The Tbone RB 500 is a really amazing ribbon mic. These are a pretty penny so you don't want to use these live if there is a chance someone could knock it. Ribbon mics are known for being fragile, but this one can handle up to 136dB, which is plenty of headroom for your loud sources. You don't need phantom power for this mic, in fact it would be a very bad idea to switch that on with this mic. It comes with a really nice brass shock mount and a wooden box for storage. It's a figure 8 polar pattern, so you're going to get a very open and balanced sound with this mic. It connects to your mic preamp with an XLR cable.
I got this mic soon after it came out a while ago. I love it and figured it would do a great job on a ribbon mic. It did, of course. The entire frequency spectrum sounds wonderful through this mic. I find that it truly excels on delicate acoustic instruments and vocals. My favorite is acoustic guitar. If you want a nice smooth sound, say for a stripped down folk song, this mic will definitely get you the sound you hear in your head. I do with it had a switchable polar pattern, since that would make it more useful. Sometimes the figure 8 pattern is a little bit limiting in some recording situations. Other than that, I have few complaints about this great ribbon mic. It's very easy on the eyes as well. At a thousand dollars, you get a top tier ribbon mic with some nice accessories. That sounds like a good value to me. I would get it again if anything happened to mine. I suggest this mic if you are looking for a ribbon mic on a decent budget. It wont break the bank and it will sound amazing!
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lesaminches's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
Gain out of the microphone is low (normal on tape), it is important to use a good preamp.
It is two years since happiness guitarists groups with which I shoot.
I was looking for an alternative to the eternal 57 and 906 on a guitar amp, something more mellow a stick on the amps a lamp, but something that I could also take presta on tour.
At that price (one hundred nine euros) I tried left and have not been disappointed.
It's a bit of a cartoon strip: a very low round, very smooth, but not very accurate, high end a little back and very soft and in this case that's exactly what I asked.
Do not dream it's not a Royer.
But Royer 2000 euros in presta when we had the stuffing and it can take a 48v which will destroy directly, very little for me. A 100 euros the risk is tolerable.
Caution is still fragile and the conection (one meter cable coming out of the microwave) does not help at all.
I tried on a lot of use, but it really convinced me as the guitar amp (even in the studio, I use it in the center of the bowl with an off-axis C414).
In ambiance battery too lacking precision, this can give an effect says a little extra on vintage jazz batteries.
On bass amp I got nothing conclusive, do not compete with my little SM7, even when it seems satisfying solo, it's very hard to get into the mix.
Little help to recover from the bottom in addition to another microphone behind a perceived example.
On vocals (in the studio), that's a matter of taste and artistic choice, very flattering in the low and very soft, but not precise, however, it happens that I use it for voice or back choirs warmth is interesting in mixing a bit.
In short, it is far from a Swiss Army knife but that price makes it a very interesting color, it's certainly not the first investment to do but I'm very happy to have him in my park and I think buying another.