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Shure, 330 Ribbon Mic... any good uses?

Discussion in 'Microphones' started by dbeng@bellsouth.net, Jul 11, 2001.

  1. I purchased it among other things at a studio sale years ago and forgot about having it. I've never heard anyone talk about using one so I'm guessing its probably junk?

    Anyone got any suggestions.
  2. Bear's Gone Fission

    Bear's Gone Fission Active Member

    Jan 4, 2001
    I have one. Mine needs a new ribbon, I'm sure, pretty tired and fatigued sounding. To be fair, I haven't put it to use with an appropriate preamp yet. I've heard that in good shape they have lot's of high detail along with a fair amount of noise (check on the later). Scott Dorsey says swapping out the transformer for one from a Beyer mic improves the noise as well as a bit of the sound, I believe. I've been meaning to do this and send it to Stephen Sank for reribboning.

    Oh, I believe this is the one they refer to as the Johnny Carson mic, since it was his desk mic.

  3. DanKennedy

    DanKennedy Guest

    I've got one, it works fine.

    I live 5 miles from the acknowledged expert
    in the field of re-ribonning these things and
    ain't seen fit to have him do anything about
    it yet.

    I wouldn't go out of my way if I were you. They are noisy, sorta flat, sorta OK, pretty
    much generic middle 1960's mics. I have an
    EV 664 too. So? I gave away two 666's in trade for a 421. I use the 421, the 666's were what I remembered from elemtary
    school as being the $*^t. George Bensen notwithstanding.

    Most old mics are just old mics. Cool looking
    but pretty much junk.

    I've got a small pile of old EV's, Shure's
    and Turner's that are not much more than
    neat old chrome or nickel plated paperweights.

    Just 'cause their old don't mean their any
    damn good.

    Look at me fer example...
  4. audiowkstation

    audiowkstation Active Member

    Jun 29, 2001

    I guess my old ear curve where nothing ever hurts and the bass moves your chest and clear bass air...is totally extinct. I love the floting image where complex mixes (50 or more channels) are clearly audible all the time...

    Guess I need to joint the Britney club and lock 2.7 KHZ and 12K down at a +15dB for the "right sound" (and 7000:1 compression)

    LOL again...that is a good one Dave..

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