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Nady RSM-5 Ribbon Studio Microphone  

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The Nady RSM-5 Studio Microphone has a low-tension aluminum ribbon design for smooth, natural extended low and high ends. With fast, accurate transie...Read More

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      Ribbon mic technology made affordable.

      The Nady RSM-5 Studio Microphone has a low-tension aluminum ribbon design for smooth, natural extended low and high ends. With fast, accurate transient response, ultra-high SPL capability, and stunning realism. The compact shape of the RSM-5 makes unobtrusive placement a breeze when recording instruments. Other features include: Figure-8 audio directional pickup patterns with front and rear wide, extended sweet spots (as compared to large diaphragm condenser mics); increased off-axis high frequency response on sides, with decreased high response above and below on-axis; individual recording volume control of separate sources; and machined housing with advanced internal shock mount construction for the highest structural integrity and rugged reliability.

      Looking for smooth, clear-sounding vocals? Ribbon technology gives you the natural-sounding highs while the figure-8 pattern eliminates proximity effect and the low frequency rumble that comes with the off-axis coloration of cardioid mics. Plus, you get a little room tone for added ambience and realism.

      FEATURES
      • Low-tension, 45mm long, 2-micron thick aluminum ribbon design with large mellow ribbon audio reproduction
      • Smooth, natural extended low and high end detail with realistic mid-range
      • Perfect for miking guitar amps and cabinets, brass instruments, strings, piano, percussion, vocals and orchestra ambiance
      • Up to 135dB SPL capability for stunning realism and accurate transient response
      • Figure-8 pick-up pattern with extended sweet spot for both front and rear sides

      Order with the protection of our 45-day lowest price and total satisfaction guarantees!

      SPECIFICATIONS

      RSM-5 Ribbon Studio Microphone

      • Polar pattern: figure 8
      • Sensitivity: -60±2dB (0dB=1V/Pa.)
      • Frequency response: 30-18KHz
      • Output impedence: 200 Ohms
      • Recommended load impedence: 1000 Ohms
      • Max. SPL (1% TDH @ 1000 Hz): 165 dB
      • Mic cable: 3-pin XLR standard link cable
      • Size: diameter 2.125" (54 mm), length 6.5" (165 mm)
      • Weight: 11 oz. (312 gr.)
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      NadyRSM-5 Ribbon Studio Microphone
       
      4.5

      (based on 13 reviews)

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          Most Liked Positive Review

           

          great way to get into ribbon mics

          Before I bought this, I was concerned about the roll-off of the the high frequencies that everyone talks about with ribbon mics. This is not a concern--it sounds great. Everyone who hears...Read complete review

          Before I bought this, I was concerned about the roll-off of the the high frequencies that everyone talks about with ribbon mics. This is not a concern--it sounds great. Everyone who hears it agrees.I replaced the transformer with a Cinemag tranny and that improved the frequency range a bit, but it was not a night and day sort of change. More of a nuanced change to the sound and it was an improvement. So it added another $40.00 to the price of the mic--I am still WAY ahead on the price of this versus pretty much any other ribbon mic.I plan to get another one so I can use them on stereo sources, like drum overheads. Use a pop filter with this to protect the ribbon.Check your mic right away when you get it to make certain the ribbon is tensioned properly: plug in the mic (DO NOT APPLY PHANTOM POWER!! Phantom power might fry the ribbon) and gently rock the mic back and forth... if you hear a clunking/ clanging sound, the ribbon is not tensioned properly and you may want to send it back for a replacement, unless you are really brave and want to tighten it yourself. If you choose to do work on it yourself, scour the web for info first, there is a lot of useful stuff online. The ribbons are VERY fragile and tear easily. BTW--if there is no clunking/ clanging sound when you rock the mic back and forth, you are golden!A lot of people complain that you need tons of gain with these. Okay, so they are not as loud a source as my condensers, but this mic seems pretty consistent with my SM57s, so don't let that 'needs lots of gain' thing hold you back.For the low cost of this mic versus the new mic flavor it provides, it is a no-brainer. I think everyone should pick up one or two of these unless they already own a ribbon mic they love. It really is a worth while purchase.

