I recently had the opportunity to test out four different ribbon microphones. It was pretty fun because I’ve been recording for a long time, but I never had a chance to properly use this kind of mic.
These are the microphones I tested:
Here’s the recording I made with them (I play all of the instruments). I made notes in the waveform below that will point out the different microphones being used:
All in all, I strongly recommend using ribbons. They sound different than condenser and dynamic microphones. At first you might think they sound a bit more muffled than what you’re used to hearing, but once you start using them in your recordings, you’ll start to hear their rich character in the mid range, their smooth highs, and round low end. Plus, they look really cool! You can’t lose with ribbon microphones.
If you have any questions about ribbon microphones, feel free to ask them in the comments section of this post.