schoeps cmbi

Discussion in 'Live Sound' started by cherrycore, Sep 8, 2006.

  1. cherrycore

    cherrycore Guest

    A warm hello from the cold north germany to you all.
    My name is Jakob and I'm a sound-engineer, working mostly indoors. Lately -quite suddenly actually- I seem to come across more and more nice and interesting sounds in my surrounding that I feel like using in my work, -and of course always when they cross my way, there's no way to record them. I figured a simple highly directive, good sounding and extremely small rig would be useful since -first- I'm mostly carrying some sort of backpack on my backpacking back anyway and -second- I could impress a good friend of mine, an old journalist who wishes the good old days to come back, when they were sent out in the field with tape NAGRAS instead of first generation minidisc recorders. Now a shotgun is far from small, requires phantom power and since I'm working with some Schoeps mk capsules indoors anyway and a mk41 is missing I could drink two beers with one straw by getting myself the cmbi preamp with that nice little capsule and the tiny sony md recorder that does linear pcm which I've got as a birthday gift would finally get a chance to prove some sense in its existance. MD recorder plus microphone, -can it get any smaller?
    Now, does anyone have some experience with that cmbi thing? I guess there's less headroom, maybe more noise than with the normal cmc due to the lower voltage at the capsule? Any other drawbacks? Schoeps also doesn't provide any info on its frequency range.

    Many Thanks in advance

  2. Zilla

    Zilla Active Member

    Mar 29, 2005
    WY / CA
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    For the same price you can get one of these...

    You only have to carry one device and no moving parts.
  3. cherrycore

    cherrycore Guest

    Thank you.

    How about the Schoeps?

  4. TeddyBullard

    TeddyBullard Guest

    I would go for the schoeps mtsc64 instead..what i heard of the CMBI..well..I wasnt impressed.
  5. ghellquist

    ghellquist Guest

    Be warned about the MicroTrack though. It outputs a non-standard 30V of phantom power. Schoeps specifilly warns that the CMC6 is made to take EITHER 12V or 48V. They give no hint on what would happen at 30V.

  6. MasonMedia

    MasonMedia Guest

    Also, I find it interesting that the MicroTrack's battery is not user replaceable. After 90 day warranty, it costs $75 to have new battery installed by M-Audio.
  7. cherrycore

    cherrycore Guest

    Thanks for the replys so far. One thing: the Micrptrock is out of the game anyway, so there's no point elaborating on that. I already have a tiny MD-Recorder which records in 16bit 41kHz uncompressed pcm. It's preamps are MUCH quieter than those of the microtrack, it's not made of plastic, the storage medium is cheap and replacable and it's smaller with a replacable battery. I don't think you undrerstood my question:


    @Teddy: look, I want to use a mk41 on the cmbi. Does that not give you the slightest hint of what I want to record? What's the point in an ortf-solution for me when I want it to be SMALL, and HIGHLY DIRECTIVE?

    @quellquist: the cmbi -that's my humble hope- would solve all the phantom power issues. That is actually the reason why I am posting here and asking for your kind advice.

    If someone could only tell me about the CMBI and if it's worth buying, I'd be very thankful. The only alternative for me would be a cmc6 with a sound-devices mp-1 preamp or phantom power adapter but compared to the CMBI solution there's drawbacks regarding size, weight, simplicity, battery-life, -remember, this is for something I want to carry with me all the time, like a pen. The cmbi runs on battery for80 hours!

    So, I hope there is someone out there who can actually answer my question after all.
  8. TeddyBullard

    TeddyBullard Guest

    .it sounds like you have it figured out already, what do you want to know? cmbi is convenient and portable, and the mk41 is highly directional..the minidisc is small, and the whole lot runs on go for it...does it sound like its CMC6 cousin?? to me, no. but in the capacity you are using it, I dont think youll lack for anything.

    check the google/yahoo group. Youll find more answers about cmbi experience there. and Some friendly advice: dont be so snarky with people that offer you help.

  9. cherrycore

    cherrycore Guest

    Some friendly advice to you Teddy: please try to read and understand the question before offering your friendly advice. The title of this thread would be enough. It's o.k. not to know an answer, but what's the point in posting it?

    Anyway, obviously I cannot get any help here.

    thanx, I'm off
  10. Sonarerec

    Sonarerec Guest

    Why not ring up the factory and ask?


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