Recording Engineer

Tubeless, Transformerless Microphones
« on: December 02, 2020, 04:11:53 AM »
It has dawned on me that the last 3 condenser microphones I’ve bought have been tubeless and transformerless and I’m not missing them in these microphones!

-Petter Berndalen/Jörgen Thuresson BT67
-Nordic Audio Labs NU-100K
-NIKFI KMN16

Gus, I’m patiently waiting for yours!


Gus

Re: Tubeless, Transformerless Microphones
« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2020, 07:06:43 AM »
Did searches and did not find much information about any of the three microphones

Gus

Re: Tubeless, Transformerless Microphones
« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2020, 08:49:10 AM »
Surprised there are no other posts in this thread


Recording Engineer

Re: Tubeless, Transformerless Microphones
« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2020, 01:52:27 PM »
No not much of anything out there about any of them.

The BT67 is with a cardioid-only Chinese capsule I’m pretty-sure (stock, custom, or otherwise, I have not inquired), trying to capture the essence of a U67 without a tube and transformer; ala TLM-67. I haven’t used a TLM-67 to compare, but they did a great job to my ears!

Petter sent me this picture.
« Last Edit: December 09, 2020, 06:29:16 PM by Recording Engineer »

Recording Engineer

Re: Tubeless, Transformerless Microphones
« Reply #4 on: December 07, 2020, 02:10:57 PM »
Martin Kantola’s NU-100K is definitely out of this world with his own 30mm capsule with a 6-micron aluminum diaphragm. This microphone proves to my ears that you don’t have to use a tube or transformer to make a true new classic in every sense of the word.
« Last Edit: December 07, 2020, 05:27:20 PM by Recording Engineer »

Recording Engineer

Re: Tubeless, Transformerless Microphones
« Reply #5 on: December 07, 2020, 03:32:34 PM »
The KMN16 is definitely it’s own brand new cardioid-only thing, brought about by the same developer as the Elation Microphones KM Series. There’s also a KMN15 cardioid-only, but in the few samples I was able to find, finely going over NIKFI’s website, my ear consistently was more excited about the 16, which seemed to have a more interesting texture and more intimate sound. If I was going for a more accurate sound, the 15 would be the one.

Still, to be honest though, I was surprised to find in its tiny booklet that the 16 has the more top-end boost between the two. It also has about a 40mV/Pa sensitivity! All this obviously indicates it was designed for far-field. Funny how, based on the samples, I thought the 16 might be nice for spot miking.

I was told they both have large diaphragms, but based on the glimpses I catch, it seems more like a medium-size, to my surprise. If guessing around 20mm or so.

Regardless, this microphone is no joke and clearly all designed from the ground-up as much as possible, from the inside out! It’s lovely.

As you can see, the capsule is on quite a long stand and sits pretty-high up in the egg.
« Last Edit: December 07, 2020, 05:36:58 PM by Recording Engineer »

Recording Engineer

Re: Tubeless, Transformerless Microphones
« Reply #6 on: December 07, 2020, 03:36:21 PM »
It’s funny what the site is doing to the picture rotations.

manulaudic

Re: Tubeless, Transformerless Microphones
« Reply #7 on: March 20, 2021, 05:37:44 PM »
Martin Kantola’s NU-100K is definitely out of this world with his own 30mm capsule with a 6-micron aluminum diaphragm. This microphone proves to my ears that you don’t have to use a tube or transformer to make a true new classic in every sense of the word.

That mic is fantastic !!


 

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