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PostPosted: Tue Oct 24, 2017 8:01 am 
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Today in "Things I Don't Need and Probably Can't Afford", a very fancy DIY microphone from micparts.com!

This is the T47, a recreation of the Neumann KM84 adapted for a large diaphragm capsule. It wasn't cheap (at least by my standards), but it supposedly gives you an experience that would cost thousands of dollars in its original form. I am planning to do some recording this year, a mixture of home and studio, and this mic received rave reviews for acoustic guitars, electric guitar cabinets, vocals, and drum overheads. So even though I can't totally justify this kind of thing at the moment, I am dreaming about recording an album where nearly every track is captured on a mic I built with my own hands.

This was a really fun project, something that was challenging because it was new but simple enough to finish in one evening. Working with the capsule was a little nerve-wracking. But in the end it all worked out, and I sort of feel like I have the "bug", much like when I built my first pedal (BYOC tremolo, still on my board!). I hope that's a passing fancy, because these kits cost 4–5 times as much. :mrgreen:

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 24, 2017 11:45 am 
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Really cool project- one I hope to dive into down the road as well.. looks great!

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 24, 2017 2:04 pm 
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Cool! 8)

I'm curious--what drives the high price of these kits?

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 24, 2017 4:06 pm 
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duhvoodooman wrote:
Cool! 8)

I'm curious--what drives the high price of these kits?

I think it’s mainly the capsules and transformers.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 25, 2017 6:42 am 
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Quick and dirty demo. T47 > Alesis iO2 > GarageBand. No effects or EQ, literally just plugged it in, checked gain, and hit record. The iO2 is a pretty bottom tier USB interface—preamp is nothing special.

https://soundcloud.com/sjaustin/t84-guitar-track-sample

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 25, 2017 10:02 am 
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Works well! :mrgreen:

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 09, 2017 2:43 pm 
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Wow! Sounds excellent; mic/guitar/musician (in no particular order). Their S-87 kit looks tempting for Voice Over.

Thank you for the demo of the T47.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 10, 2017 4:53 pm 
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Thanks! Definitely a fun project and a cool thing to have around.

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I didn't know there was such a thing! Sounds good.


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