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    Quote Originally Posted by ashcat_lt View Post
    This. They point at you AND away from you at the same time, and will likely pick up a lot more of both ambience and noise in your room. Most home podcasters struggle to get rid of as much of both of these as possible.
    The point of engineering is to make it happen, instead of buying what the other dude bought, or, following whats hot in Vids. Anybody can cut off the back pattern, if they wish

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    I set my main LDC vocal mic in a partial figure-8 pattern. It's a multi-pattern tube mic, and the selection switch goes from Omni at about 8:00 to cardioid at 12:00 and figure-8 at 4:00...I usually set it at 2:00.

    I like having the back open up a bit...but I'll also set a reflection filter behind the mic, not too close.

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    Old time radio...which is I think what you're trying to emulate--had an excessively "warm" sound that was slightly heavy on bass and low mid tones. Large Dynamics come closest to this so I might try something like an RE20 or SM7B. Both mics turn up at not too earth shattering prices from time to time. In the meantime, you might try turning up the bass and down the treble EQ on you mixer--but only just touch. The Behringer controls are pretty over the top in their effect--and change a pretty wide frequency range.
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    I've always been kinda'' intrigued with the 2-3 MICs taped together. Can't we mix 6, or, 8 of them and pump it through a vintage vp-330 vocoder ?

    Well, I see old time radio as all over the place. If one o nly had a crystal receiver, its gonna' sound like a crystal receiver, ya know. For me, they were in documentary mode, rather than fidelity mode quite often.

    As an aside, regular radio drift can be pretty cool. More Radio Turkey. I have older and newer SW, but this one is so in the Aeather
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    Really showing my prehistoric age now !!!!!!!

    Back when I first started audio (actually well before this --- late 1940's !!!) many of the radio stations used the RCA 44-BX.

    They are still often seen on ebay but are now very much a collector's item and can be quite expensive --- before buying fully check that it is working as the folded ribbon was quite fragile and easily damaged.

    If you do a Youtube search for the "Laugh In" TV show from the 60/70s, the voice over announcer on each episode used one of these.

    They are a great sounding mellow mic and give a great speech sound, and they are marvelous on instruments like a French Horn (placed about 12 - 18" from the bellow, so as not to be effected by any wind), BUT do not use them on any really loud or air producing instrument (eg kick drum, floor tom, etc) as you will quite likely blow the ribbon apart.

    Good hunting with your quest.

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    The most famous broadcast;


    I would guess this one is actual, but there may be lots of Press Shoots ?

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    I have a sound in my memory of the sadly discontinued shortwave broadcasts from the BBC. Very round, tubey, bassy sound, but not boomy, I don't know how they did it, and some of the sound was likely due to the radio wave propagation affecting the tone, but maybe not since that sound was unique. That's what I think of as old-timey sound. A sample of it is prolly on youtube somewhere.
    http://www.nocats.net - has link to youtube channel but only some background music on those vids, so far, def more to come!

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    Quote Originally Posted by junplugged View Post
    I have a sound in my memory of the sadly discontinued shortwave broadcasts from the BBC. Very round, tubey, bassy sound, but not boomy, I don't know how they did it, and some of the sound was likely due to the radio wave propagation affecting the tone, but maybe not since that sound was unique. That's what I think of as old-timey sound. A sample of it is prolly on youtube somewhere.
    Well, you never know what you will get on the receiving end. But yes, World Service came through real nice for me in many locations. There's no shortage of DXers on the toob trying to pull in stations;
    BBC World Service, Jan 16, 2011, English Transmission - YouTube

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    that's nearly the sound on the link you posted, but also from 7 years ago, they are on the web but not on the air any more, otoh there are still others on shortwave, but prolly none sound like the bbc world service did, ok as that vid goes along, i can hear that old sound i remember, but the audio isn't the best on that one, i should tune around a little, but only a little since my radio is nearly in the grave
    http://www.nocats.net - has link to youtube channel but only some background music on those vids, so far, def more to come!

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    i found another one more clear on yt check this rounded tubey sound BBC World Service Radio news bulletin ( 1/2/1987) - YouTube
    http://www.nocats.net - has link to youtube channel but only some background music on those vids, so far, def more to come!

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