Coles 4038 Ribbon Microphone

Coles 4038 Ribbon Microphone

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Overview

The Coles 4038 is a truly iconic ribbon microphone, with the currently-manufactured mics almost completely unchanged from the originals designed by the BBC and built by STC in the 1950s. The 4038 sports a wonderfully dark, heavy sound that lends itself particularly well to drums, guitar amps, horns and any other sound source that can benefit from a rolloff of high frequencies.

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Product Specs

Brand
Model
  • 4038
Finish
  • Black
Year
  • 2000s
Made In
  • United Kingdom
Categories
Electronics
  • Analog
  • Passive
Microphone Type
  • Ribbon
Polar Pattern
  • Bidirectional
Wired/Wireless
  • Wired

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The 4038 initially gained its massive popularity in recording studios after being used above Ringo Starr's kit on a huge selection of The Beatles' recordings. The swiveling "waffle iron" head houses one of the thinnest ribbon elements ever produced, and allows the engineer to fine-tune the positioning of the microphone to best capture the sound as well as make use of its deep null to cancel out unwanted bleed from other instruments.

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