Slate ML-2 - the worst of it's kind

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kingkorg

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While i was positively surprised by the quality of build/emulations of their ML-1 modeling mic, i am puzzled how it is possible to do such a bad job with this one. This is by far the worst small diaphragm microphone i've measured ever.

I am surprised because there are couple of way better performing mics in this range, and their response is actually both flatter, and closer to ML-1 which is necessary for the mic to do what it's supposed to - model other mics.

For example, Takstar CM-60 is way flatter, based around same circuit, and closer to ML-1 curve. Slate ML-2 is produced by 797 Audio, and is basically pimped Behringer B5, but with worse capsule. While B5's capsule is quite decent, and pretty flat, ML-2's has this horrible dip in upper midrange and horrible low end response. I haven't included the 180° measurement, but at that exact spot where 0° dip is, there is huge spike in off axis response. So imagine how hi hat sounds when you use this mic on a snare 🤮

No need to imagine though there are lots of examples on the web.

The construction of ML-2 and B5 capsule is identical, just tuned differently, different spacers, and hole size.


While ML-1 is quite nice transformer coupled mic on it's own with no emulations applied, this is the worst pencil condenser i've ever seen. And they are supposed to be close, and both advertised as ULTRA LINEAR.

My advice for anyone thinking about or owning this mic is just use Takstar cm60, or Behringer B5. I guarantee better results, and even better emulation results. If you need a linear cardioid, get a Line Audio CM4.
 

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The insides look very similar to the t.Bone SC140 (which may or may not be a clone of the Rode NT55).
 

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Anyone trace the different SD versions of this type circuit?

The reason I ask is there are more active parts on the PCB than a SD microphone with the kind of like a Schoeps circuit you often find in some SD microphones. So I am guessing it might be a different circuit than a Schoeps like.
 

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The insides look very similar to the t.Bone SC140 (which may or may not be a clone of the Rode NT55).

I don't know if there's any connection to the T Bone SC140, but I have two of those cheap SC140 microphones and they sound pretty good.

Did some tests recently with three original Neumann KM84 mics against a variety of other SDC mics and the SC140 were the closest to the KM84, I never had used them that much before but I was impressed with the A/B results, the mic sounded great and it costs peanuts
 

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