NUDE MIcrophones Stereo Blumlein Ribbon Microphone - Aug 2023
MIXDOWN MAGAZINE: Review
Tim McArtney - Recording and Mixing Engineer, Music Producer working from Hercules Street Studios, Studios 301, BMG Studios, Sony Music Studios
I love Nude Microphones. They are my first choice, and I always recommend them to both professionals — because of the sound and build — and to newcomers and hobbyists — because of the amazing price point.
Here I'm recording drummer/multi-instrumentalist Charlie Finn using a Nude Microphones Stereo Ribbon on the overheads. That's a serious microphone. It's sound is incredible. Just amazing on so many sources. I know what it clones, and I ain't paying that much for the original!
Thanks for everything, and for always building the highest quality microphones for the most affordable prices ever.
Simon Dobson - Producer - Lakehouse Audio
The NUDE stereo ribbon mic has been a mainstay on my drum overheads for a number of years now! It’s incredibly easy to place and always gives me that full bodied sound I’m after. It also shines at accurately representing the space in a room whether on acoustic or percussive instruments. It really is a Swiss Army microphone that I use on every session!
"Our stereo ribbon mic is our go-to for everything! Overheads, rooms, guitar cabs, acoustic, gang vocals. Since buying the stereo ribbon, we have used it in almost every session! Thank you Nude Mics!"
Matt Sibthorpe - Recording / Mastering Engineer
"The NUDE Stereo Blumlein Ribbon Microphone is the real deal. It truly lives up to its proclaimed title as the "Swiss Army Microphone". Not only does the lush sound of two ribbons give you a classy but detailed panorama of your recording but it's added versatility means you can use it for almost anything. I've used it to record room ambience in Blumlien configuration which has given me a fantastic sounding source that required little processing.
As featured in the picture, it was used as a cheeky M/S where it's upper ribbon captured the Mid (with a hint of rear) and it's lower ribbon took care of the sides. The end result left me wondering if there was a little studio going on within the mic itself. The recording was so clear and intelligible but managed to smooth out all those hard-edged transients that you often encounter whilst recording a twangy acoustic guitar. Don't mistake this for smearing, just magic! I'll be returning again as I've no doubt NUDE microphones will find a sturdy commonplace within recording studios alongside the toughest competitors out there."
Lachlan Mitchell, Producer – Jungle Studios
“Last week recording with the incredible NUDE stereo ribbon NUDE Microphones on overheads on drums at Jungle Studios in a direct comparison to our best stereo small diaphragm condensers. NUDE ribbon wins, hands down! Thanks NUDE. Put me down for a pair of those square ribbon mics of yours! Cheers!”
Devan Sabaratnam, Musician and Recording Engineer
“Finally got around to using my stereo ribbon mic that I bought from you a few months ago - and I am blown away. Truly a great mic for my acoustic guitar recording. Pro Tip: Small positioning changes when close micing an acoustic yields some big tonal changes. I ended up putting it around the 14th fret so that the left hand finger noise etc was on the left channel, and the picking/main sound was on the right. Adjusted levels to balance.”
Egliic - producer - engineer - mixer - musician
"This is my new shower-reverb. Sounds siiiiiick! "
Nick Russell, Engineer- Kings Closet
“NUDE stereo ribbon blumlein was great for capturing bagpipes during yesterdays session. Directly above artists head, one element going over her front towards the chanter”...."Tracking Frets Patrick and his gorgeous collection of resonator guitars for the next few days. Stunning instruments. Getting good use of the NUDE Blumlein as usual."
David Pendragon, Producer & Recording Engineer
“I can honestly say that the Nude stereo ribbon is one of the very best and most usable mics you are ever going to find out there….. With careful placement using the most valuable equipment you have (your ears!) you will find some extraordinary and beautiful 'sweet' spots. I have used mine on violins, acoustic guitars, as overheads and as an area mic over a small string section. ….. Recently recorded a hammered dulcimer, a violin, a saxaphone and a tabla, each recorded using this mic set up at one point in the room one after the other as overdubs, All I did was 'walk' the instrument into its sweet spot and then let the musician play. Am I waxing lyrical? You bet. It is one of the best things I have ever bought. Next plan is to record an acoustic 5 piece band with vocalist, all in one take with JUST this mic.”
Jesus Sick, Producer
“I bought a Matched pair of Ribbon Mics & a Stereo Blumlein mic from NUDE Microphones recently. These are beautiful pieces and return incredibly high fidelity signals.Thanks Hugh - I reckon I'll be back for more soon!”
Sean Ballenden, Triple Three Productions
“We’ve used a bunch of ribbons - Coles Sontronics etc and can say this mic holds its own . Great realism great imaging i use this mic on almost every session OH BGVS Acoustic Piano Drum Room. For $500 it delivers the goods…. Killer mic. Highly recommended ….Also own the Nude Square Ribbons nothing but great results.”
Mark “Sparky” Paltridge, Producer - Spark1 Studios
“Tracking congas this week at Spark 1 Studios..... Many thanks to Hugh Covill from Nude Microphones, cause his stereo ribbon mic rocks! Best conga sound ever!”
Jeff Lester, Recording Engineer
“I just want to say, your blumlein stereo mic, I never would have recorded with it as a stereo room mic before, but since I started, I cannot see myself recording without it as a stereo room mic ever again. This thing adds so much body and warmth to a drum kit, it's literally like taking the pillows off the kit, worth well more than what you charge for it!”
Peter Carolane, Recording Engineer
“I use this mic for drum overheads going through Sebatron VMP-2000evu pres - it's such a lush and pleasing tone. The best kept secret in ribbon mics.”
Audio Technology Magazine
This review of the NUDE Stereo Ribbon Microphone was published in issue 108