I added some ribbon mic samples to the H6 vs UFX shootout in my last post, but I created the samples using a very low level test tone and what passes for silence in a suburban bedroom. I’ve gotten some requests for samples using voice and guitar, so here they are.
As in the previous comparison I connected the Beyer M260 with its ENAK re-ribbon to my Coleman LS1 passive switcher/splitter. I used a 1 khz tone from my Studio Six Digital Audio Tools iPhone app to adjust levels although in this case I simply cranked both devices to their max gain where they seemed pretty close. Then I recorded a bit of that tone to use for fine tuning levels in post.
I recorded the RME in REAPER, then pulled the Zoom H6 file into REAPER as well. I used the Sonalksis FreeG meter to trim the levels so they matched on the test tone. This required adding 1.5 dB of gain to the RME track.
Here are the resulting audio tracks, which include a bit of the test tone, some narration, room tone, and solo acoustic guitar. They are mono 44.1 khz 16 bit PCM so they will not stream well. You should download the clips to your own system to compare them.
Here’s a video of the comparison session:
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