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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...Click To Read More About This Product

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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
Includes microphone clip and carrying bag
SPECIFICATIONS
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 19 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (7)
  • Compact (5)
  • Easy to use (5)
  • Versatile (4)
  • Lightweight (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (8)
  • Amateur recording (6)
  • Professional recording (5)
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    • Experienced (8)

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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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(12 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

great way to get into ribbon mics

By Puffer Fish

from Harrisburg, PA

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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.

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Nady RSM-5 - check for ribbon tension

By Michael Joly-Ise1l

from Springfield, MA

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Comments about Nady RSM-5 Ribbon Studio Microphone:

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.

(7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Better than my other mic's.

By Dave-GDHOv

from San Mateo, CA

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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.

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

$80?

By Mojo--Nt-e

from Wilmore KY

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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!

(5 of 5 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!

(4 of 4 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.

(3 of 3 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.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Sounds Great!

    By Ap.Rhys-UEXi6

    from Parkersburg, WV

    Comments about Nady RSM-5 Ribbon Studio Microphone:

    I just bought one of these and plugged into my powered hot spot monitor. It does give a smooth sound and it's the first time I've ever liked the sound of my voice dry. As per the previous review I tried the back side and it sound great too. The front is more midrange and the back bassier and with more highs. Got my wife to sing in one side and I sang in the other and it works great for that as well if your into harmonies and duets.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    good

    By Wonderful Bully

    from Iowa

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    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.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Things to Consider

    By Kyle

    from Asheville, NC

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Compact
    • Lightweight
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Breaks Easily

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Nady RSM-5 Ribbon Studio Microphone:

    I got this microphone on good authority that ribbon mics are the best for brass, and I wanted to begin big band (jazz) recording. For the price, I believe this mic really can't be beat. This price for a ribbon mic is wonderful, considering the price of Neumann and Royer. The microphone sounds excellent with trombone and trumpet searing into it. The high end roll off and high spl make sure of that.

    There are, however, some things to consider. Ribbon mics are the most fragile type of mic, and this one comes with a box and foam. Keep them. Always store your mic in the foam and box upright when not in use. Also, a generous air blast can permanently damage the ribbon. A good pop filter is a REQUIREMENT for this one.

    As far as tracking goes, don't let the figure-8 pattern dissuade you. Even with my horn pushing upwards of 90 dB into one side, there is little bleed from the other side. Mentioned in another review, you get slightly better air and presence by recording into the back of the mic (the side without the logo).

    Overall, if you need to record horns, or even guitar and bass cabs, then this is a good little mic for you. Don't hesitate, especially if you're on a budget. One last worthy note: if you get less than stellar performance out of the box, don't fret. Your ribbon may have been damaged in shipping, and a quick contact to Nady or a trip to your local music shop can diagnose a bad ribbon.

    Cheers,
    Kyle H.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great value & tone.

    By Benny Mc

    from Melbourne Australia

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Nady RSM-5 Ribbon Studio Microphone:

        Fired this mic up in tandem with an SM-57 with a Les Paul Jnr (P-90 pick-up) and Marshall Plexi 50 watter with Alnico speakers cabinet. Very realistic representation of the sound the player hears in the room. The SM-57 captured the cut and the Nady RSM-5 captured the grunt. Between the two, the sound was really warm and thumping, without the need for any EQ.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        April?

        By dave VV

        from alabama / new york

        About Me Professional Musician

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        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?

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Mic

        By Five Day Forecast

        from The moon

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        Comments about Nady RSM-5 Ribbon Studio Microphone:

        I bought this mic because it was cheap (that's just how I do things). It works fine but is very delicate, as are all ribbon mics. The best spot for drums is in between the snare and bass drum. That allows it to pick up all cymbols and everything. Spread the word.

         
        5.0

        Good Mic / Great value

        By Smitty & Steve, Guitars & Goodtimes

        from Southeast Michigan

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        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Easy To Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio

          Comments about Nady RSM-5 Ribbon Studio Microphone:

          I have been recording for 20 yrs. this yr. I've tried a lot of low end to mid range condenser mics this is my favorite one. I have numerous MXL's & my high end mic is a Sterling. This Nady has the smoothest true sound out of any of them other than the Sterling which costs 6 times the price. If you are a home recording buff do yourself a favor & buy 1.

           
          5.0

          Fantastic!

          By Lufkin's Brother

          from Chicago, IL

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Compact
          • Easy To Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Nady RSM-5 Ribbon Studio Microphone:

            I couldn't be happier with sound of this mic. Paired with a Cloudlifter, nothing can touch it for the cost. I mainly use it on reeds, and have been experimenting with placing it in the bridge of upright bass.

            Don't use the simple mic clips it comes with. You'll need a mic clip with a shock mount or you'll get all kinds of low frequency rumble from the stand/floor.

             
            5.0

            Great mic for recording vocals

            By Abe

            from El Cerrito, California

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Compact
            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio

              Comments about Nady RSM-5 Ribbon Studio Microphone:

              I had read that ribbon mics produced a warmer sound then dynamics or condenses, so when I saw this ribbon available at an affordable price. I thought I would add it to my home studio. That turned out to be a smart decision as, after much experimentation, this unit has turned out to be my go-to mic for vocals and for guitar amps. Its sound is clear and with a very warm tone that really highlights my vocals and guitar in a very musical way, I wasn't able to achieve with my other mics. I quickly bought another one and now these two ribbons are my favorite recording mics. I even use my RSM-52 to mic my guitar amp, when I need to, at gigs,

               
              4.0

              Mic with a purpose

              By Lars

              from Mn

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              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Studio
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about Nady RSM-5 Ribbon Studio Microphone:

                  This Nady ribbon mic is most likely a steal at the price. Having said that I have had no other ribbons to compare it with and have only used on recording my guitar amp for which it sounded very good! and was the purpose I bought it for in the first place. I think for the price you can't go wrong depending on what your recording. This mic yielded a professional sound on my track. Very Pleased and would buy again!

                   
                  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!

                   
                  2.0

                  What Am I Missing?

                  By Springloaded

                  from Springfield

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                  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.

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