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          Nady RSM-5 - check for ribbon tension

          If you get a good one, the Nady RSM-5 can be a decent performer with a Royer-like quality.Several RSM-5 mics have reached me with improperly tensioned ribbons - 80% of the ribbon...Read complete review

          If you get a good one, the Nady RSM-5 can be a decent performer with a Royer-like quality.Several RSM-5 mics have reached me with improperly tensioned ribbons - 80% of the ribbon length sagging out of the magnetic gap. Ribbon sag causes low output, a "clanging" noise when the mic is moved or used at higher SPLs and high distortion. When your mic arrives, listen in headphones then slowly rock the mic back and forth to bring each face of the mic parallel to the floor. If you hear a sudden "clang" or "clunk" the ribbon is too slack.By the way, the ribbon motor used in this mic mimics the Royer technique of offset ribbon placement. To avoid patent issues, the RSM-5 has the ribbon located toward the back of the gap when it is addressed from the front. Use the back side of the RSM-5 and you'll get the same "offset ribbon" benefit offered by the front side of a Royer ribbon. Ribbon mics are simple, but a big part of their sound is the output transformer. The RSM-5 can be upgraded with a simple microphone modification - the installation of a Lundahl ribbon microphone transformer.The Nady RSM-5 can be OK stock - if the ribbon is properly tensioned. It can be great with some microphone modifications.

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          5.0

          Great mic! Great Price!

          By Pauly Sam

          from Dayton, Ohio

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Lightweight
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • Breaks Easily
          • No Protective Box

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio
          • Recording Vocals

          Comments about Nady RSM-5 Ribbon Studio Microphone:

          After recording a few vocals I am happy with this mic! The price makes it affordable to try a ribbon mic if you have never used one before. Try this one!

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          2.0

          What Am I Missing?

          By STS

          from Springfield

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Nady RSM-5 Ribbon Studio Microphone:

                Unless I got a bad one, it just doesn't sound good. I expected a dark mic but there is no 'good' anywhere in the frequency range of this mic.

                Comment on this review

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                GREAT Microphone

                By Gristle

                from Denver, CO

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Compact
                • Easy To Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Home Studio
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about Nady RSM-5 Ribbon Studio Microphone:

                  Incredible ribbon microphone for the cost - user simply needs to record from back instead of front of mic to obtain professional sound.

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  April?

                  By dave VV

                  from alabama / new york

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Compact
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                  • Not In Stock Til 040213

                  Best Uses

                  • Drums And Guitarvox

                  Comments about Nady RSM-5 Ribbon Studio Microphone:

                  great mics fror recording guitar, drums, vox. unfortunately will not be "in stock" again until April 2013. What the heck is up with that?

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                  (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  $80?

                  By Mojo--Nt-e

                  from Wilmore KY

                  Comments about Nady RSM-5 Ribbon Studio Microphone:

                  I was in an audio production class and heard about ribbon mics, but the one's my prof recommend were a few grand. So I looked for some cheaper ones. This is it. I use this and a 57 to mic my blues deluxe reissue and the recordings sound exactly like my amp. SO BUY THIS, it's cheap as balls!

                  Comment on this review

                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  good

                  Comments about Nady RSM-5 Ribbon Studio Microphone:

                  Okay, this is my second Nady ribbon mic. Before this I bought the rsm-7, which has a much more bass heavy timber. I much prefer this microphone to any other in my collection for micing guitar cabinets or organ, basically if I'm recording from a speaker (still haven't tried this on bass guitar though) I will use this mic. the only mic I have that I can close mic a guitar cab, and have the sound in the headphones sound just like it does in front of the amp with the headphones off.

