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ok my tutor had a go at me today for not knowing whether one of the mics we were using was dynamic or condenser (all i had to go on was the model :? ), so ive been swotting up on mics this eve and come across tube /valve mics which ive never heard of. thought to myself 'whats the difference between a tube mic and any other kind of mic" so i searched and searched but all i could find was sites selling tube mics and therefore expecting one to already know what a tube mic is. if anyone knows what the difference is and what practical applications suit a tube mice over any other, please please throw some light on it :Grin:
 

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cheers dude, i came across that particular article during my search and it was muchos helpful regarding application, but didnt really explain what they are.

im guessing they're just a mic with a valve preamp built in, but that seems like a bit of a n over-complication of something that should be much simpler (they need a separate power supply as phantom wont do).
 

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Probably one of the best places to learn about the ins and outs of mics is at some of the manufacturers' webpages. Also there is this site which has a good FAQ page:

http://homerecording.com/bbs/index.php

That link is very good from Norty. I see what u mean about the over complication when a tube preamp might add the same character. I noticed they say that if u are using a tube mic u are advised not to run it thru a tube preamp, so one or the other would do perhaps. In any case hasn't stopped me doing exactly that. :Wink3: Sounds great on a sax. :Smile3: So I guess in terms of practical applications maybe u get a warmer sound or perhaps more harmonics. When using a not so great mic I often use the Antares Mic Modeler with the Neumann tube mic preset to get this sound. Seems to help.
 
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