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Melodium 42Bn Ribbon Microphone

One of the largest and most well-regarded ribbon microphones ever, rebuilt and optimized by the expert team at Kerwax Studios in France

MFR# 42Bn

Product Description

The iconic Melodium 42B Ribbon Microphone, originally built by Charles Bouteleau and Émile Furn in Paris in the early 1940s, is back. Rebuilt and optimized by the expert team at Kerwax, the 42Bn revives one of the biggest and most well-regarded ribbon microphones.

The original microphone, made from the late 40s until the late 60s, had an advantage thanks to one part of its design: its ribbon was one of the largest ever made. Surrounded by 4 monster AlNiCo magnets, it delivered a smooth and warm sound through a specific step-up transformer, which was designed to change the impedance but also act as a passive filter The Melodium 42B compares favorably to its American and German peers of the same period.

This new Melodium 42Bn (the "n" is for new) is based on the same magnet technology, an improved motor, an overall improved mechanical construction, a custom-wound transformer allowing for a higher output impedance, and a classic XLR plug, making the microphone easy to use in a modern environment. The passive filter system, which doesn’t really belong in the studio environment anymore, has been removed.

As a result, the Melodium 42Bn is the true successor of the original 42B, thanks to the use of a very large ribbon and AlNiCo 600 magnets, which allow it to keep its characteristic sound while avoiding the overboosted sounds of some microphones using neodymium technology. Modern improvements allow it to find its place in any contemporary studio configuration.

The microphone, the box, and all the accessories are made with extreme care and love, with most of the parts being locally sourced and crafted. From the microphone itself down to the wooden box, everything is handmade in France. Melodium work with a local foundry, a craftsman who makes the box in the Jura region, and suppliers who work with respect for the environment and people.

FEATURES:

  • The largest ribbon microphone ever made, recreated for the 21st century
  • Original magnet technology using 4 x AlNiCo 600 magnets, creating a closed magnetic loop that provides a warm, smooth, and organic sound, like the original one
  • A vintage aesthetic combined with modern improvements designed with classic and modern studio needs in mind
  • Designed and 100% handbuilt in France using ecologically sustainable practices and locally sourced parts
  • Less than 1% plastic, 100% recyclable

Product Specifications

Condition New
Package Contents 42Bn microphone, stand adapter, mic mount, galvanized steel screw, and Beech wooden box
Length 12 in
Diameter 5.5 in
Unit Weight 4.4 lb
Transducer Type Ribbon
Polar Pattern Bi-Directional / Figure-Eight
Number of Microphones Single Microphone
Impedance 300 Ohms

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