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                  (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  great way to get into ribbon mics

                  By Puffer Fish

                  from Harrisburg, PA

                  Comments about Nady RSM-5 Ribbon Studio Microphone:

                  Before I bought this, I was concerned about the roll-off of the the high frequencies that everyone talks about with ribbon mics. This is not a concern--it sounds great. Everyone who hears it agrees.I replaced the transformer with a Cinemag tranny and that improved the frequency range a bit, but it was not a night and day sort of change. More of a nuanced change to the sound and it was an improvement. So it added another $40.00 to the price of the mic--I am still WAY ahead on the price of this versus pretty much any other ribbon mic.I plan to get another one so I can use them on stereo sources, like drum overheads. Use a pop filter with this to protect the ribbon.Check your mic right away when you get it to make certain the ribbon is tensioned properly: plug in the mic (DO NOT APPLY PHANTOM POWER!! Phantom power might fry the ribbon) and gently rock the mic back and forth... if you hear a clunking/ clanging sound, the ribbon is not tensioned properly and you may want to send it back for a replacement, unless you are really brave and want to tighten it yourself. If you choose to do work on it yourself, scour the web for info first, there is a lot of useful stuff online. The ribbons are VERY fragile and tear easily. BTW--if there is no clunking/ clanging sound when you rock the mic back and forth, you are golden!A lot of people complain that you need tons of gain with these. Okay, so they are not as loud a source as my condensers, but this mic seems pretty consistent with my SM57s, so don't let that 'needs lots of gain' thing hold you back.For the low cost of this mic versus the new mic flavor it provides, it is a no-brainer. I think everyone should pick up one or two of these unless they already own a ribbon mic they love. It really is a worth while purchase.

                  Comment on this review

                  (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Better than my other mic's.

                  By Dave-GDHOv

                  from San Mateo, CA

                  Comments about Nady RSM-5 Ribbon Studio Microphone:

                  I bought two of these. The mic clips are worthless, but the mic has good quality construction. I use my SM57 clips and a Brumlein bar. I've been using two large condenser mic's, two SM 57's, and one other dynamic mike. This mic has the detail of the condensers, and the nice fat sound of the dynamic mic's - the best of both worlds. It makes my other mic's sound pretty lame once the highs are added via EQ. I took the inner screens out to see how it would sound without them. It had a lot more highs, but I didn't think it sounded as good without the screens - not as sweet on the highs when compared to those added by EQ with the screens left in. It seemed to resonate a lot with some of my guitar strings without the screens. I have a solid wood guitar and it resonates a lot. I put the screens back in and I think it sounds better. It sounds very good with singing. For acoustic guitar, it also sounds much better than my other mic's, but first I had to turn up the highs and drop the lows on my UB802 mixer. I plan to use these mic's as my first choice for vocals and acoustic guitar. If you buy these you should make sure you have something to EQ them with, and a preamp with at least 55 or 60 dB of gain. You could probably get by with 50 dB.I tried adding highs using software and it didn't seem to work nearly as well as adding highs with the analogue UB802. Overall, I feel very happy with the mic's. I thank Nady for providing Ribbon mic's at a price I can afford.

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                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great Deal

                  Comments about Nady RSM-5 Ribbon Studio Microphone:

                  This mic is already priced right, but I added the 20% off mailer to it and got it for a steal. I'm a longtime musician and tech and I do a lot of recording. I build my own tube mic pre's and this mic works wonderfully with them. As a VERY EXPERIENCED music electronics person, I can say I was surprised at how well theses mics are made. Nice and heavy construction, and surprisingly meticulous workmanship. I couldn't find anything wrong with this mic. It didn't really fit into the included zipper pouch, though. As money allows, I'm going to add at least one more of these mics to my already extensive collection. Well done!

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                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Killer tone from low to high.

                  By tonesonics

                  from Chillicothe, Ohio

                  Comments about Nady RSM-5 Ribbon Studio Microphone:

                  These mics are hot once you take the extra wind screen out. This of course voids all warranties. They become more sensitive...and that's it... "more sensitive". They pick up every nuance from floor rumbling lows to warm sparkling highs. Great buy for the money. I use it on everything.

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