Crowley and Tripp introduced the el Diablo ($TBA) ribbon microphone at the 123rd AES Convention in New York City this month, the first to use the company's proprietary Roswellite advanced material as the ribbon element. Roswellite is a strong material designed to exactly mimic the sound of traditional ribbons made of foils, without having the strength, sagging, phantom power or SPL handling concerns associated with traditional ribbon microphones.
When Crowley first told Mercenary Audio's "Fletcher" about Roswellite, Fletcher challenged the company to come up with a ribbon microphone suitable for kick drum applications. "el Diablo—Mercenary Edition" was developed in more than a year. Fletcher was very specific as to what he wanted to hear from the tuning of the mic. "The result from el Diablo is a mic that combines the aggression of the [Sennheiser] 421 with the size of the [Neumann] 47 FET without any of the phase issues that often occur when using two mics on a single source," says Bob Crowley.
"We figured out how to make it bulletproof," says Hugh Tripp, who invented the complex processing technology required to produce Roswellite. "Roswellite is just one of several super-elastic and strong materials we have under development for acoustic and audio applications."
The new el Diablo will be available through all the regular Crowley and Tripp distribution channels, including Mercenary Audio.