My 1976 OLDS Recording is a beautiful sounding Horn; not too bright or shrill. Recording for a Sydney artist's upcoming release and have opted for the OPR Ultra-Mod Rocket Ribbon as the microphone. Running through one of my AVALON 737SP modified valve units (on High Gain of course!) the tone is thick and moody but still with an upper presence. A little boost at 1.2k and another at 10k and the sound was there. A touch of compression. DONE!
Tomorrow during student practical exercises in our NEVE studio @ RMIT Sound Production we are setting up a comparative recording of Drums with various Ribbon microphones. Results from this will be analysed back at ToKwerX and I'll post the findings and outcomes very soon. Thanx to Mark from OPR for providing "the Grill U-Mod" for this session. The session will include the following "Velocity Transducers:"
ROYER R121 | AudioTechnica AT4080 | SE Voodoo | OPR Rocket U-Mod | OPR the Grill U-Mod
Open Plan Recording is a Melbourne-based Microphone boutique service run by Mark Chierego. I've used the standard 'Rocket" ribbon before with excellent results on an electric guitar amp achieving a classic and slightly gnarly blues tone. Looking for something with an extended frequency response had me researching ribbons from everywhere, including the vintage brands - but I came back 'home' to OPR and Mark's wonderful modifications to these affordable mic's. You'll get to hear this beauty on some vocals, muted trumpet and ambient drums in the near future. Want to achieve the classic ribbon tones and have both modern components and excellent service? Head to OPR.