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Electrovoice RE-18 and AKG 408?
Old 21st September 2002
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Electrovoice RE-18 and AKG 408?

I picked up a pair of old EV RE-18 (supercardioid dynamic) mics and an AKG-408 (miniature condenser) yesterday for a total of $80. Next week, I'll be playing with them to see if they're good for anything, but I wanted to solicit opinions from anyone who has used them in the studio.

What do they work on?
Old 21st September 2002
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๐ŸŽง 15 years
I get confused by all the different RE mics. I know the 20 and the 27 but after that it's a blur. I'd try it on snare and maybe guitars, anything I'd use an SM57 on. That's how I came to like the AKG D310 on snare.

Does the 408 look like a D112 that went to a head shrinker? If so then I know a lot of people use them on toms and percussion like bongos, conga and timbales.
Old 21st September 2002
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๐ŸŽง 15 years
The EV RE-xx mics are all "variable-d" by design which is EV's way of eliminating or at least drasticly reducing proximity effect. The RE-10 is a pretty flat in its response, the RE-11 almost identical except for a a bit of a rise in the freq response above 5kHz or so. There are a number of models above these (15, 16, 18, 20 etc) and some have alternate versions with the ND suffix to denote a Neodymium magnet. The ND's are generally brighter. Most of the RE-xx series is discontinued except the 16, 20, and 27.

I'd be happy to have a few RE-10s around for guitar/bass cabs and probably snare drums too. Anything where you want to be tight to the source without exaggerated proximity effect. Alternately, it would be handy to give a more focused sound to a source with exaggerated low end.

Let us know what you come up with!

- jon
Old 22nd September 2002
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๐ŸŽง 15 years
I'll vouch for the 408's being good on percussion. You might try them on snare top also, for when you need a bright snare with lots of attack. You'll get more meat from the snare if you clip it onto a mic stand and position accordingly instead of clipping it to the rim. And man , are they hard to hit!!

Also, they have a pretty wide polar pattern for such a small mic.

Uses? I find them great for fast, busy, dense tunes (punk, metal, whatever) because I don't generally have to dial in faster attack times, and they cut through rather easily. Their diaphragms are so small that it probably accounts for their speed in grabbing transients as well as their brightness.

Stay away from horns with these mics though!!:eek:
Old 22nd September 2002
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๐ŸŽง 15 years
Yeah, the 408 looks like a tie tac shaped like a D-112. The seller also suggested using it as a bottom snare mic. And I'll plug in the RE-18's this week and see what they sound like.

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