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Old May 22nd, 2009, 10:31 PM   #16
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does this mod do anything for handling noise??
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Old May 24th, 2009, 12:30 AM   #17
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No.... it only improves the electronics. Handling noise is unchanged. That said, I know this mic has some handling noise issues, but they are not unmanageable IMHO. Clean boom technique is all it needs. Now ... if you want to use a "painter's pole" boom coupled with cheap pole microphone mounting option, THAT may be an issue with this mic.

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Old June 19th, 2009, 04:39 AM   #18
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My modded MC-012 microphone arrived yesterday, it was delayed in customs, and I had a quick go with it last night. I must say that even with only a foam windshield on and waving it around on the shock mount I couldn't detect any handling noise at all. Maybe the newer versions don't suffer from it as much. I'm going to do some audio tests on it at the weekend and I'll post the recordings in case anyone wants to have a listen.
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Old June 21st, 2009, 08:57 AM   #19
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Are you guys modding also NEW Oktavas?

I thought new models were redesigned with the modification "built in"?

Is this Okatava modding fad just a carryover from the past?
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Old June 21st, 2009, 01:50 PM   #20
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Oktava has not incorporated the newer better components into their product last I knew and so yes, even brand new Oktavas (at least as of about a year ago anyway) can benefit from the mod.
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Old June 21st, 2009, 02:41 PM   #21
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Are you guys modding also NEW Oktavas?

I thought new models were redesigned with the modification "built in"?

Is this Okatava modding fad just a carryover from the past?
This site covers the different Oktava mics, different mods for both old and new mics, and more:
OktavaMod - Affordable Boutique Microphones
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Old June 23rd, 2009, 11:05 AM   #22
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To Petri:

Argh!

To Chris:

Phew!

That's good, I just had mine modded. Sounds pretty good too.
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Old June 29th, 2009, 07:44 AM   #23
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The mod work is all internal to microphone body, right? It touches neither the capsules nor the XLR connector?

My Oktava has a finicky XLR connector. Sometimes it's perfect the first time, other times it requires some wiggling to seat the XLR cable properly. It doesn't ever click into place; the Oktava just doesn't have that feature. While it's keyed, it's more of a notch in the connector housing.

Anyone else have this problem, or a resolution?
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Old June 29th, 2009, 03:15 PM   #24
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I find the Switchcraft connectors go in/on and latch easier on my 012s than Neutrik's... which I generally prefer.
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Old June 29th, 2009, 08:52 PM   #25
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Oktava has not incorporated the newer better components into their product last I knew and so yes, even brand new Oktavas (at least as of about a year ago anyway) can benefit from the mod.
I'm not sure that this is correct. There was a pretty extensive discussion about this on another forum.
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Old July 1st, 2009, 06:56 PM   #26
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I find the Switchcraft connectors go in/on and latch easier on my 012s than Neutrik's... which I generally prefer.
I have the same problem and the same solution. I use cables with Switchcraft connectors instead of Neutrik.
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Old July 3rd, 2009, 09:22 AM   #27
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Rick, Jonathan, thanks! I'll grab a different cable and see if it works.
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