Telefunken | USA has begun shipping the RM-5C ($TBA), the company’s first ribbon microphone, which was designed by Jerry Silvia and David Browning of Silvia Classic Microphones in Santa Cruz, Calif. The RM-5C promises a highly directional pickup pattern, improved output level and wider frequency response, all of which are achieved through optimal acoustic design and use of cutting-edge magnetic materials. The result is a cardioid microphone with a frequency response of 30 to 18k Hz and an output impedance that is said to match well with any high-quality mic preamp.
The RM-5C was physically inspired by the classic RCA BK5, but is not a copy of the well known microphone. Using the original mid-20th century design as a starting point, the team at Silvia Classics and Telefunken | USA created a microphone that is sonically more open, yet still retains the smoothness that is associated with other classic ribbon mics. The new RM-5C lends itself especially well to brass, but is also applicable for vocals, acoustic guitar, drum overheads, cymbals, percussion instruments and other signal sources that can sometimes seem harsh through more commonly used transducers.
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