and electric guitars.
  • OFFERS REDUCED RUMBLES - The included microphone shockmount prevents unwanted vibration and rumbles to pass through from the mic stand into MXL R144.
  • CAPTURES MORE ROOM SOUND - The figure-8 polar pattern of R144 picks up your vocals, guitars, brass, and room sound. This gives your recording that warm, silky characteristic.

Safely handles loud sources - r144 is equipped with high 130db spl handling so you can use this ribbon microphone for loud instruments such as horns and electric guitars. Includes - MXL r144 ribbon microphone; mic shockmount; microfiber cleaning cloth; carry case. blucoil audio microphone pop filter double layer mask shield for studio recording and broadcasting with stand clip stabilization arm, swivel mount. blucoil 10-foot balanced xlr cable - premium series 3-pin cable for microphones, speakers, and pro devices (male-to-female). blucoil 5-pack of reusable velcro cable ties. Offers reduced rumbles - the included microphone shockmount prevents unwanted vibration and rumbles to pass through from the mic stand into MXL r144. Delivers smooth midrange with natural characteristics - the MXL r144 microphone is equipped with 1.8-micron 47mm aluminum ribbon capsule. it offers the classic ribbon sound with rich mids and rolled-off top end. Captures more room sound - the figure-8 polar pattern of r144 picks up your vocals, guitars, brass, and room sound. this gives your recording that warm, silky characteristic.

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Nady RSM-5 Ribbon Microphone - Unique compact shape perfect for close miking, includes microphone clip and soft cloth pouch

Nady RSM-5 Ribbon Microphone

Unique compact shape perfect for close miking, includes microphone clip and soft cloth pouch

by NADY
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Product Features

  • Supplied with a microphone clip and leather pouch
  • Low-tension 45mm long, 2-micron thick aluminum ribbon design with rich, warm, classic ribbon microphone sound characteristics and realism with fast, accurate transient response.
  • Unique compact shape for easy, unobtrusive microphone placement perfect for close-miking guitar amps, cabinets, brass instruments, strings, pianos, percussion, vocals, room ambience and more
  • >135 dB SPL capability

Supplied with a microphone clip and leather pouch Low-tension 45mm long, 2-micron thick aluminum ribbon design with rich, warm, classic ribbon microphone sound characteristics and realism with fast, accurate transient response. Unique compact shape for easy, unobtrusive microphone placement perfect for close-miking guitar amps, cabinets, brass instruments, strings, pianos, percussion, vocals, room ambience and more >135 db spl capability

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Shure 55SH Series II Iconic Unidyne Dynamic Vocal Microphone

Shure 55SH Series II Iconic Unidyne Dynamic Vocal Microphone

by Shure Incorporated
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Product Features

  • Rugged die cast casing for reliability under rigorous conditions
  • Cardioid directional pattern for optimum performance in adverse acoustic environments
  • Frequency response tailored for speech, vocals and instrumental music
  • Classic appearance, modern performance
  • Shock-mounted cartridge minimizes stand-transmitted noise, ensures quiet operation

Frequency response tailored for speech, vocals and instrumental music Classic appearance, modern performance Self-tensioning swivel mount, permits tilting through 45 degrees forward and 80 degrees backward If you want to capture a classic look, you need the gear to match the genre. nothing completes the style quite like the 55sh series ii, a microphone that has been gripped by legends for decades. others may imitate, but none can duplicate the form and function standards shure has held from our first unidyne mic to our latest. Rugged die cast casing for reliability under rigorous conditions Cardioid directional pattern for optimum performance in adverse acoustic environments Shock-mounted cartridge minimizes stand-transmitted noise, ensures quiet operation

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Shure SM57-LC Cardioid Dynamic Microphone

Shure SM57-LC Cardioid Dynamic Microphone

by Shure Incorporated
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Product Features

  • Frequency response 40 to 15,000 Hz
  • Connectivity: Wired
  • Uniform cardioid pickup pattern isolates the main source while reducing background noise
  • Extremely durable under heaviest use
  • Professional-quality reproduction for drum, precussion, and instrument amplifier miking

Frequency response 40 to 15,000 hz Connectivity: wired Professional-quality reproduction for drum, precussion, and instrument amplifier miking Uniform cardioid pickup pattern isolates the main source while reducing background noise Contoured frequency response is clean, instrumental reproduction and rich vocal pickup Extremely durable under heaviest use

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