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A dual-ribbon mic emulating tried-and-trusted designs, the R1 ST is a versatile studio tool. John Pickford puts it through its paces with a range of instruments…

R1 ST £529

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R ibbon microphones might not be the rare beasts they once were, however condenser and dynamic types still comprehensively outnumber them. Stereo mics are less common still than their standard mono counterparts, so the prospect of testing this beast was tantalising to say the least. And what a beast it is, measuring 70x330mm and weighing in at over 1.5kg when coupled with its shock mount. Designed to emulate the classic RCA ribbon designs from the first half of the last century, the R1 ST comprises two vintage-style ribbon sections with transformer-balanced outputs. The two ribbon elements are arranged vertically, one above the other, each aimed 45 degrees from centre in the traditional Blumlein configuration, with a figure-8 polar pattern.

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