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Old 2nd February 2009
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Lo-Fi Character Mics

Really REALLY enjoying an A-Static D104 Crystal Mic I bought at a yardsale, Circuit Bent Telephone (carbon mic), Shure 550L Dispatcher Mic, etc Any other really low fi mics you can recommend? Maybe a green bullet or similar? Altec salt shaker?
Old 2nd February 2009
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Old EV mics!
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Not really lo-fi, but the Sontronics Sigma has a nice dark sound. I use it a lot for backing vocals and way-back-in-the-mix percussion parts.

For distorted vocals I use a brandless Japanese crystal mic that I bought on a flea market. I've also had interesting results on vocals with a seventies Pioneer dynamic mic. EV and Philips dynamic models from the sixties can also sound cool. They are low output so a good preamp is a must.
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Old EV mics!
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The EV 635A has a ton of character...plus, you can practically steal them on eBay for around $30-40 a pop
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+1

The EV 635A has a ton of character...plus, you can practically steal them on eBay for around $30-40 a pop
That's one in particular that I was thinking about. RE20/27 and 666 are pretty cool too. Recently picked up a 626, but haven't much time to try it out. heh
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Love the copperphone as an alternative ambient mic on drums!
Old 29th June 2011 | Show parent
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EV m-43/u

Our favorite in the studio is the Electro-Voice m-43/u. It's an old harmonica mic, and it sounds incredible on any source you want to sound dark and vibe-y. Perfect for drum ambience, center of the room in a big live session, vocals, inside of a kick (for a super punchy sound), accordion, strings, everything.

Sounds more unique than Shure's green bullet, and definitely has the vintage mojo, but somehow is more authentic sounding than the green bullet.

I had to get a second!
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Shure Green Bullet Harp mic has a very low fi sound, just plug it into a DI or amplifier then mic the amp to record...very cool
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List of Colored Mics?

This is a recent thread.
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op is looking for a lo-fi vibed mic, not a colored one as the other thread was headed...

I would love to have one of those Astatic D104's (old ham radio mic) wired to record, not sure of the wiring schematic to have it working as a recording mic...those mics had some serious charater
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List of Colored Mics?

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+1

The EV 635A has a ton of character...plus, you can practically steal them on eBay for around $30-40 a pop
Yup the 635a is a staple in my mic locker!
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I get a lot of use out of the EV 635a too, but I don't think I'd consider it a "lo-fi character mic". It's more of a lower-fi character-less mic; its colorations seem to be more of omission than comission.

I used to work at a studio that had a Brush Acousticel BA106 crystal mic in their locker, and that pig was awesome for lo-fi character. No matter what source you put in front of it you'd get cheesey nasal distorted poo out the other end.

I have a Shure 545 that spent 2 years lying in a pool of heating oil in the basement of a house I shared. When I cleaned it up & plugged it in it made everything sound like a cheap walkie-talkie. I still use that from time to time for "telephone" vocals or in combination with another mic on guitar cabs.
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I'm an antique dealer in addition to music/engineering, so i come across alot of lo-fi mics. i generally buy them for less than $10. if i dont like them/their tone i can stick them in my antique for a decent sized profit. I own a copperfone and love it but some sounds it cant touch. i also own a bunch of EV dynamics (664s, 635s, 676s) but i dont consider them lo-fi.

right now my favorites are a "VCA" mic. It's on the left:

it's hotter than any of my mics and has a real present and warm midrange with very little lows or highs.

and these 2 shures:
Old 1st July 2011 | Show parent
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I have an EV PL78 that is an electret condenser and it has an awesome lofi sound. Still clean and clear condenser wise but the frequency range isn't very wide.
Old 1st July 2011 | Show parent
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Check out the Bing carbon mic: Bing Carbon Microphones

For other lo-fi mics, I have messed around with carbon mic cartridges, crystal and piezo elements and various headbasket designs to change up the sound hitting the capsule. For example--a long tube before the capsule will make some obvious changes to the sound that could be something interesting.

Most of the time these weird microphones do not find a use for me and what I am recording, so I hate to put much money behind them. Every once in awhile though, they are EXACTLY what the artist is looking for and then they are very cool indeed.

Eventually I want to spend some more time with the various lo-fi mic capsules and try placing different sorts of balancing and amp circuits behind them to try and squeeze some more usefulness out of the things. I am thinking that is just what the people who make the Bing carbon mic and the Placid Audio people do.
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I also had a friend who rigged an old telephone to a 1/4" plug and used it for DJing. Sounded awesome.
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I also had a friend who rigged an old telephone to a 1/4" plug and used it for DJing. Sounded awesome.
Did the same thing, but with a mic cut off an old automobile cb radio and an xlr plug.

In my sig. line, it's used as the obviously effected vocal on my band page.
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Nice! Cool music!
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thanks!
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+1 for the shure green bullet!
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I have both copperphone and the bing carbon microphone. Like em very much, not so much for vocals though, but as drum (room) mics/instrument they are fantastic.

Insanely good looking too

/Jon
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Proud owner of all three Placid copper mics and the Bing Carbon... love the Copperphone harmonica mini and Shaker Retro Rocket for lofi vocals.
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This makes me happy:

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Hahaha... that's awesome! I've gotta' do that... heh
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Wow never seen one with an XLR jack! Thats awesome!
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lots of cheap old "hifi" etc mics that you can get for 1$ or little more have funny frequency responses
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This makes me happy:

so pretty!
Old 4th July 2011 | Show parent
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I've got an EV 635a too, I love that little guy, though I don't use it terribly often. It's not really one I would call lo-fi. It's a far cry from a reference mic, but it's not going to get you a wacked out or antique kind of sound like a sweet Copperphone mic is.

I used a 635a for vocals in this song a band recorded here recently:
YouTube - ‪RECORDING: John The Conqueror "Ain't Comin Home"‬‏

Not the best example of the mics sound as it's going into a Studio Projects VTB-1 that it's distorting more than a little bit, but even with that, it's not something I'd call lofi. Definitely worth having though! Every once in a while it's just the ticket on electric guitar, or snare when the bleed situation can work.
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1 635a over a drum kit = instant vintage breakbeats
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