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Old 01-19-2019, 05:12 PM   #1
Petimar
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Default Hum on latest 2 ribbon mics I've tried

I use ribbon mics a lot in my home studio recording acoustic stringed instruments. I currently own or have owned in the past

RCA44bx
AEA 92 and 84
Royer R121, R122 and SF12
Beyer M500 and M 160
SE VR1 Voodoo
Shinybox I can't remember model #

Used all of these with no problems, mostly with an AEA TRP.

I've heard a few of the recent ribbons designed to have less of the high end rolled off and so ordered and tied
Samar VL37
AEA KU5A

I REALLY liked the sound of both of these, BUT they hummed enough to be noticeable in quiet passages, so I returned them as I can't use them with that much noise. VL37 was passive, KU5A was active (John Hardy M1 pre for that one).

Any one know why I might have noticeable hum on these 2 and never any other ribbon mic?
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