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Does the vintage-styled SR-2N ribbon mic sound as good as it looks? Mike Hillier takes to the Stager to find out…

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Regular readers of MusicTech reviews will know we’ve always had a soft spot for ribbon microphones. There’s something magical about the natural, huge bass response and smooth high-end rolloff that colours signals in such an obvious, but easily usable way that appeals to our recording sensibilities.

A ribbon microphone is never going to have the flexibility of a high-quality multi-pattern condenser, nor the instant “shove it in front of the source and hit record” quality of a great moving-coil dynamic microphone. However, a well-placed ribbon mic on an electric-guitar cab can produce a considerably larger-than-life tone, which naturally tames the high-end fizz, and sits in the mix with little to no need for additional EQ or compression. Similarly, ribbon mics as overheads can make even the most shrill cymbals sit in a mix without any additional work.

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Now settled into 2018 we look ahead to the future of music. With NAMM 2018 behind us we had a chance to ponder on the many new and exciting pieces of tech we saw and their impact on music creation. In this issue, we bring you our annual show report, containing info on all the latest tech that you can expect to get your hands on in 2018. In keeping with the ‘future’ theme, our lead interview highlights the work of the legendary technological pioneers at the Bell Labs and their collaboration with artist Beatie Wolfe. Their augmented reality, 3D work Raw Space reimagines the album as a multi-sensory, immersive experience. We also speak to Aki Mäkivirta from Genelec about the advanced tech at the heart of the award-winning The Ones monitors. Elsewhere this issue, we have a guide to taking your mixes to the stage, our usual tips and tutorials and an expanded reviews section. We hope you enjoy the issue…