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finished! my first ribbon mic:

Post by pixeltarian » Wed Dec 17, 2008 2:14 am

I may post a sound clip soon because I looooooove how it sounds.

many pics of construction and whatnots: http://jeffreyjamesmusic.110mb.com/ribbon/


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Post by Scodiddly » Wed Dec 17, 2008 5:37 am

Very cool - how'd you make the bottom plate for the XLR? 8)

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Post by pixeltarian » Wed Dec 17, 2008 6:04 am

Scodiddly wrote:Very cool - how'd you make the bottom plate for the XLR? 8)
it was a brass flange bolt for plumbing that I found at park supply. it was almost the perfect size - I just had to grind down the threads with one of those stone grinder drill attachments (the bit cost only 4 bucks).

it was so much nicer than using a step drill on an end cap.
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Post by blackdiscoball » Wed Dec 17, 2008 7:46 am

Looks really sweet, im jeoulus. I started that along time ago and then life took hold, so I have no time! :(
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Post by substitute » Wed Dec 17, 2008 8:10 pm

Very nice job! I gotta get back on that ball, What did you use for the body?

http://bandcamp.mu/

is pretty cool for posting sound clips

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Post by pixeltarian » Wed Dec 17, 2008 9:55 pm

substitute wrote:Very nice job! I gotta get back on that ball, What did you use for the body?

http://bandcamp.mu/

is pretty cool for posting sound clips
it's one of those industrial bathroom rails for the handicapped.
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Post by rickshawrecords » Thu Dec 18, 2008 7:51 am

Pixel,
Is this my Austin Ribbon Mic design at the link below?

I can't wait to hear your samples!!

- Rick
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Post by pixeltarian » Thu Dec 18, 2008 3:31 pm

rickshawrecords wrote:Pixel,
Is this my Austin Ribbon Mic design at the link below?

I can't wait to hear your samples!!

- Rick
why yes, yes it is
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Post by ubertar » Thu Dec 18, 2008 4:49 pm

pixeltarian wrote:
substitute wrote:Very nice job! I gotta get back on that ball, What did you use for the body?

http://bandcamp.mu/

is pretty cool for posting sound clips
it's one of those industrial bathroom rails for the handicapped.
Some handicapped person is going to fall down and break a hip, and it's going to be ALL YOUR FAULT.


:wink:

Hey, it looks really cool. Even if the top face is cut crooked. :) Someday I'll get around to making one, hopefully.
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Post by Archmart » Thu Dec 18, 2008 10:42 pm

ubertar wrote:
pixeltarian wrote:
substitute wrote:Very nice job! I gotta get back on that ball, What did you use for the body?

http://bandcamp.mu/

is pretty cool for posting sound clips
it's one of those industrial bathroom rails for the handicapped.
Some handicapped person is going to fall down and break a hip, and it's going to be ALL YOUR FAULT.
But hey, if you capture it with this mic, it'll really layer into a great snare sound... http://messageboard.tapeop.com/viewtopic.php?t=60547

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Post by rickshawrecords » Sat Dec 20, 2008 5:36 pm

Hey, it looks really cool. Even if the top face is cut crooked. :)
That's a side benefit of DIY for Audio... Nobody cares what the mic looks like when they're listening to the recording!

Alternately, you can just Photoshop the images to make it sound better, right?

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Post by j_howell » Sat Dec 20, 2008 7:14 pm

Awesome. Difficulty-wise, how would you rate building it? I totally can't afford a second RCA, but would looooove to have another ribbon...and I do enjoy building stuffs...
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Post by antilog » Sat Dec 20, 2008 7:45 pm

blackdiscoball wrote:Looks really sweet, im jeoulus. I started that along time ago and then life took hold, so I have no time! :(
"Life" is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans...
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Post by pixeltarian » Sat Dec 20, 2008 9:07 pm

j_howell wrote:Awesome. Difficulty-wise, how would you rate building it? I totally can't afford a second RCA, but would looooove to have another ribbon...and I do enjoy building stuffs...
well... it depends on how dedicated you are. and you need a lot of patience. but if you have those things it's not too bad. just expect to get frustrated from time to time. The first thing I'm learning about DIY is that it takes patience and I have a lot less of it than I thought I had before DIY projects. I think the long road is always best (as in, don't get frustrated and half ass a step that you can't quite get down). and you'll need access to a dremel or roto-zip. and you'll need a step drill bit if you can't find a brass flange bolt that will fit an xlr. I used a flanged bolt and a stone grinding bit to fit the xlr connector in, and it worked pretty nice.

also, make super sure you allow the epoxy/glue to dry for a full day. I couldn't for the life of me get the stuff I got to cure. and after it's all dry be sure to only handle it with your hands, I used a pliers to try and align it better inside the hosing and I broke it (for the 5th time). Now I doubt you'll have that much trouble. I used the wrong kind of epoxy and non toxic model glue (which perhaps is less strong). I noticed the only thing that was good and reliable (for me) was J.B. Weld. It's black and ugly but it does the job.

To sum it up, look at it as a hobby that will take you a while, set up work days and goals for what you want to accomplish. I'd also recommend a rubber mallet for pounding the wire mesh into shape around the dowel. I say go for it, and if you run into any problems, just shoot up a question and I'm sure Mr. Rickshaw or myself will give you some help.

P.S. I *might* be ordering some premade trusses and make them available, I'll post a notification if I do. This will make the build waaaaaaaaaaay easier because that's the hardest part to do.
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Post by blackdiscoball » Sat Dec 20, 2008 10:04 pm

If you were to order premade trusses put me at the top of the list!
myspace.com/blackdiscoballstudio/

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