December 15, 2005

Nady RSM-1 Ribbon Mic

by Chris Randall

So, Santa Claus brought me one of these Nady RSM-1 ribbon mics for Christmas. I was, like, "well, how bad can a $129 ribbon mic be?" The answer is "not bad at all."

I've been fooling with this thing all day, and my belief is that, as long as you don't have any moral qualms about buying a cheap-ass rebranded Chinese microphone, this bad boy is well worth the money. It's rather bottom heavy, as ribbons are prone to be. Works really well on voice and guitar, the usual ribbon staples. I don't have a drum set in my studio to test it out on overheads or whatever, but for vocals, it's money well spent. I mean, any mic that works okay at all for $130 is a steal, and this one sounds quite good. Quite frankly, I'd have a hard time coming up with anything bad to say about it at all, let alone at its price point.

So, a strong "buy" recommendation from AI Headquarters on this.




Dec.16.2005 @ 8:11 AM
If you're feeling geeky, all of us over at TapeOp were trying to figure out how to improve the sound after we "group bought" a bunch of these back when they were $300. I recommend ripping out the inner wire mesh--it was adding all kinds of high end hash to vocals. And somebody suggested stuffing the bottom part with some kind of foam to curb nasty reflections. I haven't done that yet.

Dec.16.2005 @ 9:50 AM
Muff Wiggler
i have an Apex 210, which i believe is the same unit, rebranded

at the price point, i have a very, very hard time saying anything at all bad about it.

but if I had to find something, i'd say "grab a few and you'll see it's hard to get a good match for stereo recording"

but at the price point, i'd hardly think that was a fair gripe. I'm extremely happy with this mic. I use it to record my upright bass primarily, and it sounds wonderful.

Anyone know of any 'mods' for this mic to make it even nicer?


Dec.16.2005 @ 4:28 PM
penzoil washington
This seems to be part of a whole Nady ribbon series. Any word on which is the best?



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