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Trying To Identify Vintage Compressor

Postby JT2 » Fri Jan 17, 2020 9:16 pm

Thank you for looking. I was given a Vega 212 Soundservo from a friend who worked with bands years ago. I would love to use it but can't find anything on line about it.
Anyone have info on these? Thank you.
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Re: Trying To Identify Vintage Compressor

Postby The Elf » Fri Jan 17, 2020 11:21 pm

Curious why you didn't find this - it came up on my first search. Page 99:
https://www.americanradiohistory.com/Archive-Audio/60s/Audio-1966-08.pdf
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Re: Trying To Identify Vintage Compressor

Postby Zukan » Sat Jan 18, 2020 11:00 am

The Elf wrote:Curious why you didn't find this - it came up on my first search. Page 99:
https://www.americanradiohistory.com/Archive-Audio/60s/Audio-1966-08.pdf

I want that 'microphone with backbone'. I believe it will make me popular.
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Re: Trying To Identify Vintage Compressor

Postby Martin Walker » Sat Jan 18, 2020 2:19 pm

Zukan wrote:I want that 'microphone with backbone'. I believe it will make me popular.

I'm sure it will Zuke, but to save everyone else having to download that PDF to find out what you mean, here's the image of the rather tantalisingly lovely Electrovoice 674/676 in question 8-)

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Re: Trying To Identify Vintage Compressor

Postby The Elf » Sat Jan 18, 2020 2:45 pm

In a second hit I found my ancient EV635A (the 'Buchanan Hammer') being advertised as a new model. That made me chuckle! :lol:
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Re: Trying To Identify Vintage Compressor

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Sat Jan 18, 2020 4:18 pm

The original 'stick mic' beloved of news sound recordists the world over! I always had one in my 'glad bag' back in the day, along with a T-powered MKH416 (and an 816 back in the car) and a quartet of enormous ECM50 tie-clip mics. The 635a was great for vox pops and pieces to camera, but was also a get-out-of-jail mic for almost any emergency situation.
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Re: Trying To Identify Vintage Compressor

Postby MOF » Sat Jan 18, 2020 4:29 pm

I don’t recognise the EV 674/676, my hand held dynamic is the RE50, it looks a lot less intimidating. Those mic’s look more like something from NASA’s space program or a piece of dentist equipment to me. :D
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Re: Trying To Identify Vintage Compressor

Postby The Elf » Sat Jan 18, 2020 4:32 pm

The 635A is one of my 'throw the dice' mic's. I've had some gorgeous vocal recordings from it. It thins a vocal out, and sometimes that's just what you need. I often throw it near a drum kit to see what it captures. It can also be really good on solo violin. It's a mic you can get in very close with.

It's always worth experimenting with mic's of all types and prices - sometimes the ideosyncrasies can find you something special.
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