Bidirectional Ribbon Microphone
The ShinyBox 46MX was a second-generation ribbon microphone from Jon Ulrigg. Like the original, it was a long-geometry passive ribbon mic.
The MX version of the microphone incorporated a hand-cut, crimped, and tuned ribbon, introducing a new level of consistency and fidelity to the microphone.
ShinyBox offered three version of the mic:
|ShinyBox 46MX||Stock (presumably Chinese) output transformer.||$250|
|ShinyBox 46MXC||Cinemag output transformer.||$400|
|ShinyBox 46MXL||Lundahl output transformer.||$400|
With a Cinemag output transformer… the frequency response of the microphone evens out, while extending the high- and low-frequency response. This leaves a very natural and detailed sounding ribbon microphone suitable for a wide range of applications.
With a Lundahl output transformer, the overall frequency response is extended (even more so than in the 46MXC), leaving a ribbon microphone that is very open, accurate, and quite breathtaking!
Recent 46MXC and 46MXL microphones incorporate ShinyBox’ latest developments in tailoring the ribbon element’s materials and construction to best complement the chosen output transformer.
All three models include an elastic shockmount, in addition to the canvas storage bag (critical for keeping the ribbon’s magnets free of “tramp iron”) and vertical-format flight case.
From a purely subjective viewpoint, the 46MX nails the vintage ribbon sound surprisingly well and, importantly, sounds far more expensive than it really is.
If you haven’t used ribbons before, it provides a great introduction to the unique character of this microphone family, and it can turn in surprisingly good results on a variety of sound sources…
I have to say that at this price, the 46MX is almost an impulse buy.
As of January, 2011, the 46MX has been discontinued, while the 46MXC and 46MXL remain available.
The Shinybox 46MX is also known as: 46MXL, 46MXC.
The mic was released in 2007.
|Pickup Patterns||Pads & Filters|
(30 - 18,000 Hz)
| Length: 50mm
||200 Ohms (Low)|
|n/a||185mm (7.28'')||69mm (2.72'')||
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