Coles 4038 Ribbon Microphone

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5/5 on October 24, 2017

User's rating

As used by the Beatles, BBC. These babies sound soooooo fat on drums, you will need to roll off some bottom end! Stick one over the kit about 3 feet above the snare, about an inch higher than the drummers high stick point, add some compression and you will be in heaven. Very natural sounding. Cymbals will sound silky. The snare will sound like it has depth and the kit will sound like you are right next to it. Add a touch of 12k and roll off some bottom end and you are cruisin! Next, try in front of any Electric guitar cab/amp and be equally impressed. Put in front of a vox and capture the size, but trim off some of the annoying edge. Smooth wide frequency response that handles high-end transients without harshness. Classic figure-eight pattern with proximity boost.Excellent off-axis frequency response for superior stereo imaging. Good shock and wind resistance with a long-life ribbon element.

The Coles 4038 Studio Ribbon Microphone is a British Broadcasting (BBC) design for broadcasting and recording applications. It is used where a clear smooth wide range frequency response, absence of transient distortion and relatively high sensitivity is essential.

The 4038 is a proven performer, and is in use around the world by broadcasting networks such as the BBC as well as top engineers and studios on hit recordings.

Frequency response of the 4038 is exceptionally flat from 30 to 20,000 Hz and throughout this range the shape of the bi-directional (figure of eight) polar response is maintained substantially constant both in the horizontal and vertical planes, giving a natural sonic quality with smooth frequency response.

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