This is a very nifty piece of gear, and I've been hearing stellar reviews from players for years. I inquired a few years back, and at the time, they were only supplying their microphones direct to the end-user. Now that Ear Trumpet Labs has expanded their distribution to also sell through retailers, I'm very pleased to add the Nadine to our offerings!
Nadine is a medium-large diaphragm condenser mic that has been specifically designed by ETL just for upright basses. Its special mounting system is easy to use and pretty much "dummy-proof" - it's designed to go exactly where it goes, with no fuss or annoying variables, goosenecks, or college courses in acoustic design required. And it has been sonically optimized for that specific placement on the bass.
How, you ask? For one, they've dialed in the low end response so that - when installed on the afterlengths (as shown in the photos) you get a flat response, with no concerns about overly boomy tone that can often come from the "proximity effect" of close-mounting a large-diaphragm mic.
Meanwhile, the cardioid pickup pattern "hears" a wide "spread" of area, so that it gets a large enough swath of the bass top's surface to capture the full-bodied, realistic sound of your acoustic instrument. Yet, there’s still an excellent rejection off the back of the mic, so the likelihood of feedback from stage monitors or the picking up of other instruments is minimized.
The form factor of the mic is great, too. A clever bit of forethought has the mic element and mic body in two separate pieces; unlike a traditional "ball" shaped mic, this means that you won't have a large barrel pointing off the bass when the mic is aimed at the instrument's body. Instead, you securely strap the mic's body to the tailpiece with velcro elastic, and the separate head/element mounts easily between the strings above the tailpiece, using an included rubber grommet. The 14-inch high-quality, studio-grade Mogami cable that connects the two parts makes it easy to place the mic ideally on any bass.
This uniquely clever mounting system makes the Nadine microphone easily shared - without tools - between multiple instruments. At the same time, it's also secure enough to leave on one bass all the time, even when packing up and traveling to and from your gigs inside a gig bag or case.
There's a very good reason some big-name bassists (and plenty of "regular" players like you and me) are fired up about using this mic. It's got killer sound, a well thought-out design, and a really cool hand-made look, to boot.
- Handmade microphone with unique appearance
- Unique, easy-to-use mounting system designed specifically for upright bass.
- 14” Mogami cable and washer-mounted head to fit all sizes of upright bass.
- Capsule and electronics tuned for live use with excellent feedback rejection
- Internal shock dampers for minimal handling noise
- Transformerless FET fully balanced electronics
- Highest quality hand-wired electronic components - film caps, precision resistors, hand tested and matched transistors, with component values tuned for the individual circuit.
- Packed in metal tool case with custom-cut foam padding.
- Lifetime manufacturer's warranty.
TRANSDUCER TYPE: condenser, large (26 mm) diaphragm
POLAR PATTERN: cardioid
FREQUENCY RESPONSE: 20 - 15K hz (-3dB)
SENSITIVITY: -38.9 dB (11 mV/Pa)
OUTPUT IMPEDANCE: <50 Ohm
NOISE LEVEL, A-weighted: <17 dBA
POWER REQUIREMENT: +48V phantom power
WEIGHT: 1 lb (4 lbs cased)
DIMENSIONS: 8” x 2” x 2”; head is 2” in diameter
Ear Trumpet Labs offers a lifetime warranty! Click the tab, above, to read the details (also found on the Ear Trumpet website).
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