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Nady RSM-4 Ribbon Studio Microphone
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The Nady RSM-4 is a ribbon microphone with a versatile design that makes it ideal for numerous applications, from close-miking guitar cabs to vocal r...Click To Read More About This Product
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The RSM-4 delivers uncompromised ribbon mic sound.
The Nady RSM-4 is a ribbon microphone with a versatile design that makes it ideal for numerous applications, from close-miking guitar cabs to vocal recording and live use. The RSM-4 mic's unique compact ring shape allows simple, unobtrusive placement anywhere.
The Nady RSM-4 microphone's low-tension, 45mm long, 6-micron thick aluminum ribbon design has a typical large, mellow reproduction with smooth, natural response across the spectrum. Fast, accurate transient response, ultrahigh 165dB SPL capability, and overall stunning realism.
The figure-8 pickup pattern offers extended sweet spots and increased off-axis high frequency reponse on the sides with decreased high response above and below on-axis (though with lower audio levels). Individual recording volume control of separate sources is enabled through the use of stereo mic setups where isolation is achieved by placing the source so that it is in the principal axis of one mic and the off-axis null of the other.
The RSM-4 has a machined housing with advanced internal shockmount construction for rugged reliability and includes a mic clip and zippered pouch.
- Unparalleled, uncompromised sound of a classic ribbon mic
- Low-tension 45mm, 6-micron thick aluminum ribbon
- Smooth, natural extended low and high ends
- Fast, accurate transient response
- 165dB SPL capability
- Figure-8 pickup pattern
- Wide, extended sweet spots
- Increased off-axis high-frequency response on sides
- Ideal for stereo mic setups
- Machined housing with advanced internal shockmount construction
- Mic clip and zippered pouch included.
Infuse your recordings with the aural warmth of classic ribbon mics. Call or click to buy now!
Reviewed by 21 customers
This mic is very smooth and articulate at the same time. I played it through a PreSonus blue tube mic-pre and an art compressor, just outstanding.Sounds incredible with a shure 57 mixed in.Highly recommended!
I've used this mic quite a few times now and have always noticed the same problems. -As a previous reviewer mentioned, it's a noisy mic and you're gonna need a lot of gain for quiet instruments (Quiet like, acoustic guitar quiet). Not a great combo-While the mic is great for instruments (amp cabinets and trumpets, in my case), I always get an excessively nasal response on all vocal takes. It was so bad that I actually got a better sound out of a crappy Chinese dynamic mic than this. I also tried the same song on a Zoom H2. Both times there was almost no nasal sound (what little there was is my own technique's fault.)In spite of all this, it's not a horrible mic. Bottom line is don't use it on vocals or quiet instruments, but if you need good response on something already loud, go for it.
I grabbed a Nady RS-4 on a whim - I didn't own a figure 8 mic, I'd always been curious to check out a ribbon, and for what this mic sells for (comparable to a SM57), it seemed like a no brainer. Much to my surprise, while this isn't a very "transparent" microphone (the highs are, while still musical, a touch rounded, and the bass isn't overly pronounced), it actually works REALLY well with a bright, aggressive amp like my Mesa Rectoverb for capturing lead guitar. It has a wider sweet spot than my go-to SM57, so it sounds less "filtered" and isn't as position sensitive. A better shockmount and some sort of proper storage case (come on, we all know how delicate ribbons are) would be nice, but strictly on tone this is a surprising "dark horse" contender for recording guitars. I'm impressed.
I got a call from the local music shop that this sweet little mic was in stock and I ought to check it out. I've been wanting a ribbon mic for a while now but didn't want to go broke finding out that it didn't provide any added benefit. The price on this Nady was just right for experimenting and was I not disappointed. I found it to work well with vocals after using to redo some vocals on a song I have not been pleased with. I would describe this mic as being a balanced combination between a condensor and tube mic giving the quality a smooth range between crisp highs and warm lows. A great buy!
Ok Stock, these are hit or miss. You could get one with a properlly tensioned ribbon, or one that's loose and bnags against the grill. They sound pretty good out of the box, but if you change out the transformer with a Edcor, or a Lundhal...these mics sound ungodly good!!!! For as cheap as they are.....buy two or three. I have four (all modded) two on the drum set sound amazing. I use the others on electric guitar...and woooweee do they sound good.
Had not used ribbons in 20 years or so. Rsm 4 going head to head with Neumann something, in the lab. jazzy tubey tone, makes the vocals come off like Nat Cole, Sinatra, Sam Cooke. mic to Avalon front end, Straight to Protools LE. I bought 2 from a local dealer to try out stereo miking on BGVs. Saved lots of money on this one. After these sessions on to guitar cabs and drum room work. Delicate, Careful, NO Phantom Power!!!
The RMS-4 is my first ever ribbon mic. It sounds absolutely fabulous on my voice, and on harmonica, guitar cabs, etc. Found it to be a bit boomy when mic'ing up my acoustic, but this my be due to my inexperience.Opened it up and noticed the ribbon to be quite slack, so I tensioned it up myself. Almost tore the ribbon, PheW!!! but didn't. Now it sounds better than when it came.
The previous reports say that it was noisy and needs more gain... Maybe they forgot its a ribbon for christ's sake... Its been an amazing experience recording the horn sections with the Nady... Besides... You cant beat a deal like this... Its the best quality you can get at this price... Value for its money indeed
Added this to my mic cabinet as a 2nd type of ribbon and wasn't disappointed! Great deal under a "C" note! Slightly darker than my other ribbon mic, perhaps the 6 micron vs. the 2 micron ribbon thickness and shorter lenght accounts for that, but very natural, smooth responce. For the money you absolutely can't go worng here!
I first plugged into my PC Soundcard with an adapter, and it seemed very low and grainy. I almost lost hope beofre I plugged this bad boy up to a digi003 inteface/preamp. Wow! There were several other EXPENSIVE mics in the studio that we compared the RSM to. None of them compared to its full ich, warm sound. This is definitely an excellent buy for vocals, never tried instruments. Vocals barely need any processing.