Bidirectional Ribbon Microphone
The ML-53 is a passive ribbon microphone with a dual-ribbon motor design. It is essentially identical to the ML-52 (aka ML-52-02), but with a redesigned and more-acoustically-transparent headbasket and grille shape.
The vertical bars surrounding the grille on the ML-52 can cause reflections within the microphone’s headbasket. Further, this construction is susceptible to mechanical resonances and ringing.
The ML-53 (like both models of the ML-52) utilizes a dual-ribbon motor, in which two corrugated strips of 2.5-micron aluminum are suspended side-by-side and wired into a single transformer-coupled output circuit.
Factory-matched pairs, for Blumlein stereo recording, are also available.
In September, 2009, Oktava retailer Oktava-Online began offering the ML-53-L, which swaps the stock transformer of ML-53 with a Lundahl LL2912 transformer.
The Oktava ML-53 is also known as: ML53, ML-53-L.
The mic was released in 2004.
|Frequency Response - BidirectionalClick Graph to Compare!|
|Pickup Patterns||Pads & Filters|
(1.6 mV/Pa; 40 - 18,000 Hz)
|dual 2.5-micron, 50mm aluminum ribbons||300 Ohms (Low)||Max SPL: 135 dB
|600g (21.16oz)||205mm (8.07'')||52mm (2.05'')||
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