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Golden Age Project R1 MKII Ribbon Microphone

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Golden Age Project R1 MKII Ribbon Microphone


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Product Highlights

  • Characteristic Ribbon-Mic Sound
  • Ultra-Realistic Reproduction
  • Fast Transient Response
  • Affordably Priced
  • Handles Loud Sources: Up to 160 dB SPL
  • Figure-8 Polar Pattern
  • Internal Shock Mount
  • Travel Case and Mic Cable Included
  • Integrated Stand Mount
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The Golden Age Project R1 MKII ribbon microphone offers characteristic ribbon performance for a surprisingly affordable price. It gives you the smooth high end and extended lows that make ribbon mics so popular with recording engineers and producers.

Outfitted with a ribbon that's 50 mm long and 2 microns thick, the R1 MKII provides fast and life-like transient response, and can handle extremely high sound pressure levels—up to 160 dB SPL.

As is typical for a ribbon mic, it has a figure-8 polar pattern, which means it picks up primarily from the front and rear of the capsule and rejects sounds coming from the sides. You can use this to your advantage in the studio to help minimize bleed when two or more sources are recording in the same room. The R1 MKII is well-suited for electric guitar, vocals, strings, horns, acoustic instruments, orchestras, choral groups, and many live-sound applications.

The R1 MKII comes with a soft transport case and an XLR mic cable.

Offers the natural and musical sound of a classic ribbon microphone
Ultra-realistic reproduction, with smooth highs and extended low end
Provides the characteristic large-and-mellow ribbon-mic sound quality, featuring a very smooth top end and an extended low end
Fast and life-like transient response
An very high SPL capability, 160 dB SPL (1% THD @ 1000 Hz)
Very good sensitivity for a ribbon microphone
The Figure-8 polar pattern offers wide sweet spots both in the front and in the back of the microphone, and rejection on the sides
A ribbon that's 50 mm long and made of 2-micron-thick aluminum foil
An internal shock mount for the ribbon and magnet assembly
Comes with a soft transport case and an XLR mic cable
Manufactured from the finest materials for great performance and long-term reliability
Can be used with any standard mixer or preamp, preferably one with a balanced input
Microphone Type Large ribbon geometry
Ribbon Pure aluminum, 2 um thick, 50 x 5 mm
Polar Pattern Figure-8
Frequency Response 30 Hz to 18 kHz +/- 3 dB
Sensitivity -52 dB (0 dB=1 V/Pa) @ 1 kHz
Maximum SPL (<1% THD @ 1 kHz): 160 dB
Output Impedance 600Ω, balanced
Recommended Load Impedance > 3 kΩ
Dimensions 2.7 x 7.3" (69 x 185 mm)
Weight 1.9 lbs (850 g)
Golden Age Project R1 MKII Ribbon Microphone
  • Soft Transport Case
  • XLR Microphone Cable
  • One-Year Warranty (Excludes Ribbon Assembly)

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    Great mic!

    By Steve

    from Boston

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer


    • Versatile


    • None at this price

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio

    Comments about Golden Age Project R1 MKII Ribbon Microphone:

    I was so impressed by the Golden Age pre-73 and the pre-73 mark II that I felt compelled to try one of their microphones. This mic always comes up in forums and I have to say it delivers the goods. It is currently deployed as a center overhead on my drum kit and it is punchy and full sounding with a nice warm vintage flavor. At this price you should be buying two! Make sure you have a good boom stand because this mic is hefty!

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    great sounding mic



    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer


    • Clear Sound
    • Easy To Use


      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Golden Age Project R1 MKII Ribbon Microphone:

      i use this mic on my d16xd sounds full crisp , good for acoustic guitars great on vocals looks big and cool, and i mean really cool looks very vintage you must GET IT for the price. it's a mic you have to have for anything it does not take a lot of money to buy good gear BUY IT!!!!!!

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