inexpensive mic mod

Discussion in 'Recording' started by aracu, Nov 26, 2007.

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  1. aracu

    aracu Active Member

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    I've been messing around with trying to use Sennheiser 800 mics to record a prepared santur up very close. The cardioid pattern sounds interesting with these mics but the overall sound quality is too hyped up for this application. So what I ended up doing was to use the bass and sensitivity pads on the mics attenuated 12 db, but also wrapping the grills in layers of cotten fabric, untill they sounded like very different microphones, smooth and dark sounding, more "natural" sounding than using EQ to roll off the higher frequencies.
     
  2. Thomas W. Bethel

    Thomas W. Bethel Distinguished Member

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    Whatever works.

    It is the "sound" that you are look for and if you have to mod a microphone to get that sound (and it does not involve sawing, cutting or blow torches <GRIN>) I think anything is valid.

    Best of luck! :wink:
     
  3. ptr

    ptr Active Member

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    a couple of years ago I recorded a blow torch for a electro acoustical project... fortunately I opted for a pair of budget Studio Projects B1 mikes because the composer, who was wielding the torch, set the mikes on fire... He was delighted when he heard the result, and gladly paid for replacement mikes... :shock: :lol:

    /ptr
     
  4. moonbaby

    moonbaby Mmmmmm Well-Known Member

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    Imagine how they'd have gone up if they had cloth wrapped around their screen...can you say "tikki torches"?
     
  5. aracu

    aracu Active Member

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    I will try it and see if it improves the sound.
     
  6. Halifaxsoundguy

    Halifaxsoundguy Active Member

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    I want to sample my barber as he has a great rhythm with his scissors.
     
  7. VonRocK

    VonRocK Active Member

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    I didn't think sound guys had barbers.
     

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