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BOUTIQUE RIBBON MICROPHONES
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Here’s some new and magnificent tracks recorded by AJ Moore & Nick Rundall. using only OPR U-Mod Mics and a Shiny box ribbon.
Here what they had to say..:)
“Hi Mark, We’ve finally finished our album! I thought you might like to here the results as it’s been recorded entirely with ribbon mics (2x U-Mod Rockets, 2x U-Mod The Grills, and 2x Shinybox 46MXL). We are very pleased with the results!
Here at Open Plan Recording the ribbon microphones have been created with the goal of producing the ultimate “affordable” high performance ribbon microphones available today. This is all made possible with the use of our custom made toroidal transformers, handmade ribbon crafted from 1.8 um 99.9% pure aluminum, tuned to perfection here in Australia. At Open Plan Recording we have struck the ultimate balance between high end and budget as the most sonically important components remain “Boutique.” Our quality control ethic is achieved in a tight-knit environment.
The microphones are the result of extensive research and development to achieve the ultimate boutique quality ribbon microphone at an affordable price that can easily stand beside and exceed the performance of world-renowned classics.
(We also offer a stock version of these mic’s for the budget restricted that can be upgraded in the future should the user require.)
Ultimate mod Ribbon mics (U-MOD)
Featuring various acoustical modifications, point to point motor to transformer solid core wiring , O.P.R Australian made 1.8 micron 99.9% pure aluminium ribbon and perfectly matched custom made toroidal transformers.
This modern Classic figure 8 Long ribbon variable Path ribbon microphone with an extended smooth frequency response will make any source shine from drums,vocals, Piano, acoustic guitar this mic will reproduce with warmth and realism anything that you put in front of it!
Comes with shock mount and Aluminum fight case!
The Rocket” Stock “The Rocket” $279.00
The Grill This modern classic ribbon mic wich like the famous Royer 121 Is Based on the Bang and Olufsen BM5’s figure 8 Medium ribbon long path and tubular slotted body design resulting in a smooth warm sound with controlled proximity effect perfect for close micing Electric guitar cabinets ,Horns, Strings, Drums virtually anything where warm natural sound is required.
TAKE A LISTEN TO THE ULTIMATE MOD VS THE STOCK GRILL!
Here is a recording of “Magika” – by the “Moreland City Band” recorded using an asortment of O.P.R Microphones from stock to modded and an the Analog to digital conversion was a done with a Behringer Ada8000 Modded with the O.P.R Ultimate mod. Magika, by Jim Cuomo, performed by the Moreland City Band Phoenix Project at the Brunswick Bowls club. Scott Tinkler MD, Jason Chalmers Tenor Sax and Jim Cuomo Soprano Sax. http://www.openplanrecordingstudio.co.nr
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LISTEN TO THE FULL MOD MICS SIDE BY SIDE THE REVERED $1900.00 ROYER 121 !!! I ALSO PUT AN SM57 IN THE SHOOTOUT AS A POINT OF REFERENCE AS IT IS A MIC WE MOST ARE FAMILIAR WITH.
AUDIO FILES OF MODDED VS STOCK LOLLIPOP AND PILL!!
Pete Mitchell takes the Full mod Lollipop and The Pill for a test drive
SOME MUSIC FROM O.P.R USERS!
THIS IS WHAT USERS HAD TO SAY
ABOUT THESE MICS !!
I have had my modified Lollypop for several months now and I am delighted . I did some tests recently versus an Audio Technica AT4040 and a Rode NT1000 on voice, steel string, a fender stratocaster, a Les Paul and violin. On most instruments and voices it sounds significantly more attractive, more body, more overtones and more natural, but on strings it blows my other mics out of the water completely.
I highly recommend this mic. You won’t be disappointed.
The ribbon mic arrived safely a few days back. I must say it sounds stella. I gave it a quick test on a nylon stringguitar and was more than impressed.Yesterday a friend who is a remarkable recorder player (he has made an album with guitarist Doug Devries among other things) came by to check out some different mics and mic arrangements. Anyway we put up the following mics, a shoeps cmcmk4, Neumann M149, Neumann U89, an LD Audio technica (not sure on the model), a Milab DC96, and your ribbon. Guess what your ribbon came out pretty much on top for that application. Mind you I had the ribbon going through a Forsell SMP-2 fet preamp which has a special phantomless channel with no capacitors in the signal path for ribbons, most of the others were going through a focusrite ISA828. But still regardless I think it’s a winner. Actually after my very first listen I was tempted to order another immediately, so if you have another there I would like to make a pair.
Hope you have another available. I still wouldn’t mind doing a shootout with my friends ribbons though, maybe I can move that forward.
The Mics sound great! Tip top indeed!
I am really enjoying the mics and their flexibility. Thanks again Mark. Speak soon. John.
I’ve had good results using the Boof Head with the David Bowie vocal recording technique …
Close miked condenser [un-gated] with a distant ribbon room mic [gated] where the gate only opens past a set volume level to achieve a burst of ambient room sound for strong passages …
As well as an acoustic guitar mic where it works really well.
I hav a pair if Mark’s ‘lollypop’ ribbons, with all the mods (2.1(?) micron ribbons ATM, thinking of changing to the 1.8 though). They are killer, I’ve used em on my 147 leslie, guitar amps, drums (room mics) an as room mics for whole band recordings and am always pleased with the result.
On the leslie I have been recording mono with 1 mic on the horn and one on the bass rotor, no compression and no EQ sounds just like the leslie, V Happy.
Thinking of getting a pair of the ‘Pill’ mics as well!
There really is no question as to whether you should buy ’em, they’re exceptionally good value for money, and my pair have become indispensable in our studio and are THE go-to mic in many situations.
Utopia studios Moorabin
Hi all, I purchased one of Marks ribbon mics about a week ago. Tried it on acoustic guitars nylon and steel string and was very impressed. It sounds very smooth. I put it through my UA610 valve pre and also a focusrite pre which has switchable impedance settings suitable for ribbons and it sounded great but it also sounded good with my Yamaha n12 interface pre’s. Tried also Mid-side set up with my Neumann capacitor mic and the results are just as good. Was very surprised also with vocals, almost a creamy sound. This is my first ribbon mic and i know you can spend thousands on Royer’s and Coles etc but for what it cost (a fraction of the others mentioned) i am extremely happy. I would like to hire a high end ribbon mic for a day to do a comparison, i think sing sing might do it? frets
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