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SOS : what is this mic?

PostPosted: Wed Oct 07, 2020 3:44 pm
by gudfhr9918
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what is this mic beyonce have used .. ? help..
beyonce's photo .. please hurry

Re: SOS : what is this mic?

PostPosted: Wed Oct 07, 2020 4:09 pm
by Hugh Robjohns
It's the D33 (or possibly D22) model from a long defunct manufacturer called American Microphones It's an omnidirectional dynamic mic dating from the late 1940s, and was one of the first mics to use Canon's XL connectors -- with the latch but before they introduced the rubber inserts!

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Re: SOS : what is this mic?

PostPosted: Wed Oct 07, 2020 4:17 pm
by shufflebeat
What took you so long?

Re: SOS : what is this mic?

PostPosted: Wed Oct 07, 2020 4:20 pm
by Hugh Robjohns
Sorry... busy day writing a review of an AVB interface! :lol: I'll try and speed things up next time Sir... sorry Sir... Won't happen again Sir... :D

The shape of that vintage mic is so distinctive! I remembered it was a D33 but couldn't remember the manufacturer so had to use Mr Google to confirm and find the pics....

If the gold was too flashy, they also made them in a supposedly 'non-reflective black' for TV use... although it looks more like brushed steel to me!

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Re: SOS : what is this mic?

PostPosted: Thu Oct 08, 2020 1:13 pm
by Hugh Robjohns
gudfhr9918 wrote:what is this mic beyonce have used .. ? help..
beyonce's photo .. please hurry

Not in such a hurry to voice appreciation then... ;) :lol:

Re: SOS : what is this mic?

PostPosted: Thu Oct 08, 2020 1:30 pm
by ManFromGlass
Well I’ll say thanks because it’s a mic I haven’t seen before. I noticed the spec on the 22 goes up to 8k. I assume that is on purpose making it, what? A good mic for broadcasters? Or singers who only produce limited overtones? (Sorry bad joke!)

Re: SOS : what is this mic?

PostPosted: Thu Oct 08, 2020 1:45 pm
by Eddy Deegan
Hugh Robjohns wrote:
gudfhr9918 wrote:what is this mic beyonce have used .. ? help..
beyonce's photo .. please hurry

Not in such a hurry to voice appreciation then... ;) :lol:

Nor, it would seem, particularly in a hurry to find out if anyone had answered. At the time of writing the OP hasn't visited since the post was made.

:headbang:

Re: SOS : what is this mic?

PostPosted: Thu Oct 08, 2020 1:49 pm
by ManFromGlass
Well Beyoncé photos can be distracting
: :mrgreen:

Re: SOS : what is this mic?

PostPosted: Thu Oct 08, 2020 2:38 pm
by zenguitar
I approved the post reluctantly, had a nagging feeling that it was made to promote the link. But as the question has been answered, there's no need for the link and I see that it isn't there anymore.

Andy :beamup:

Re: SOS : what is this mic?

PostPosted: Thu Oct 08, 2020 2:51 pm
by Hugh Robjohns
ManFromGlass wrote:I noticed the spec on the 22 goes up to 8k. I assume that is on purpose making it, what? A good mic for broadcasters? Or singers who only produce limited overtones? (Sorry bad joke!)

ha ha! :lol: No... it was just a lower quality moving coil element.

Re: SOS : what is this mic?

PostPosted: Thu Oct 08, 2020 2:52 pm
by Hugh Robjohns
Eddy Deegan wrote:Nor, it would seem, particularly in a hurry to find out if anyone had answered. At the time of writing the OP hasn't visited since the post was made.

Yes, I saw that too. Presumably he/she found the answer themselves of from some other site. The Google tells me that similar questions have been asked elsewhere.

Re: SOS : what is this mic?

PostPosted: Thu Oct 08, 2020 2:53 pm
by Hugh Robjohns
zenguitar wrote:I approved the post reluctantly, had a nagging feeling that it was made to promote the link. But as the question has been answered, there's no need for the link and I see that it isn't there anymore.

I had the same nagging feeling... so I replaced the link with the specific picture! T'was me!

Re: SOS : what is this mic?

PostPosted: Fri Oct 09, 2020 12:07 pm
by ManFromGlass
Slightly off topic - some of the early mics almost look like works of art. Would you think these days due to the available science, that mic design now is dictated mostly by the science?

Re: SOS : what is this mic?

PostPosted: Fri Oct 09, 2020 12:44 pm
by Luke W
ManFromGlass wrote:Would you think these days due to the available science, that mic design now is dictated mostly by the science?

I'd imagine that what the average user thinks a mic should look like and what shapes are easy/cheap to manufacture are probably fairly big influences. Something that is technically excellent but looks a bit odd and costs a lot to produce would probably lose out in a lot of cases to something average that looks like a U87.

But that's just my (uninformed) thought, I may well be very wrong.

Re: SOS : what is this mic?

PostPosted: Fri Oct 09, 2020 12:54 pm
by Hugh Robjohns
From what I've seen and heard, I'm certain that some boutique mic manufacturers out there have never read a science book at all. :lol: And there are a few companies that are deliberately making some pretty wacky ..sorry, arty-looking... microphones.

But the 50s was a special period in history. The post-War jubilation combined with an explosion in science and materials, and especially the rocket and atomic developments... It's hardly surprising that everything ended up looking like some part of a rocket back then!