Does anyone actually own a Sphere Microphone?

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2018/11/21 13:58:32 (permalink)

Does anyone actually own a Sphere Microphone?

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    Re: Does anyone actually own a Sphere Microphone? 2018/11/25 17:26:29 (permalink)
    Yes, and it is, without a doubt, one of the best purchases I've made for the studio.
     
    First off, it is a remarkable microphone, even without the software. It just sounds great on vocals, guitars, and even hand percussion. It is a little too honest on my mandolin, but that thing will rip your scalp off without a microphone<G>!

    Second - the ability to do post processing can be a life saver if you are not working in a top notch space, probably even if you are. You can craft the exact sound you are looking for 4 times out of 5 - this doesn't mean you can ignore proper microphone placement, but it will solve a lot of problems.
     
    And last - some of these emulations are frighteningly cool. I can't swear to the accuracy of the ELA 251 M, or the tube type U47, or others for that matter, but I can tell you that they add a touch of class, for lack of a better phrase. There are a couple that are very similar to microphones I own or have used often enough, and I mean really close. The Coles 4038 is especially impressive - how did they get a condenser element to sound like a moving ribbon???

    The only place if falls short, to my ears, are the small capsule emulations, and I think that is a matter of geometry, and even though they don't sound "right" they still can sound quite nice.

    It ain't cheap, but it is a very useful tool if you do a lot of recording. I am seriously thinking about getting a second one. I'll probably still be thinking about it this time next year, but I am thinking<G>!

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    Re: Does anyone actually own a Sphere Microphone? 2018/11/25 17:32:02 (permalink)
    Bill,
    Thanks for your input!
    I have some pretty decent mics and pres, but gas is gas.
    I'm teetering, couldn't get Sweetwater to budge on the price.
    But I can respect that; so much of what we buy isn't "worth" the retail price because its on sale all the time.
     
    UPDATE; I bit on this one, couldn't help myself!
     
    I'm blaming it on you Bill, usually I tell my wife its all Ed's fault!
     
    That and I had a colonoscopy this morning and was told I couldn't drive and shouldn't make "important" decisions.
     
    I'm totally "covered" on this...................
     
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    post edited by DeeringAmps - 2018/11/26 19:35:08

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