With both feet in the past and a brain in the future, the Stager SR-1A is a mammoth ribbon mic with some of the biggest, truest bottom-end you could hope to hear from a ribbon, condenser or anything else! The SR-1A houses massive Alnico-V magnets around a long ribbon in a precision machined aluminum housing. The output transformer, also made by Stager Microphones, is a toroidal design that's responsible for the deep bass, open, lulling top-end and depth of field.
Dual Alnico-V horseshoe magnets
Toroidal Transformer designed and made by Stager Microphones
Purely passive design
1.8 micron ribbon thickness
Ribbon Dimensions - 2" X 0.2"
Laser cut pole pieces
Precision machined aluminum, brass and steel construction
Matt Stager of Stager Microphones has spent nearly a decade creating ribbon mics that simultaneously reflect on the past while looking to the future. From his home base in Nashville, Tennessee, Matt builds each microphone by hand, including the SR-1A, SR-2N, Stereo SR-2N, SR-3 and his latest creation, the SR-5.
The SR-5 is Stager's take on a passive directional ribbon microphone, one that is loaded with Matt's high-performance proprietary toroidal transformer. This is the same handbuilt transformer utilized in the brand's other microphones. The SR-5 employs a hypercardioid polar pattern and was specifically designed for guitar and vocals, but the ribbon mic makes a perfect pairing on a number of other sound sources. Continue reading →
Even after successfully creating the ribbon microphone (and ribbon loudspeaker) in 1924, we're guessing Dr. Walter H. Schottky and Dr. Erwin Gerlach would not list the innovations in their top ten lifetime achievements. But, such is the life of a 20th Century physicist and inventor! Continue reading →
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