Post by christopher on Jun 25, 2020 11:39:50 GMT -6
I liked the 3rd clip 1:5 best; first clip 1:5 next best; 1:10's were very close calls but I liked the cinemag #2, but really all 4 are very usable. The 1:10 seemed to be more detailed? sharp? (ward probably explained it best) The 1:5 had something smooth and interesting to me.
I'm gonna have to go with the Cinemag 1:5. To me it sounded the most "accurate" or "true" which is something I seek a lot with sound reproduction. The other ones seemed to color the sound a bit much, compared to that one. They seemed less present or revealing of the vocal performance in subtle ways.
You could derange the sound later with your favorite processors, in my estimation. Or keep it more true to source. I also have no idea what the sound was in the room, haha. There's just a clear vibe to me with the Cinemag 1:5 here.
Last Edit: Jun 25, 2020 15:10:34 GMT -6 by monkeyxx
Post by bluegrassdan on Jun 25, 2020 16:09:22 GMT -6
Here are my personal thoughts...
Before trying the Crimson, I thought I was satisfied with the Cinemag 1:5. But there is something unnaturally "metallic" in the 5k-8k range that bugs me.
The Cinemag 1:10 has a very gentle rolloff that starts at 4k and goes down -1.5dB at 20k. But it also does this mid-forward thing that sounds kinda nasal. It's the exact same transformer design as Jensen. (I simply don't like this one.)
The Crimson simply sounds more musical to me compared to Cinemag. At 1:5 it is less dense and has some pleasent air, which would be nice on sources like acoustic instruments. At 1:10 it is more robust and colored.
I am likely going to add a ratio switch for 1:5 and 1:10 to allow for both options.
I am hearing mainly a more low frequency leaning on the Crimson vs a more high endy thing on the Cinemag like you were saying. I guess it's a preference after that. I'd probably high pass filter that Crimson vocal a little bit.
The Crimson is bringing out some sibilance the Cinemag does not; makes sense given the curves you posted at GroupDIY. The predominate difference is that top EQ. The Crimson seems mid scooped because of it. I might vote for a different one in a different source/mic context.
I can't get past the metallic rasp thing of the 87 to note any difference there, I hear a grainy thing in all samples. The Crimson treble brings out a different part of it.