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FLASHBACK: 1954 RCA 77-DX Microphone
The RCA 77-DX microphone was originally intended for television use, which is why its finish is low-gloss umber-gray enamel – for eliminating glare.
HOW IT WAS USED
Began for TV and became the “go-to” for most of the early “crooners.” It’s poly-directional, giving the engineer many options and decisions to make when using.
CAN BE HEARD ON
Countless TV/News personalities such as Edward R. Murrow used it. Musically, all of the early Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash tunes employed its services.
A reissue of the mic can be found. Expect compromises, but overall it’s a great replica.
Mic placement and positioning is essential to getting the performance you are after. There are many variations available with this mic and understanding what each does will go a long way. There is a ribbon on the mic, so be careful with putting too of a loud a noise directly into it. You can “blow” it easily.
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).