Re: recording mic
I have the fethead. Very handy, just plug and play (+add 48v) I've even used it with an SM7B which like ribbon mics is renowned for requiring large amounts of gain. General concensus is that they both do the same job very well, - a nice clean boost to the signal with imparting anything undesirable.
There's a 2channel version of the cloudlifter, handy for blumlien and other stereo mic ups.
There's also a version of the fethead with a high pass filter built in, though in this age capturing full range and processing later seems to make sense to me in most instances.
I've heard great things about the Joly mods, though I'm a bit isolated to make use of the service easily. Great to hear a C1000 can be modded to be a nice mic.
I have to agree, a great recording is about capturing a great performance. It's a lot easier when you are not trying to take care of other responsibilities, leaving all your attention to just puttin' it out there like you mean it.
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