Saturday, July 15, 2006
TEA\Nanoribbon Ribbon Microphone
This Transducer Engineering Assocates TEA/Ribbon-ONE (also TEA/Nanoribbon) is a unique "mule" and the first of our mics to use a motor unit with some attention to voicing, or tuning, of the timbre, of the mic. Though rudimentary, the use of 1/4 wavelength matching principles (as a series matching sections) to tilt the response for higher voice articulation, is patterned directly from the response curve of the Shure SM57.
Of course this is a ribbon mic, so it doesn't sound at all like an SM57, but it does bring a vocal track forward. Since everyone seemed to be familiar with this response, and comfortable enough with it from stage experience, we decided to adapt it to the Crowley and Tripp Studio Vocalist ribbon microphone, which recently got an excellent review in Recording magazine.
This is where the development of high output ribbon mics that compete against tube condensers got started, by offering high vocal articulation but without nasty tizz, fizz and shzz of an LDC. (see Chladni post about multimodal effects on a tympanic membrane to better understand tizz)
We keep this mic in our museum as part of the permanent collection.
Posted by Bob Crowley at 6:08 PM