Hugh Robjohns wrote:John Egan wrote:A lot of bands did use ribbon mikes. Among semi-pro bands, the Reslos were very popular and probably outnumbered anything else.
Ah yes... the Reslo! You're quite right, of course, from the historical perspective...
I was thinking more of trying to use the various modern Ribbon mic options, in an effort to create a vintage stage look.
I'll ignore the Beyer ribbon mics (which look more like conventional dynamic stage mics). Most (although certainly not all) of the current 'vintage style' ribbons tend don't lend themselves well to on-stage vocals IMHO. They typically lack adequate plosive or wind-proofing for close-up use, and tend to have heavy proximity effects, so get very bassy very quickly.
Also, the pickup lobe of a ribbon is inherently quite narrow, so trying to get several people to share the mic means having to get pretty cosy... Moreover, if going for a more distant mic placement approach which is inherent if you want people to share mics -- the rear lobe becomes problematic with stage monitoring and reduces the gain-before-feedback margin on the FOH system too.
In contrast, the vintage Reslo was well protected from blasting and had an early bass roll-off which supported close-in use. It also had quite a prominent presence peak around 4kHz which helped it cut through on the PA speakers of the day.
I know Xaudia refurbish old Reslos, and also perform a number of alterations developed by the BBC (for better performance at distant placements) to improve their suitability for quality recording (flattening the HF and LF responses at the expense of the wind/blast-proofing).
That's very interesting, Hugh. We just regarded Reslos as cheap and not particularly cheerful. Ribbon mikes (or at least my M260) certainly didn't seem to find much favour with vocalists with strong bassy voices. My voice was quite light, so it suited me pretty well - much better that most of the then current offerings.
I cant remember what mode or spec the Sure mic of the day was. It was an end-address pencil jobby.