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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.
Infuse your recordings with the aural warmth of classic ribbon mics. Call or click to buy now!
Reviewed by 21 customers
Honestly, I hate Nady. Probably about the most budget-quality of any audio equipment manufacturer around. Everything I have ever heard or have used from them has been terrible. Except...
I purchased this microphone about a year and a half ago to augment my small collection of microphones for my home studio. I did not have a ribbon mic and wanted to add one, so for the price I figured it would be a good idea. At first, I thought it was terribly noisy and didn't use it on a recording until I discovered it was actually just a bad channel in my snake. Upon realizing this, I used it on a dumbeck and djembe... I really had no expectations, but the results were very pleasant. I was able to capture a fantastic sound - warm, punchy and true to the source. The drum tracks fit excpetionally well in the mix.. I used compression (of course!), but no equalisation was needed. I've not tried it (so far) on any other instruments, but this will be my go-to microphone for hand drums in the future.
It looks like Nady has found their niche, as I have heard/read mostly positive reviews of their ribbon mics overall. Highly recommend.
It is worth noting that I've zapped this thing with phantom power several times, with no damage done... very thankful that it's been designed to take this unintentional abuse.
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
Nady RSM-4 Ribbon Studio Microphone: I bought one of these from Musician's Friend to try out. I'm well experienced with this stuff and have built my own mic pre's for years. I experienced none of the problems that a few of the other reviewers mentioned. The mic I have works great. I will tell you a secret about these and about ribbon mics in general: If you find the sound a bit too dull, just turn the mic around, and record from the other side. Voila! More treble! This is what a very expensive ribbon mike manufacturer does without telling anyone. All in all a great deal for the money.
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.
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.
I own two, and plan on getting eight more!They're fine for non-critical live use as drum overheads, backing vocals or electric guitar in a home studio. for other applications, use a Royer, especially their stereo model, if you can afford one or two.
First of all, the mic clip that comes with this is far too small - it doesn't come close to fitting around this mic or even an sm57. So plan on ordering a bigger mic clip with it if you'll need one. Mine was also in the package upside-down. Which is not a great idea since this is a ribbon mic. The sound quality is decent. Smooth, warm, bassy. Not very detailed on the high-end and it's a pretty noisy microphone. I have to run a low-pass filter on this mic at all times to keep the hiss out of the track. Also, you'll really need to add a lot of gain to this mic to get a sound out of it.On that same note, it seems to be working well on drums and other LOUD sources, but not so well on quiet things like banjo and singing.A good value if you just want a cheap figure 8 / ribbon mic to experiment with and see what it can do, just don't expect super-outstanding sound quality.
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 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.
The microphone sounds great on a acoustic instruments. I have a vintage Amperite RAE ribbon mic from the mid 30's and this mic out performs the vintage one.