The 10 Best Ribbon Microphones

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This wiki has been updated 11 times since it was first published in October of 2018. If you've grown tired of the character you've been getting from your tired, old condenser mics, it may be time to invest in one of the ribbon microphones on our list. They're incredible at capturing deep bass tones from instruments like drums and brass horns, and are known for taming shrill highs that are often associated with things like cymbals, electric guitars, and even some people's voices. When users buy our independently chosen editorial selections, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best ribbon microphone on Amazon.

10. Golden Age Project R 1 Active MKIII

9. Marantz Professional MPM-3500R

8. MXL R77

7. Coles 4038

6. Beyerdynamic M160 Double

5. Audio-Technica AT4081

4. AEA R44CE Cost Effective Edition

3. Shure KSM353/ED Premier Bi-Directional

2. Rode NTR Premium Active

1. Royer Labs R-122

Editor's Notes

November 29, 2018:

The best of these mics are inevitably expensive, though companies like MXL and Rode are doing really nice jobs driving the cost down with high-quality goods. Some brands, like Coles and Royer Labs, may not be as familiar to some, but they are among the most lauded manufacturers in the industry.

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Last updated on December 01, 2018 by Daniel Imperiale

Daniel Imperiale holds a bachelor’s degree in writing, and proudly fled his graduate program in poetry to pursue a quiet life at a remote Alaskan fishery. After returning to the contiguous states, he took up a position as an editor and photographer of the prestigious geek culture magazine “Unwinnable” before turning his attention to the field of health and wellness. In recent years, he has worked extensively in film and music production, making him something of a know-it-all when it comes to camera equipment, musical instruments, recording devices, and other audio-visual hardware. Daniel’s recent obsessions include horology (making him a pro when it comes to all things timekeeping) and Uranium mining and enrichment (which hasn’t proven useful just yet).

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