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Old July 8th, 2013, 09:42 AM   #1
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AT4080 ribbon mic - Bang A Gong!

Hi,

Here's a link to a blog article I have running about using AT4080 ribbon mics for Blumlein recording.

Ty Ford Audio and Video: The Audio-Technica High Sensitivity AT 4080 Ribbon Mic

I just had Yoga Master Joe Roberson in to record one of his gongs. Gongs are not easy to record, but the AT4080 did a very good job. There's a link to SoundCloud so you can hear the results. Listen to how quiet the noise floor is at the beginning. These AT4080 are as sensitive as an AKG C414.

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Old July 8th, 2013, 11:35 AM   #2
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Re: AT4080 ribbon mic - Bang A Gong!

Thank you Ty! That was very informative! I've always wondered about Ribbon mics. The Blumlein Stereo recordings sound fantastic. What equipment did you use in the audio chain?
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Old July 8th, 2013, 11:57 AM   #3
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Re: AT4080 ribbon mic - Bang A Gong!

Hi Michael,

Thanks! As I try to make plain, the AT4080 are NOT like regular ribbon mics.

- The are as sensitive as a condenser mic
- They have more hf response.
- The magnets are stronger
- The ribbons are longer
- There's an onboard amp chip that's powered by Phantom Power.

I used two AT4080 mics positioned in Blumlein, into two channels of GML mic pre, into an RME ADI-8 DS A/D converter and optically into Pro Tools. 24-bit, 44.1kHz.

I used a bit of compression and limiting on the stereo mix bus and I think on "Living Will" I added a touch of 10kHz shelf and two stereo reverbs.

I added stereo reverbs on the gong.

My point being that these mics really do a nice job on lots of stuff. I have a flautist coming in today to record a bit with this rig and will add that to the story.\

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