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All you ever wanted to know about ribbon microphones but were afraid to ask...

Postby blinddrew » Tue May 04, 2021 9:29 pm

This month on the SOS podcast I had the pleasure of catching up with Stewart Tavener of Xaudia and Extinct Audio to talk about all things ribbon microphones and how you sort-of-accidentally become an expert in your field.
https://www.soundonsound.com/people/ext ... er-podcast or all the usual podcast platforms. :)
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Re: All you ever wanted to know about ribbon microphones but were afraid to ask...

Postby Martin Walker » Tue May 04, 2021 10:31 pm

Bravo Monsieur Drew - your lightning-fast reactions yet thoughtful delving into the details that we all want to hear is exemplary :clap:

A great and informative listen!


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Postby blinddrew » Tue May 04, 2021 10:45 pm

I promise you anything that sounds like quick thinking on my part is almost certainly an edit! ;)
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Re: All you ever wanted to know about ribbon microphones but were afraid to ask...

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Wed May 05, 2021 7:12 am

Interesting conversation -- nice one Drew. :clap:
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Postby Zukan » Wed May 05, 2021 8:12 am

Nice 1 buddy!
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Re: All you ever wanted to know about ribbon microphones but were afraid to ask...

Postby blinddrew » Wed May 05, 2021 9:26 am

Thanks gents, Stewart is a very interesting chap and a very handy recording engineer to boot. :)
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Postby Mixedup » Wed May 05, 2021 10:29 am

Good work. Which reminds me I have ribbon mics that need repairing...
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Postby awjoe » Thu May 06, 2021 3:59 am

Good one, Drew. When I become famous, will you interview me? Or only if I become *rich* and famous?
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Postby blinddrew » Thu May 06, 2021 10:58 am

I only interview people with 5000 tiktok followers. ;)
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Re: All you ever wanted to know about ribbon microphones but were afraid to ask...

Postby Wonks » Thu May 06, 2021 12:59 pm

Why didn't you ask him the important stuff, like what's his favourite colour and what football team he supports?

And did you record the podcast on a ribbon microphone?
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Postby Folderol » Thu May 06, 2021 1:26 pm

I finally got time to listen to this. A very interesting podcast indeed it is too :thumbup:
Oh, and I absolutely get Stewart wanting to build his own capsules if he was to add that to the portfolio.
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Postby awjoe » Thu May 06, 2021 1:28 pm

Yes. *And* he remembered to use a pop filter.
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Postby MOF » Thu May 06, 2021 2:03 pm

And did you record the podcast on a ribbon microphone?

You obviously don’t have golden ears, if you did you wouldn’t need to ask the question, in fact you’d be able to say which mic’ it was. :lol:
I don’t have golden ears either. Interesting podcast, as was the spatial sound one that Hugh did a while back.
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Postby blinddrew » Thu May 06, 2021 2:12 pm

Wonks wrote:Why didn't you ask him the important stuff, like what's his favourite colour and what football team he supports?

And did you record the podcast on a ribbon microphone?
I'd be quite surprised if Stew could actually name a football team (other than Accrington Stanley because he's of that generation) but yes, Stew's part was recorded on ribbon mic, my bit was recorded on an Aston Stealth set to the ribbon mode. Just because I was curious... :)
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Re: All you ever wanted to know about ribbon microphones but were afraid to ask...

Postby Xaudia » Sat May 08, 2021 9:34 pm

:-)

for the record....

1. My home team as a boy was Preston North End, although I am really a cycling nut and not an avid soccer fan.

2. My mic was of course an Extinct Audio BM9 with a pop shield.

3. I am strangely drawn to orange things.

4. I'm not rich and I don't follow ticktock,, but I did insist on a bowl of green M&Ms and a box of kittens before being interviewed.

It was great to catch up with Drew - hopefully we can do that properly now the pubs are starting to open!

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