Microphone grill effects.

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by jm2, Dec 5, 2008.

  1. jm2

    jm2 Active Member

    Oct 13, 2008
    I have an EV 676 mic that has no grill. I just bought a second one (has not arrived) that also has no grill.

    There seems to be several layers between the business part (the correct term escapes me) and the screen, if the unit was complete. It would run fine mesh screen, very fine mesh cloth, cast part with large holes, foam insert, and finally outer screen. I am missing the last two.

    Assuming the mics are only used for instruments and not vocals, how much effect do these various parts have on the sound that is recorded?

    And does anyone here have experience or comments about this model?
  2. BrianaW

    BrianaW Active Member

    Jan 10, 2008
    New York
    Either oder a new part from the manufacturer, (this can usually be done... depending on the vintage of course) or just use it the way it is and be more careful. I actually prefer to remove the foam from my SM57's when micing snare... it sounds brighter. The foam serves as a pop filter and protects the diaphragm from dust and debris. I'm sure more people will comment here, but I just figured I'd throw my 2 cents in.

    Scroll down to "A Word About Parts" -

  3. jm2

    jm2 Active Member

    Oct 13, 2008
    Thanks for the link. I have a third 676 that is not working, and perhaps I can get it repaired there.
  4. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Member

    Sep 26, 2005
    A good old Electro-Voice workhorse with a great backbone. With these older dynamic microphones, that are not purchased together, you may quickly find that one sounds quite a bit different from the other. So in stereo applications, it might not quite be right? But if utilized on individual drums, guitar cabinets, etc.? You're going to like'em. And then baby makes three.

    Now, Electro-Voice I think is no longer in Buchanan Michigan? It's now owned by Robert Bosch of West Germany. These have been such reliable broadcast oriented staples, they may in fact have spare parts to this old model?

    Like the other poster indicated, a lot of these microphones work just great when you take off the protective capsule heads. As long as nothing touches the diaphragm, your good. For vocals, no can-do without proper protection. So remember, always put a condom on your microphone.

    My microphones should all be condomed for my erratic use.
    Ms. Remy Ann David
  5. jm2

    jm2 Active Member

    Oct 13, 2008
    Darn it. I bought the second one (known to be working) hoping to have a quasi-matched pair. Well, I will hold out the hope that the second mic will fatefully sound the same due to mere chance.

    Speaking of West Germany, I have a plan to use them for guitar tracks on my 2 X12 cabinet, with one mic on each speaker. It is an interesting very large ported cabinet that was given to me (decades ago) when a friend found it while working on a home demolition site. It was buried under a mass of debris in the garage.

    It is an Allsound, Made in West Germany, and equipped with very nice cast frame RCF speakers. After some TLC it was rendered operable, and sounds excellent. I have found practically no information on this obscure company.

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