Nady RSM-5 Ribbon Microphone

Nady RSM-5 Ribbon Microphone

Nady RSM-5 Ribbon Microphone

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  • 2-Micron Aluminum Ribbon Transducer
  • High SPL Handling
  • Figure-8 Polar Pattern
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The RSM-5 Ribbon Microphone from Nady is designed for close-capturing instrument cabinets, vocals, drums, percussion, general instruments and more. The RSM-5 features a 2-micron thick aluminum ribbon transducer which yields high SPL handling, low noise and distortion, and the classic warmth and character associated with ribbon microphones.

Rich, warm, and musical sound of a classic ribbon (velocity) mic
Perfect for close miking of guitar amps and cabinets, brass instruments, strings, piano, percussion, vocals and orchestral ambiance. Unique, compact shape for easy, unobtrusive mic placement anywhere
Low-tension 45mm long, 2-micron thick aluminum ribbon design with typical (large, mellow) ribbon audio reproduction
Smooth, natural extended low and high ends, and detailed, realistic mids
Unparalleled overall stunning realism with fast, accurate transient response, ultra-high dynamic range and >135 dB SPL capability
Manufactured with the finest materials - a machined housing with advanced internal shockmount construction for the highest structural integrity and rugged reliability
Supplied with a mic clip and leatherette pouch
Utmost versatility in dialing in desired sound by varying mic placement. Figure 8 audio directional (pickup) pattern for both front and rear side, with extended sweet spots (as compared to large diaphragm condenser mics). Can be used with a second RSM-5 for individual recording volume control of 2 separate sources by placing each source in the principal axis of one mic and the off-axis null of the other.
UPC: 634343266948
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Nady RSM-5 Ribbon Microphone
  • Padded Nylon Carrying Case
  • Shockmount
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Nady RSM-5 specs

    Analog Performance
    Transducer Ribbon
    Polar Pattern Figure-8
    Frequency Range 30 Hz to 18 kHz
    Maximum SPL 165 dB SPL
    THD 1%
    Impedance 200 Ohms
    Load Impedance 1000 Ohms
    Sensitivity -58 dB
    -60 dB
    -62 dB
    Output Connectors 1 x 3-Pin XLR
    Length 6.5" / 165.10 mm
    Diameter 2.125" / 53.97 mm
    Weight 11 oz / 312 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.2 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.6 x 4.9 x 2.7"

    Nady RSM-5 reviews

    RSM-5 Ribbon Microphone is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 5.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Affordable and nice Ribbon mic! I needed a ribbon mic in the home studio, mainly to record anything that's loud and needs a warm tone. Most ribbon mics seem really expensive, so I'm glad this one exists. Using this up close to a guitar amp sounds great. Combining this with a good dynamic (Shure SM57/Audix i5/Audio-Technica MB 2k) side by side up against a guitar amp sounds awesome!! I also tried to record a trombone with it, as I've heard ribbons are the best mic to use for that. This thing blew any dynamic mic out of the water for capturing brass sound. Thank you Nady and B&H!!
    Date published: 2014-01-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Spectacular results on guitar amps. A real bargain! Don't be put off by the bargain price, this is a wonderful amp mic, period. The RSM5 is impressive sounding on guitar amps or speaker cabs. In that application, it's better combine the RSM5 w/ another non-ribbon mic, like condenser or dynamic. I get great results combining RSM5 with a ShureSM57. The RSM5 adds a delightfully smooth, warm low end girth & the SM57 adds presence, cut and sparkle. Experiment with positioning the mics on the speaker cone. As with all bargain ribbon mics, be sure to check your RSM5 for loose ribbon tension before keeping it. Google the issue and how to do a test. The tension inside mine was perfect out of the box. The RSM5 takes EQ great, yet doesn't need much to fit into a mix. It's very low noise. I have not yet really tried the RSM5 on other sound sources. Like all passive ribbons, this one needs lots of preamp gain or a mic booster to get a good level with quiet sources. With a loud source like guitar amp, that's not an issue with the RSM5. The preamps built into my Steinberg UR44 interface are more than powerful enough to get great results with Nady RSM5 on amps. I even briefly tried it on my male spoken voice, for which the preamps had to be turned up quite a bit, but I think even that would work without any extra preamp booster. I suspect that on quieter voices, or acoustic guitar from a distance, you'd need a gainier preamp, or FETHEAD or Cloudlifter to get a good level with the RSM5. The RSM5 has presentable build quality, and it sounds much, much better than I imagined, especially at this price point. It's downright unbelievable! I love the tones I am capturing having this mic as part of the mix. I have been playing music seriously for >40 years, and am fanatical about good tone. Nonetheless, given the great results with the RSM5, I could not justify the extra cost of the high end ribbon mics.
    Date published: 2016-12-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice microphone. The microphone works great. Good sound quality. Using it to record trumpet. The packaging was difficult to open and can't really be used to store the microphone. The foam packing was ok but the outer cardboard box was so tight that it gets damaged getting it out and pretty much can't get it back in. Plan on finding some other way to store it. The cinch pouch although nice to protect it from simple scuffs is not sufficient because you need to store the microphone standing up.
    Date published: 2016-06-01
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great for the price! Although it's a bit of a gamble as to the ribbon tension out of the box, this is still a fine deal. My last one (I have 3) had a properly tensioned ribbon, but the other 2 arrived needing re-tensioning. Good candidate for transformer and ribbon mods, but sounds wonderful stock. Make sure your mic pre has plenty of gain and is happy with a 200 ohm microphone. Have had great results on drums overheads, strings, upright bass and horns.
    Date published: 2016-08-31
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everything it should be These mics are inexpensive but built for abuse - and that's what you get.� Beautiful sound and safe to put in front of a loud guitar cab or trumpet.� Great microphone, I have a pair of them and they're great on everything from Leslies to snare drums.
    Date published: 2017-12-03
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