FLASHBACK: 1970s Coles 4038 Ribbon Microphone

FLASHBACK
1970s Coles 4038 Ribbon Microphone

“Simply The Best For Drum Overheads”

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BACKGROUND
Designed by the BBC in the 1950s and originally known as the STC 4038, this mic was intended for both sound recording and radio broadcasting.

WHY IT WAS USED
The attenuation of high frequencies reduces sibilance on vocals but also reduces details, which is why they are best for drum overheads and brass instruments. The sound of the microphone has been described as very “British.”

INTERESTING FEATURES
It looks like a waffle iron!

CAN BE HEARD ON
Anything produced by Daniel Lanois, so U2 to Bob Dylan to half of your cool record collection.

LESSONS LEARNED
They give you the best option for really recording drum overheads. Steve Albini once said if he could only own one mic, it would be this one.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Don Miggs is a singer/songwriter/producer and fronts the band miggs (Elm City/Capitol Records). His love affair with vintage instruments and gear only presents a problem when he’s awake. Chat music & gear with him @donmiggs or miggsmusic.com, lalamansion.com, or his radio show, @thefringeAM820 (Saturdays 5-7PM EST).

Photo by Gabriel Burgos

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