Coles 4038 Ribbon Mic
These ‘soap dish’ ribbon mics have been hand made to the same delicious recipe for over forty years. After all, if it ain’t broke…
Responsible for the lush strings on just about every orchestral recording in recent years, the 4038’s give that full, rich sound on strings, brass, drum overheads and ambience that your ears crave. There really is no better way to warm your recordings (and your soul) than to sling a pair of 4038’s above your session and blend the sound with whatever close mics you choose.
We ALWAYS quote including the optional stand mount adaptors for the simple reason that they’re a bit tricky to use if you cant mount them. And be aware that the ribbons are HEAVY. For overheads we definitely recommend the Atlas stands.
Figure of 8, of course (as are all conventional ribbons) you’re not going to get a great deal of separation, but a pair can offer a stunning stereo image.
But don’t take my word; demo units available on request. ~ Eccentric
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What the manufacturer says...
The 4038 Studio Ribbon Microphone is of British Broadcasting design (BBC) and used for broadcasting and recording such sounds where a clear smooth wide range frequency response, absent of transient distortion and relatively high sensitivity is essential.
The 4038 has a proven reliable performance capability, being since its introduction, used by broadcasting networks throughout the world such as the BBC.
The frequency response of the 4038 is exceptionally flat from 30 to 15,000 c/s and throughout this range the shape of the bi-directional (figure of eight) polar response is maintained substantially constant both in the horizontal and vertical planes, giving a natural smooth sonic quality textured response to sound signal being picked up.
Studio microphones have now achieved a remarkable fidelity of reproduction. If the microphone is not close to perfection, there is no point in having expensive systems to take the sound the rest of the way to the audience's ears.
In the world of sound, the BBC has always been the leader, and is still regarded as the 'setter of standards'.