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Posts by Michael

Chinese ribbon microphone buyer’s guide

There are dozens of inexpensive made-in-China ribbon mics on the market from nearly as many sellers. But if you lift the hood on all those mics you’ll see there are only three basic designs underneath — and within each motor type, all the mics will sound nearly the same. Here’s your shopping guide for Chinese ribbon mics.

Posted:Saturday, November 1st, 2008
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Oktava MK-012 Capsule Review

One of the best-known hybrid mics on the market, the Oktava MK-012 FET condenser body will accommodate a dozen different small- and large-diaphragm capsules. Here is a visual inventory and applications guide to the Lomo, Blue, and Oktava capsules for this ubiquitous pencil mic.

Posted:Thursday, July 17th, 2008
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