the t.bone RB 500

Ribbon Microphone

  • Very warm, natural sound
  • Figure 8 characteristic
  • 2” Aluminium ribbon (strength: 2 µm)
  • Frequency range: 30 - 18.000 Hz
  • Sensitivity: -60 dB /1mV/PA (0dB = 1V/PA @ 1 kHz)
  • Maximum SPL: 148 dB
  • Delivery incl. U bracket and padded carrying bag
  • XLR cable attached to the microphone
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Great character
31.03.2015
As usual, t.bone delivers fantastic mics at an affordable price. This one is quite extraordinary, it renders a warm, rounded-off sound with a lot of character. Picks upp the slightest tone changes for high-volume things lika a valve guitar amp. Been using it together with a t.bone MB 75 on a Fender Blues Junior which I found is a fantastic combo for a rich, detailed and big guitar sound.

Also recorded some vocals with this and sure, it is not the brightest, but a perfect fit for more mellow/vintage-y styles of music.

Do be aware of how ribbon mics work before you consider buying one - they are very sensitive to the surrounding room due to their pickup patter. If you want to try out the ribbon sound - do like me and start with this one, it is impossible to be disappointed given its price.

If I would point out one flaw is the arrangement of the included, non replaceable mic cable - since it cannot be replaced I would have liked a more sturdy one. Also, it makes it a bit difficult to fit the mic in the included case.
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Amazing Microphones
PaulieW, 18.09.2017
I have been recording at home for 25 years and been through so many different set ups and microphones from sdc's at the cheaper end of the market (Rode NT5, Oktava etc) and LDC's (Rode NT1a, SE X1, SP B1, SM7). I have been searching for a nice warm sound on acoustic guitar that really makes you feel the instrument and is not harsh on the ears. Well, these tbone ribbon mics remove any harshness from an accoustic guitar and add a lovely midrange you just dont get on any of the cheaper mics I have ever used. There is no real clarity untill you turn up the eq on the treble end of the spectrum but all of a sudden the recording just comes alive. They take eq very well. I normally position the mic to the side about a foot away to the right of my guitar pointing at the soundhole. You do need a lot of clean gain to get the most out of these mics but using a triton fethead or cloudlifter is the best way forward here. Adding some reverb on to the recording, cut the low bass and magic! absolutely best mic I have ever bought for the price. good solid mic, good quality build and great sound. The case is a bit naff but for this price would rather have a great mic and cheap case!. Cant recommend them enough.
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Dark Ribbon
Chris Q., 10.04.2018
This is my second set of ribbons, and I was definitely surprised at the difference! My first pair were the RM700's, and these are considerably darker. This is great for giving a very mellow and bass-heavy quality to instruments - definitely good to pair with a brighter mic for vocals or amps or for ambient mic'ing of drums or electric guitar.

The main detractors are the built in cable, which while chunky is obviously an issue for the mic's longevity. It also makes placement clunky, which is annoying for fine adjustments to the angle of the mic.
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Only 100 euro's for this??
Rasound, 19.11.2016
There are better ribbonmic's i presume. The fact is: What you want to hear trough a high-sensitive mic in relation to price, distortion, reflection, honesty etc.
This t.bone RB500 learns YOU and therefore i recommend it for almost anyone. Especially low-budget-homestudios, this is the first mic you should have!
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