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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Condenser Microphone No
Clip-On Microphone No
Incl. Clamp Yes
Stereo Pair No
Polar Pattern Figure Eight

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Unbelievable
Nkeman, 24.12.2020
I was told so many great things about this mic and it totally did not disappoint me!!
I own really good mics for my drum studio, including a Neumann Tlm 107 that I use as room mic. While that mic is amazing, I wanted to also add a Ribbon mic to the mix for tunes in which I needed a darker sound and less cymbals in the mix. Look no further. This mic sounds fantastic even with no processing, just sometimes the low mids need a bit of control with an eq but nothing crazy, it just sounds good for drums, you get a lot of the body and fatness of the drums. The only con is the cable that's attached to the mic directly, not always ideal, but it really is a minor thing. The look of it is fantastic as well which kinda adds to it.
Do yourself a favour and get this, at this price it's a no brainer
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It does my job with comfort at a ridiculous price.
PaulPp, 01.04.2021
First of all I have to say that this is my first ribbon mic. I couple this mic usually with the thomann FET preamp and I use it almost all the time for three months now in several recordings.

I always use it as an outside kick mic and always gives me great results. It's like having an outside large diaphragm and a subkick at one mic. Absolutely great results. I have also used it on acoustic instruments with a stereo pair small diaphragm with great results especially on acoustic guitar. It can give you great vintage sounding vocal and violin recordings.
In general it can work wonders in multimic techniques, or you can get the vintage vibe when you use it as the only mic, if that is what you are looking for.

It could have better build quality but at that price you can hardly ask for more.
From my experience this mic can give excellent results. There is no excuses for not achieving a decent recording with this mic as long as you know what to expect from a ribbon mic and you are familiar with the principles of recording technique.
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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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Surprise !
otopaz, 11.10.2020
This mic is too good to be true. As it is a ribbon, and if you buy this you are interested in the 'ribbon' effect which means - warm and round transients, it will do that exactly. If you need more details just blend a condenser mic with it, although it sounds very good as it is (presuming you are using a decent preamp and ad converter).

B.t.w - i read on forums that people claim that taking out it's inner protection net, make it sounds better. Well, i did it and after hearing it, immidietly had put back that net and it just sounds worse without it ! It loses all it's ribbon magic and turns into a dull condenser. It is very obvious that this mic was designed and calibrated using that net so my suggestion is - don't touch it ! Just use the mic as is - it is beautiful !
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